By Welfare Weekly.
MPs will today (Wednesday, 13th September 2017) hear evidence from food banks, housing groups, and others, on how the roll-out of Universal Credit is progressing and which elements of the new benefits system still require improvement.
Universal Credit is replacing a number of existing social security benefits and tax credits with one single monthly payments.
The new system has been beset with delays and has also faced strong criticism from campaigners, charities, housing associations, and opposition parties alike, as well as others.
Citizens Advice recently described plans to accelerate roll-out of Universal Credit from five to 50 areas a month from October as “a disaster waiting to happen“, warning that more households were likely to be pushed into debt.
Commenting on the charity’s findings, Citizens Advice Chief Executive Gillian Guy said: “The roll-out of Universal Credit is a disaster waiting to happen.
“While the principles behind Universal Credit are sound, our evidence shows that if the government continues to take this stubborn approach to the expansion of Universal Credit, it risks pushing thousands of families into a spiral of debt, and placing an even greater strain on public services.”
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