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An SNP MP blasts the DWP’s flagship policy 12 Sep 2018 13:22 #10147

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An SNP MP blasts the DWP’s flagship policy for playing into the hands of domestic abusers

“Urgent reform”

As Welfare Weekly reported, Whitford issued a damning statement about Universal Credit ahead of a House of Commons event organised by women’s domestic abuse organisations. She said:

"The UK government must finally listen to the overwhelming evidence from women’s groups, who are clear that Universal Credit needs urgent reform to tackle the increased risks of domestic abuse."

Financial Abuse affects one in five women and the current system, of paying Universal Credit into one bank account per household, makes it easier for perpetrators of domestic abuse to exert complete financial control – leaving women isolated; with no money to socialise with friends and family or to leave an abusive relationship.

Financial abuse

Whitford issued her statement in response to a report from campaign groups the Women’s Budget Group, End Violence Against Women and Surviving Economic Abuse. The report describes [pdf, p1] how Universal Credit “requires couples to nominate a single bank account”. It states [pdf, p1] that the government’s rationale for this decision is that payments to one bank account:

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An SNP MP blasts the DWP’s flagship policy 12 Sep 2018 14:14 #10150

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UC should be (but isn`t) paid to the individual if they live as a couple. This would prevent one or the other controlling the household purse. I`m an SNP voter, but I would like to see more action NOW with Universal Credit and the prevention of it`s users being guinea pigs for an experimental system that MP`s `think is a good idea` but do F all to halt it until it`s `fixed`. Nice of them to say that some people will, `fall through the cracks` while they live in their cushy world of high pay and expenses. Yet are happy for some people to fail the system.
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