The Government’s roll out of Universal Credit is causing debt, poverty and evictions. Yet the Tories push on regardless.
Citizens Advice has described Universal Credit as a “disaster waiting to happen”
Housing Associations report an increase of up to 50 per cent in the eviction of tenants with rent arrears due to Universal Credit
Even former Tory Prime minster, Sir John Major, described Universal Credit as “operationally messy, socially unfair and unforgiving”
Some working families will be up to £2,600 a year worse off under Universal Credit
The changes to benefit payments will see benefits going to the claimant rather than straight to the landlord, as was the established system. This change was originally piloted for council homes in Sheffield, and in the piloted areas there was a 43% increase in arrears, and this was for people who were not in arrears beforehand.
The Council could now face a huge shortfall which will have a significant effect on the ability to build and repair council homes. The council has already had to make millions of pounds of provision for loss of income.
Councillor Mohammad Maroof, Nether Edge & Sharrow, says “Our Labour council has been clear with our concerns for some time about the proposed changes to Universal Credit. We believe the changes could have a devastating impact on the most vulnerable – a large proportion of whom will be single parents and/or from the BME community - and this must not be allowed to happen".
“We have seen already that Labour have forced the government into scrapping the 55p a minute telephone call service for people calling for help affected by the benefit changes,”
Fellow Nether Edge Councillor Jim Steinke added, “I find it incredible that the government are pressing ahead with the roll-out of Universal Credit despite the widespread outcry. It is even more incredible that they are doing so given that they are closing job centres, such as Eastern Avenue, and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau are unlikely to be able to cope with an increased demand”
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