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Halt Universal Credit As Wages Stagnate – Labour 16 Aug 2017 08:27 #3978

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AUG 2017 Wednesday 16TH posted by Conrad Landin

New benefit scheme will hit single parents, nurses and teachers hardest
MINISTERS should halt the roll-out of a controversial new benefits system, Labour will say today, as new figures reveal a sharp loss of income for nurses and teachers.
The government is combining a number of benefits for people on low incomes into a single universal credit payment. The Tories assert that this will simplify benefit claims and save the taxpayer money.
But House of Commons library data commissioned by Labour shows single parents with dependent children working full time could be left up to £3,100 a year worse off.
It also shows that nurses and teachers will be hit particularly hard by a toxic mix of stagnating wages and social security cuts.
A single parent of two working full-time as a teacher who is a new claimant of universal credit will receive £3,700 a year less in 2018-19 than in 2011-12.
An NHS worker who is a single parent in the same situation will be over £2,000 a year poorer in real-terms in 2018-19 compared to 2011-12.

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