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DWP is confronted by the most staggering evidence over its flagship policy to date. 06 Oct 2018 08:58 #10397

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The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) flagship benefit is facing criticism from a charity on the front line. It comes with some staggering data about food-bank use. But the charity giving the DWP this criticism doesn’t appear to be going far enough in its solution to this crisis.
The DWP: benefits under fire

The DWP’s flagship but controversial new benefit replaces six old ones (known as “legacy benefits“), with one payment. Currently, what’s known as “live service” Universal Credit has been rolled out in certain areas for new claims. Eventually, the DWP will move everyone onto “full service“, including those on legacy benefits. This process is due to start in 2019.

The Trussell Trust is the UK’s largest food-bank network. Its own figures show that:

" In 2017-2018, 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies were provided… a 13% increase on the previous year. Over a third of supplies (484,026) went to children."

Now, the Trussell Trust has analysed Universal Credit. It shows that, where the DWP has rolled Universal Credit out, there was a 52% increase in food-bank use over 12 months

www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/10/05/the-dwp-is-confronted-by-the-most-staggering-evidence-over-its-flagship-policy-to-date/
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DWP is confronted by the most staggering evidence over its flagship policy to date. 06 Oct 2018 22:16 #10400

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What I find even more worrying is as more people need foodbanks there is going to be less people able to support them as some are going to be joining the queues themselves.
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