Iain Duncan Smith welcomes universal credit migration pilot

7th January 2019

Iain Duncan Smith welcomes proposals for a pilot to test migration from legacy welfare benefits to universal credit as, he says, the “test and learn process” was part of the process unlike the mess of tax credits where nearly 1 million people lost all their money.

I welcome my right hon. Friend to her place. Her announcement is absolutely right. She knows the whole point of universal credit was the test and learn process, unlike, and learning lessons from, the mess of tax credits. Under tax credits, nearly 1 million people lost all their money. That will not happen under universal credit. I hope she will absolutely see the programme through.

I thank my right hon. Friend for his support and pay tribute to the incredible work he did to set up universal credit, particularly focusing on ensuring that universal credit helps people into work. We must remember that under previous legacy rates that took place under Labour, to which he rightly draws attention, there were marginal rates of tax of 90%. No wonder people were discouraged from going into work.