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The Government must U-turn on Universal Credit

The whole point of Universal Credit is to make work pay, which it did before the Conservatives slashed funding by a shocking £3 billion pounds per year and reducing the amount people can earn on benefits. This has destroyed the whole point of UC and pushed countless people below the water line.

The problems stem from conflicting objectives: providing minimum family income; providing incentives to work; simplification; and saving money. Simplification, saving money and work incentives have taken precedence over the first, crucial, priority. Practical problems have been ignored creating real hardship, payment delays in the switchover, penalties for the self-employed; use of a single bank account for divided families; barriers to work from lack of childcare; monthly payments for those on weekly or casual wages; technical complexities in establishing online payment; and the use of Universal Credit to facilitate debt collection.

It is shameful that the United Nations needed to call out the Tory Government, which has forced millions into poverty, forced them to resort to food banks to feed their children, with many families having been evicted and become homeless. The UK Government is using the cover of the Brexit crisis it has caused, to avoid taking real action on anything else. It never needed to be this way and it can be fixed. Join our campaign to find out more about our work locally.

Trussell Trust - Universal Credit - Key Findings (The Trussell Trust: https://www.trusselltrust.org/what-we-do/research-advocacy/universal-credit-and-foodbank-use/)

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