Duncan Smith's welfare reform white paper, unveiled last week, proposes that the "earnings disregard" for a lone parent should increase to £5,000 and to £7,500 for a disabled household once the universal credit system is introduced. Different rules will have to be drawn up for workers using the slivers of time system because the figures in the white paper are for annual earnings.
Doesn't this completely negate the idea of a 'one size fits all' benefit?
If different rules have to be drawn up for certain people or certain schemes, how is that simplifying?
I agree with the idea that the system needs simplifying but the Universal Credit already appears to be less than simple.