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TOPIC: The Tory flagship welfare policy on Universal Credit belongs in the 1950s

The Tory flagship welfare policy on Universal Credit belongs in the 1950s 08 Mar 2018 06:55 #6452

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Agenda: The Tory flagship welfare policy on Universal Credit belongs in the 1950s

By Philippa Whitford, SNP MP for Central Ayrshire

WOMEN shouldn’t have to choose between poverty and abuse yet the UK Government is forcing women to do just that.
Universal Credit (UC), the Tories’ flagship welfare policy, is routinely only paid into one bank account per recipient household and charity Women’s Aid is concerned that this could keep women, and to a lesser extent men, trapped in abusive relationships. The worry is also that paying the combined benefits of a couple into a single bank account could impede funds reaching intended beneficiaries such as partners and children, and make financial coercion easier.

Today, on the eve of International Women’s Day, I publish my Universal Credit (Application, Advice and Assistance) Bill which seeks to protect women from financial abuse by introducing routine split payments. It would also compel the UK Government to carry out detailed equality impact assessments of its welfare changes, which it has failed to do despite research showing women have borne the brunt of 86% of the cuts.

Sadly, domestic abuse is rife in the UK with police receiving, on average, 100 calls every hour. Financial abuse is a form of domestic abuse and is estimated to affect one in five women at some point in their lives.

Read More Here;
www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/16068877.Agenda__The_Tory_flagship_welfare_policy_on_Universal_Credit_belongs_in_the_1950s_/
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