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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 December 2018
Universal Credit Christmas misery
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The shocking effects of Universal Credit have been revealed by the ordeal faced by one mother this Christmas. Speaking to the Mirror, she explained she has resorted to putting free sugar sachets in her little girl's stocking after the switch to Universal Credit left her barely able to cope. She hopes she will be able to get hold of a branch to use as a Christmas tree.
She said: "I look out of the window and envy people with cars who are going out, going to the cinema, affording haircuts and new clothes while I struggle to get food every day. Thank you Universal Credit for the extra sadness and pain and hurt."
Under pressure, the Tories have had to make some concessions and delay the full roll-out (for existing claimants), but we should demand the complete scrapping of Universal Credit and its replacement not with the old benefits system, but with welfare which guarantees everyone a decent standard of living.
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In The Socialist 12 December 2018:
What we think
Tory chaos reaches fever pitch
National Union of Students faces bankruptcy
Tories' NHS cash insult - mass action can save our NHS
Cuts and NHS crisis result in 'excess' elderly deaths
Corbyn supporter wins Welsh Labour leadership
Worldwide threat to journalists at worst for ten years
Universal Credit Christmas misery
Tommy Robinson's rich backers
Strike action saves jobs at Cammell Laird shipyard
Select Chris Baugh as Left Unity AGS candidate
Spontaneous hull walkouts stick two fingers up at Tory anti-trade union laws
Hull council workers fight to protect sick pay
Veolia waste workers vote for action in Cheshire
Workplace news in brief
France in revolt
John Maclean - revolutionary fighter of the working class
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Women's Lives Matter national meeting - a determination to fight cuts to domestic violence services
'Stansted 15' - outrageous guilty verdict
Socialist Students LJMU victory
Jobs and homes not racism - kick the Tories out!
Give us a bumper Christmas cash boost!
New twist in Derby TUSC election agent case
Obituary - Beth Roper (1990-2018) - comrade, friend and fighter
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