38 Degrees have a petition to pause UC rollout

by Readers Question

9:43 AM, 16th October 2018
About a month ago

38 Degrees have a petition to pause UC rollout

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38 Degrees have a petition to pause UC rollout

I would like to share the 38 Degrees petition to pause the rollout of Universal Credit: click here

“To Esther McVey:

Universal Credit is a scheme that replaces lots of different benefits. But it’s been riddled with problems since it was first trialed. It’s seen families relying on food banks, people forced onto the streets, even, in some cases, deaths. There’s mounting opposition to Universal Credit, including influential Conservative politicians speaking against it. Let’s make sure the government doesn’t roll out a system that:

  • Makes people worse off when they transition on to it
  • Has sanctions that are proven not to work
  • Leaves people waiting for weeks before receiving the money they need to survive”

Universal Credit has also been a nightmare for landlords and tenants with a marked increase in rental arrears in every area it has so far been rolled out.

At the time of publishing this petition had over 101,000 signatures

Many thanks

 

Heather



Comments

Mick Roberts

16:23 PM, 16th October 2018
About a month ago

105,000 now.

Chris Daniel

21:36 PM, 16th October 2018
About a month ago

The huffpost today had the below - basically, its all about votes, just like every other Conservative govt housing policy. !

" Today, the BBC has an exclusive leak of DWP emails showing the department plans to further delay the national roll-out of the controversial benefit. Some four million people (that’s a heck of a lot of voters) are due to be ‘migrated’ onto Universal Credit, with testing due next January and letters sent to them next summer. Under the delayed timetable, the testing won’t happen until next summer, letters sent in late 2020 and the whole system in place by December 2022 - nine months later than previously stated. Labour – and rebel Tory backbencher - calls for the roll-out to be put on ‘pause’ may now intensify.

There are also plans to increase cash support. When the whole issue last blew up, McVey’s predecessor David Gauke gave claimants two weeks help with housing benefit. Now it seems that the extra leeway will provided for income support, employment and support allowance, and job seekers allowance a fortnight after a claim for universal credit has been made. The self-employed and those getting child tax credits may also get fresh help. But there’s a big ‘but’ in the email: "We can currently offer no assurance that ultimately these proposals will prove to be deliverable, can survive legal challenges where they can be delivered, and do not invite new political criticism by generating new policy issues. "


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