Drastic cuts to social support and welfare risk damaging the very fabric of British society, a UN report has today revealed.
Concluding his 12-day visit to the country the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, said the UK Government’s policies are entrenching high levels of poverty and inflicting unnecessary misery in one of the richest countries in the world.
Yet amid the country’s impending exit from the European Union the government appears to be treating it as an afterthought, with speculation that the callous policies could be driven by a political desire for social re-engineering aired.
Alston concluded that the benefits system, epitomised by Universal Credit, is driven by the desire to get across a simple set of messages that the state “no longer has your back” and that “you are on your own”.
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