Universal Credit and the Budget

Universal Credit – Chancellor simply doesn’t get it

Following the announcement of the 2018 Budget, Far North MP Jamie Stone has claimed that it is no more than tinkering around the edges when it comes to Universal Credit.

Commenting Mr Stone said:

“The fact is that I have been absolutely deluged by constituents telling me that the roll out of Universal Credit is not only happening too fast but also that a lot of deserving claimants are losing out financially.

“We have also seen the Highland Council footing a £2.5m bill due to the flawed roll out which is scandalous. This money could otherwise have been spent on desperately needed proper local services.

“A civilised society is one that takes care of people who face great difficulties financially through no fault of their own. That was the generous spirit that was the foundation of the Welfare State.

“However, the changes that we are seeing as UC is rolled out do seem particularly heartless and all that we have seen in this most recent budget doesn’t alter the fact that a significant number of people will lose money at the time when they most desperately need help.

“It seems to me that we may well see still more pain for these people before the Government finally twigs that there is something fundamentally wrong here. I sincerely hope that I am wrong in saying this, but I fear I may well not be.”

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