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TOPIC: Amber Rudd finally admits link between Universal Credit and rising foodbank use

Amber Rudd finally admits link between Universal Credit and rising foodbank use 05 Jan 2019 11:33 #12585

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New DWP boss says she "regrets" that Universal Credit has forced people to use foodbanks.

Amber Rudd has finally admitted that the Government’s flagship Universal Credit scheme has been responsible for driving record numbers of people to foodbanks, but still insists the new benefit is “a force for good”.

The new Work and Pensions Secretary, who took over the role from Esther McVey, made the comments during a visit to a Jobcentre in Longton, Staffordshire.

The visit was part of what she decribed as a “nationwide tour” to promote Universal Credit, which has been beset with problems since its introduction and has faced widespread criticism from both MPs and charities alike.

She said: “I recognise that there have been problems as it [Universal Credit] has been taken forward.

“That has made people fearful of it, and so one of the reasons I’m visiting different Jobcentres is to speak to the work coaches, and to clients as well, to find out what has been working well for them, as well as what hasn’t been.”

welfareweekly.com/amber-rudd-finally-admits-link-between-universal-credit-and-rising-foodbank-use/
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