Universal Credit is fundamentally flawed and it’s roll-out should be halted. Here’s why.
What is Universal Credit?
Universal Credit is a benefit being introduced by the Tories to replace several benefits:
- Tax Credits
- Housing Benefit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
What’s the issue?
Before receiving their first payment, new claimants must wait at least five weeks. Where Universal Credit has been introduced, this wait has caused rent arrears, household debt and left families to rely on foodbanks.
Universal Credit is causing misery and hardship for too many people. Help us send a message to Tory Ministers and tell them to halt the rollout of Universal Credit now.
— The SNP (@theSNP) October 17, 2018
What can the Scottish Government do?
Universal Credit is a UK government benefit. The Scottish Government has new powers over Universal Credit which we have used to give people a choice over whether to receive payments once or twice monthly, and to have the housing element paid directly to their landlord.
What should the UK government do?
⏳ A year ago, Mhairi Black warned Tories of the dangers of #UniversalCredit.
⌛️ Now they admit people will be worse off because they refused to halt the shambolic roll-out.
🔃 Tories should listen to Mhairi Black & halt the roll-out of Universal Credit. Share if you agree. pic.twitter.com/9tGwU9o2xY
— The SNP (@theSNP) October 11, 2018
The roll-out of Universal Credit should be halted until fundamental flaws have been fixed, particularly the five-week payment delay. We also strongly oppose the cap that restricts Child Tax Credits to the first two children; the inhumane Rape Clause; and the benefit cap.
Join our fight
Add your voice to our call to halt the roll-out of Universal Credit and sign our petition today.