Saturday, 30 September 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May urged to halt Universal Credit rollout

Families could be left homeless and destitute if Theresa May insists on pressing ahead with Universal Credit, a former top adviser has warned.

Dame Louise Casey urged the prime minister to delay the rollout of the new benefit system so it can be fixed.

A dozen Tory MPs are calling for it to be paused, the Daily Telegraph says.

Official figures show 24% of new Universal Credit claimants wait longer than six weeks to be paid in full - causing many to fall behind on rent.

That could make a big difference to families who were "close to the edge," Dame Louise told the BBC. They "will end up in dire circumstances, more dire than I think we have seen in this country for years".

The government says the new system, which merges six existing benefits into one, offers extra support and that budgeting and financial help is available.

Work and Pensions Secretary Mr Gauke is expected to make a decision in the coming days about whether the rollout should be accelerated.

BBC     News.