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Grenfell Tower MP calls for Universal Credit launch delay 08 Dec 2018 05:24 #11902

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The MP whose seat is home to Grenfell Tower has urged the government to delay next week's launch of Universal Credit in the area, saying it could leave survivors without income at Christmas.

The benefit scheme is due to come to North Kensington, where the blaze left 72 dead, just 13 days before Christmas.

The first payment takes five weeks to come through, a situation Emma Dent Coad described as "unacceptable".

The government said it was providing "targeted support" for those affected.

Universal credit was designed to make claiming benefits simpler, combining six different payments into one, but has proved controversial, with reports of IT issues, massive overspends and administrative problems.

It was due to be rolled out in North Kensington in July 2017 but was delayed following the deadly tower block fire the month before. It is now set to be introduced on Wednesday.
'It's unthinkable'

Ms Dent Coad, who won the west London constituency of Kensington for Labour in the general election just days before the fire, wrote to then work and pensions secretary Esther McVey on 2 November urging the government not to inflict any more pain on families who had "already lost so much".

She highlighted problems they had faced last Christmas when some pay-outs to survivors by the local council were delayed.

The MP told BBC News: "It's unthinkable, they're going to have another Christmas now wondering whether they can afford to buy food, let alone presents for their children."

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said advances of up to 100% were available for people from the first day of their claim.

But Ms Dent Coad, who set up a food bank in Kensington, said in her letter that requesting advances for Christmas would leave people facing "many future months without enough income to cover their expenses".

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-46484217
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Grenfell Tower MP calls for Universal Credit launch delay 08 Dec 2018 09:47 #11905

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Love this bit;
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said advances of up to 100% were available for people from the first day of their claim.
And pay it back with Just What exactly ? :huh:

Benefits are so low they Fail to provide enough Food and Heat in our Homes, so how the hell can anyone ADD to there already Unaffordably Loans. :angry:
Have they forgotten all about the Benefits Freeze thats been going on for years, Pulling Britain Down to a 3rd World Banana State.
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