Report Universal credit cut will come as shock for claimants, says Labour -Gov accused of failing to communicate £20 imminent cut in House prices and the economy Posted August 22 15 minutes ago, Frugal Git said: Instead of being angry, look at it from their perspective. They are acting rationally. They lose 73p+ in the £ for every actual earned pound. In effect, at minimum wage they’d be taking home about about £2 p/h per extra hour earned because of the taper rate. So why wouldn’t they say sod it? you could say things like pride, self respect etc. Easy to say, but given how screwed they are regardless in terms of housing etc, you can hardly blame them. Not to mention pride and self respect means valuing your time too. And £2 or £8 p/h are both utter sh1t. The sensible option is to lower benefits the longer you are on them. They are a safety net not a forever gift.