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Crucial Universal Credit vote delayed amid poverty concerns 06 Jan 2019 20:19 #12635

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Several Tory MPs were reportedly prepared to vote down the plan to move 3 million people on to Universal Credit.

A crucial vote in Parliament on the continued rollout of the Government’s flagship Universal Credit scheme has been delayed, amid rising concerns that the new benefit is driving people into poverty.

PM Theresa May told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show that the rollout would still be completed by 2023, but that the Government will only be seeking MPs permission to transfer 10,000 existing benefit claimants to the new system as part of a trial.

MPs were due to vote on moving an around 3 million existing claimants to Universal Credit in a matter of weeks, but fears that several Tory MPs were prepared to vote down the proposal means the crucial vote has been pushed into the long grass.

The possibility of a delay was first reported by the Observer on Sunday, who reported that the change of heart “comes after a stream of concerns from charities, MPs and campaigners about the impact universal credit has had on claimants new to the benefits system.”

A Whitehall source told the Observer that Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd “has come into the Department and taken a no-holds-barred approach to reform”.

“Therefore she wants Universal Credit to receive a fresh Parliamentary mandate and being personally sure the system is working in the interests of every claimant.

“So she will move 10,000 claimants, and carefully monitor this, before returning to Parliament to report on her findings and seek that fresh mandate for the full roll-out.”

welfareweekly.com/crucial-universal-credit-vote-delayed-amid-poverty-concerns/
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Crucial Universal Credit vote delayed amid poverty concerns 07 Jan 2019 11:31 #12643

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Quote: “So she will move 10,000 claimants, and carefully monitor this, before returning to Parliament to report on her findings and seek that fresh mandate for the full roll-out.”

Much as we appreciate this move, the 10,000 individuals who will be `tested` on won`t be. What Ms Rudd should have done was HALTED UC altogether until all it`s fundamental problems were ironed out before it is once again put into the public domain. Returning to Parliament to `report her findings` could be that many more people have been let down and starved by the time all this information is gathered. What then? Will parliament swallow the whole `everything is fine now` so we can proceed?
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Crucial Universal Credit vote delayed amid poverty concerns 07 Jan 2019 13:50 #12648

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"What then? Will parliament swallow the whole `everything is fine now` so we can proceed?"

Very likely.

"Currently, the managed migration amendments to the law are an “affirmative statutory instrument“. This is where a minister changes an existing law, then the Houses of Commons and Lords vote on it. But there is nothing stopping Rudd from changing the amendments to a “negative statutory instrument“. This would mean she could push the changes through without MPs voting on them."

www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/01/07/the-dwp-just-tried-to-con-everyone-over-universal-credit/
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Crucial Universal Credit vote delayed amid poverty concerns 07 Jan 2019 14:19 #12650

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Chances are she has actioned this because of some backbench revolt against it and when the Tories know this is likely to happen, they backtrack. But it`s usually only a temporary one until they can hit the GO button. A complete HALT of UC is what`s needed and they know this. But they can`t be seen to be bowing to opposition parties and what they want, can they. What we need is a negative Brexit vote next week and some kind of revolt against the PM. All hell breaking loose and a change in government. It`s our only real hope sadly because UC is not going away under THIS government.
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Crucial Universal Credit vote delayed amid poverty concerns 07 Jan 2019 15:51 #12651

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Quote I just copied courtesy of the scottishunemployedworkers.ner site:

Of course we mustn’t forget that the Government’s measure of success is very different from ours. If your aim is to discipline the working class through a punitive welfare system that makes everyone afraid to do anything that might risk annoying their boss, then Universal Credit will tick your boxes.

That about sums UC up.
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