Government takes on board concerns around Universal Credit but must go further


Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Amber Rudd announced today that Universal Credit payments will now go to the main carer in a household, following campaigning from Refuge and other women’s organisations highlighting the risks that existing universal credit policies present for survivors of domestic violence.

Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of Refuge, said:

“Refuge welcomes the Secretary of State’s decision to scrap the extension of the two child limit and to pay Universal Credit payments to the main carer in a household. We are delighted to see the Government has taken on board the concerns of our frontline staff and of the women we support. The changes announced today will mitigate some of the negative impacts of Universal Credit, but there is still further to go. Refuge urges the Government to make single payments the default for all couples, end the two child limit in its entirety, and make advance benefit payments for survivors as grants, rather than loans.”