United States

Universal credit: Vote to extend benefit to 3 million delayed

The next stage of the universal credit rollout appears to have been delayed amid concerns about the controversial new benefits system.MPs were due to vote on whether to move three million benefit claimants onto universal credit in the next few weeks.But this vote has been pushed back and Parliament will instead be asked to vote on transferring just 10,000 people to the new benefits system.Ministers say all claimants will be on universal credit by 2023 as planned.Universal credit is the UK's welfare reform and is being phased in across the UK. It combines six different benefits into one monthly payment. Supporters of the reform say it helps simplify the current benefits system, which is complicated. But the rollout has run over budg ...