Room 3.15, London Anarchist Bookfair Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS
Universal Credit, the new mechanism through which the state will manage useful poverty, merges 6 income based benefits for “working age” people in order to make “work pay, achieve fairness and simplify the system”. This workshop looks at: What does the design of universal credit show about the purpose of work. Why has the state to seek to ensure it is made to pay through a combination of financial support and sanctions. We look at how universal credit achieves fairness against the interests of those with and without work, and how simplification works without any reduction in rules.