The Department for Work and Pensions office in London.

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has quietly dropped its estimates of how many children will be lifted out of poverty because of Universal Credit.

A white paper from 2010, which set out the government’s plans for the new programme, suggested it could lift 350,000 children out of poverty.

In 2013, a written answer to Conservative MP Chris Skidmore from then DWP minister Esther McVey showed that that estimate had been downgraded to 150,000.

When asked again in 2016, this time by Labour MP Stephen Timms, the department failed to provide any figure at all, instead Timms was told that the government is “committed to eliminating child poverty”.

When contacted by this week, the DWP again failed to give any estimate of how many children would be lifted out of poverty because of the introduction of Universal Credit.

Source: DWP quietly drops Universal Credit child poverty forecast – Westminster

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