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Universal credit rollout delayed yet again

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The system, which will merge six benefits into one payment, has been beset with problems.
Leaked documents seen by the BBC reveal plans to spend hundreds of millions of pounds to prevent claimants suffering hardship as they move onto it.
The government said it always intended to introduce the benefit slowly.
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey told the Commons on Monday that she had been discussing details of universal credit with the chancellor and details of this would be revealed in the Budget later this month.
Ms McVey said the roll-out would be "slow and measured" and start in 2019 with "a small amount of people - maybe 10,000 - to ensure that the system is right". More people would go over to Universal Credit from 2020, she added.
The system was originally supposed to be up and running by April 2017, but is now not expected to be fully operational until December 2023.
Massive overspends and administrative problems have plagued the reform.
What is Universal Credit?
The policy was first announced under the coalition government in 2010. It's supposed to simplify benefits for working-age people, replacing income support, jobseeker's allowance, employment and support allowance, housing benefit, child tax credit, and working tax credit.
Under the old system, claimants faced a "cliff edge" where people on low incomes would lose all their benefits once they started working more than 16 hours a week.
The new system is supposed to reduce benefits gradually as earnings increase.
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What is the problem with it?
Pressure has been mounting on the government for weeks to either delay or halt the next stage of the reform.
Much criticism has centred on the time it takes for people applying for Universal Credit to receive their first payment - 35 days - with some claimants left struggling to pay their bills in that period

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