Means-tested benefits are designed to ensure a minimum standard of living for Britain’s poorest families.
While the government's opponents rage about benefits being cut, claims on what remains are often barely 50% of those entitled.
From April, single parents will have to look for work when their youngest child turns three.
Fewer than half a million people are currently receiving the new, simplified benefit according to newly released data.
Plans to stop universal credit payments in favour of a 'national living wage' will not address the long-standing poverty of many people in paid employment.