FEWER Brits are having their Universal Credit sanctioned than ever before, new figures have revealed. More people are exempt from having their benefits slashed - either because they have health conditions or are meeting their promises to work or look for a job. Of the 1.7million people on the new benefit, just 2.4 per cent of them have had a deduction from their sum in February, the DWP said. That's down from 5.94 per cent at the same point the year before. Brits are sanctioned for failing to attend appointments on time, or not doing A third of claimants aren't subject to any sanctions at all. Minister for Employment Alok Sharma told The Sun: "Universal Credit provides tailored, financial support and encourages people to improve their employment opportunities and find work. "It’s only fair that people who are able to work should fulfil certain commitments in order to receive benefits, and sanctions play an important part in this, but as these figures show they are only used in a … [Read more...] about Universal Credit sanctions slump to their lowest level ever
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UNIVERSAL Credit's five week wait for delays HAS pushed people to foodbanks, Amber Rudd admitted today. The DWP boss said there had been problems with people not being able to access their cash quickly enough and having to seek help for food. Previous Tories had denied there was a link between food banks and benefits waits. But Ms Rudd honestly told MPs today: "It is absolutely clear that there were challenges with the initial rollout of Universal Credit . "And the main issue that led to an increase in food bank use could have been the fact that people had difficulty accessing their money early enough. "We have made changes to accessing Universal Credit so that people can have advances, so that there is a legacy run-on after two weeks, of housing benefit, and we believe that will help with food insecurity." Brits can access some of their money upfront in an advance, but they then have to pay it back starting from the next month. The Sun is campaigning to Make Universal Credit Work - … [Read more...] about Amber Rudd admits crippling five-week wait for Universal Credit cash HAS pushed people to food banks
AMBER Rudd's officials have today refused to ease the "cruel" burden of benefit sanctions on Universal Credit claimants. The Government rejected a plea from MPs to protect single parents and disabled Brits from having their benefits docked. Leading campaigner Frank Field accused the Department of Work and Pensions of "failing utterly to grasp the seriousness of the matter". The independent MP had written to Ms Rudd asking for her to ease the benefits sanctions regime. Currently, claimants can lose up to 100 per cent of their UC or Jobseekers Allowance if they miss job centre appointments or fail to prove they're looking for work. The Commons work and pensions committee, chaired by Mr Field, called for the length of sanctions to be limited to six months - down from the current three-year maximum. CURBS SNUBBED MPs also called for sanctions on single parents with young kids, and on young people brought up in care, to be limited to 20 per cent of their benefits. And they said ill … [Read more...] about Universal Credit bosses snub call to protect single parents and ill Brits from having benefits docked
HUNGRY children are being forced to steal food, cut the ends off their outgrown shoes and have their uniforms washed at school because of problems caused by Universal Credit, claim residents of Morecambe. It sounds positively Dickensian but this is Britain in 2019 in which residents of seaside town in the North West of England claim problems following the roll-out of the new benefits system has left them in dire need. Morecambe was one of the first places UC was rolled out five years ago. It's the town I grew up in, but my memories of happy, chubby kids playing in the street seem to have gone in some parts of the town. Now, according to locals, some of the kids here are forced to wear mucky clothes because their mums can't afford washing powder, and others claim they've been without electricity for months. The Sun's Make Universal Credit Work campaign has highlighted flaws in the roll-out of the system - namely the long delay before receiving first payment … [Read more...] about ‘Families on Universal Credit are so hungry they’re eating stolen dried pasta and cutting ends off shoes so they last longer’
AMBER Rudd revealed yesterday that she was hitting pause on her flagship welfare programme Universal Credit while she worked out the best way to transfer everyone over. This means the rollout for 3million people is up in the air for the meantime, as she "considers carefully" its future. So what does this mean? The Work and Pensions Secretary told MPs she wanted to make sure the transfer from existing benefits to Universal Credit was "effective, fair and compassionate" and she would ONLY be doing a trial of 10,000 people this year. Those people should be told in the coming months whether they will be part of that or now. The trial will start in July this year. After the trial is over, Ms Rudd will look at how it worked and consider best how to put everyone onto the new new flagship welfare policy. MPs need to vote to approve both the trial, and also on how to put the 3million others onto the new system. That means if you're currently on benefits you're unlikely to move over to the new … [Read more...] about Universal Credit rollout delay: What does it mean for you?