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TOPIC: A ‘toxic’ DWP policy is about to be publicly decontaminated

A ‘toxic’ DWP policy is about to be publicly decontaminated 09 Oct 2018 23:15 #10467

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The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) flagship benefit Universal Credit it proving pretty unpopular. But its branding as ‘toxic’ by a former aide to a Conservative prime minister has inspired a campaign group to act. And it wants you to join in.
The DWP: toxic in every way?

The contentious new benefit replaces six old ones (known as “legacy benefits“) with one payment. Currently, in what’s known as “live service”, Universal Credit has been rolled out in certain areas for new claims. Soon, the DWP will move everyone onto “full service“, including those on legacy benefits. This process is due to start in 2019.

But as The Canary has documented, it’s been mired in scandal. Most recently was a damning report by food-bank network the Trussell Trust. It directly pinned the blame on rising food-bank use to Universal Credit. Both Unite the Union and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have said Labour must pledge to scrap it. And it appears the party is listening. Because shadow chancellor John McDonnell hinted during a Sky News interview that scrapping it may become policy.
Tweet it out

Campaign group BENEFITS NEWS is seeking to keep up the pressure on the DWP and the Conservative government. So it’s leading a Twitterstorm about ‘toxic’ Universal Credit. It starts on Wednesday 10 October at 7pm:

www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/10/09/a-toxic-dwp-policy-is-about-to-be-publicly-decontaminated/
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