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New approach to Universal Credit

The government will not extend the two-child limit on Universal Credit for children born before April 2017, when the policy came into effect, benefitting around 15,000 families.

Other changes include pilot schemes to provide more frequent payments for new claimants, a new online system for private landlords and a more flexible approach to childcare provisions.

From July 2019, up to 10,000 people in the pilot will be carefully supported onto the new benefit. When that is complete the Department for Work and Pensions will return to Parliament to seek permission for future migration.

This will have no impact on the roll-out of Universal Credit, which will be fully rolled out by the end 2023 as previously set out.