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Universal credit research published on claimants’ attitudes to work

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Social Development

The Department for Social Development has today published research into the attitudes and perceptions of benefit and tax credit claimants.

The research, DSDNI Benefits and Tax Credits Survey - NI Segmentation Report Pack, was commissioned by the Department to provide a fuller understanding of how the proposed move to Universal Credit may affect different groups of claimants. Six groups were identified, ranging from those furthest from seeking a job or increasing their hours, to those most focussed on getting a job.

The research was conducted between January and April 2012 and consisted of face to face interviews with 1,004 households.

The report is available to download at

Notes to editors:

1. DSDNI Benefits and Tax Credits Survey - NI Segmentation Report Pack was undertaken on behalf of the Department by Ipsos MORI.

2. Universal Credit is part of The Welfare Reform Bill (NI) 2012 which is currently making its way through the legislative process at the Northern Ireland Assembly.

3. Further information on the Welfare Reform proposals for Northern Ireland can be found at

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