Community Activists Network
The roll-out of Universal Credit looks set to continue this winter with work and pensions secretary, David Gauke, rejecting suggestions to pause the process in order to smooth out the flaws in the system, particularly the 42 day wait for the first benefit payment which has resulted in many claimants being forced into debt and rent arrears . Opposition to this continuation has been expressed by 14 Tory backbenchers as well as Labour MPs Jim McMahon, Jo Platt as well as a stern warning from Andy Burnham that rough sleeping will double if the roll-out continues.
If you want to look into the impact of Universal Credit, the Northern Housing Consortium have released four reports on the impact this is having on its tenants, the most recent (round 4 report) dated July 2017. Please click on the link below:
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