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TOPIC: UC delay sparks calls for flagship Tory benefit rollout to be scrapped.

UC delay sparks calls for flagship Tory benefit rollout to be scrapped. 09 Jan 2019 04:13 #12702

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Universal Credit delay sparks calls for flagship Tory benefit rollout to be scrapped

Council leader warns that vulnerable people have already "contemplated taking their own lives" because of Universal Credit.

A recent announcement by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd MP, that the planned migration of millions of benefit claimants to Universal Credit is to be delayed has led to calls for the rollout to be abandoned.

The new DWP boss, who replaced Esther Mcvey after her predecessor resigned from the Cabinet over differences with the PM’s Brexit proposals, revealed at the beginning of this week that a vital Parliamentary vote will be pushed into the long grass.

The Government were seeking permission from MPs to enact a plan to transfer an estimated three million exisiting claimants on to the Government’s flaship new benefit.

But fears that several Tory MPs were planning to rebel against the Government over long-standing concerns about the impact of Universal Credit on low-income households, forced the DWP to delay the vote.

However, Government ministers insist the decision was taken as part of a managed approach to Universal Credit migration, despite a recent admission from Amber Rudd that flaws in Universal Credit system have been at least partly responsible for rising foodbank use.

Joyce McCarty, deputy leader of Newcastle City Council, told Chronicle Live that Universal Credit has been a “disaster” for people across the country.

welfareweekly.com/universal-credit-delay-sparks-calls-for-flagship-tory-benefit-to-be-scrapped/
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