Recently contacted my MP, for clarification on the roll-out of Universal Credit.
His response is attached and the fact of whether the suffering will be ceased is still uncertain?
What is clear, is the banishing of the UC principals are not going to stop. The roll-out continues and Tory unpredictability will, seemingly, continue to affect those in the most vulnerable of situations?
What is your feelings about UC, or the affects it has had on the people on Welfare? What would you believe will happen, in the future, for those in most need?
Response, from David Duguid MP, as follows:-
Dear Andrew Whaley-Coates,
Thank you for your email about Universal Credit. The UK Government has recognised that there have been teething problems in its introduction and rollout, and I was very pleased to hear the Chancellor pledge to address them in his Budget speech.
As you have probably seen in the media, he has promised an additional £6.6 billion, over the next six years, to ensure the introduction of the new system goes smoothly.
£1bn will be given over five years to the Department for Work and Pensions to help ease the transition from the old to the new system.
In addition, the work allowance – the amount claimants can earn before Universal Credit begins to be withdrawn – is to be increased by £1,000 a year, at a cost of £1.7bn annually. This means 2.4 million working parents and people with disabilities will be better off by £630 per year.
There are also measures to help people who are repaying debts. These include reducing the maximum rate at which deductions can be made from a Universal Credit reward from 40 per cent to 30 per cent.
I have visited Banff Job Centre, where Universal Credit has recently been rolled out, and was pleased to find the staff there are confident that, after observing the roll out in Inverness, they can anticipate and address issues when and if they arise in Banff and Buchan.
If you know of anyone who is having problems with their own Universal Credit, do please ask them to contact me. I will do what I can to help in individual cases.
Member of Parliament for Banff and Buchan
If you have a view or a concern about Universal Credit, or maybe you feel being on UC is making your life uncertain. Please drop him a note (email).