Reports and Campaigns

spotAbout the Socialist Party

spotAnti-capitalism

spotAnti-privatisation

spotAnti-war

spotElection campaigns

spotEnvironment

spotHealth

spotSocialist women

spotWorkplace

spotYouth and Students

All keywords


Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Poverty keywords:

Child poverty (31)

Debt (204)

Inequality (40)

Poverty (327)

Relief (19)


Reports and campaigns:

Anti-capitalism (1229)

Anti-fascist (560)

Anti-racism (697)

Anti-war (1484)

Asylum (208)

Black and Asian (388)

Children (365)

CNWP (108)

Corporate crime (2)

Disability (200)

Education (3861)

Election campaigns (2429)

Environment (598)

EU (444)

Finance (99)

Food (268)

Health and safety (33)

Health and welfare (306)

Housing (1014)

Human Rights (373)

LGBT Pride (140)

Local government (2156)

Local services (3629)

Low pay (502)

Migration (55)

Nationalisation (144)

New workers party (465)

NHS (1820)

Pensions (699)

Post Office (222)

Poverty (564)

Privatisation (1005)

Public Services (1119)

Socialism (855)

Socialist (43)

Sport (194)

Stop the slaughter of Tamils (88)

Students (1796)

The state (1353)

Transport (535)

TUSC (997)

Welfare rights (706)

Women (747)

Workplace and TU campaigns (8194)

Youth (1939)

Related websites

Youth Fight For Jobs

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

National Shop Stewards Network

Tamil Solidarity


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 963, 20 September 2017: Fight tuition fees

Search site for keywords: Universal Credit - Welfare - Claimants - Cuts - Homelessness - Debt - DWP - Tax credits - Housing benefit - Benefits

Fight expansion of disastrous 'Universal Credit' welfare system

Nearly half of current claimants are in rent arrears

50 new areas are due to launch the system in October

Empty pockets broke penniless poor poverty budget, photo Dan Moyle (Creative Commons)

Empty pockets broke penniless poor poverty budget, photo Dan Moyle (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

Laurel Fogarty

'Universal Credit', the Tories' disastrous flagship welfare 'reform', is due to be rolled out to 50 new areas next month.

This is despite new figures showing the system's harsh benefit cuts and long waiting times are driving claimants into serious debt.

Officially, recipients of Universal Credit will wait up to six weeks for their first payment. But according to the Trussell Trust many wait between ten and 13 weeks.

This drives many in Universal Credit areas, including those in work, to foodbanks to survive - at more than double the rate of the national average.

The huge delays also put families at serious risk of eviction and homelessness. Landlords can evict tenants who are over eight weeks behind on rent - a stark reality for many waiting for Universal Credit payments.

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) figures show nearly half of new recipients of Universal Credit have fallen behind on their rent for the first time. One in five owes over 1,000.

While it is easy to attribute the massive waiting times to incompetence or errors in the rollout of the new system, much of the delay is, in fact, callously built in to the structure of Universal Credit.

For example, there is a seven-day waiting period before a claim can be made. Then the DWP insists an official wait of up to 42 days is 'necessary' to ensure recipients are on a monthly schedule.

So even when the system works properly it leaves people in serious debt and at risk of homelessness. About one in ten recipients turn in desperation to payday loan companies to keep their heads above water.

Other attacks such as the 'rape clause' for child tax credits, and the massive delays in housing benefit payments, make Universal Credit a still more brutal system that is not fit for purpose.

As a start the rollout of Universal Credit should be immediately halted and reversed.

The Socialist Party opposes all barbaric cuts to the social safety net including the cynical hidden cuts at the heart of this 'reform'. We campaign for an end to in-work poverty, a living wage for all workers, and living benefits without compulsion.






Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Related links:

Universal Credit:

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

triangleMajor attacks 'Universal Credit', half a million more face poverty

triangleScrap the Tory 'rape clause' and all benefit attacks

triangleFight Tories' callous cuts pushing 200,000 more kids into poverty

triangleUniversal Credit is making the housing crisis worse

Welfare:

triangle"Austerity hurts and the only alternative is socialism"

triangleThousands left with 50p for rent - cap rents, not benefits

triangleFight like Poplar's women councillors to change the lives of family carers

triangleTories to dodge rulings against disability benefit cut

Claimants:

triangleUN slams Tories for disabled rights ruin

triangleBenefits workers oppose 'rape clause' and two-child limit

triangleHands off our Jobcentre!

Cuts:

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

Homelessness:

triangle'Ana Key MP' - Socialist artist responds to attacks

Debt:

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

DWP:

trianglePCS: strikes to defend jobcentres

Tax credits:

triangle30% of people on inadequate incomes in UK

Housing benefit:

triangleYoung people...fight for a future, fight for socialist policies

Benefits:

triangleHousing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right