It’s push­ing peo­ple to brink of be­ing home­less

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THE Govern­ment must im­me­di­ately aban­don the na­tional roll­out of its flawed, cruel and harm­ful uni­ver­sal credit. The pol­icy has al­ready made the lives of those claim­ing UC much more dif­fi­cult, with many now strug­gling to pay their bills and put food on the ta­ble. This is not only push­ing fam­i­lies into poverty, but of­ten to the brink of home­less­ness too. Take the Lon­don bor­ough of Tower Ham­lets as an ex­am­ple. Shock­ing fig­ures show that 80% of coun­cil ten­ants who are claim­ing UC are be­hind on their rent. Mean­while, The Trus­sell Trust has said that foodbank us­age is four times higher in ar­eas where the new ben­e­fit has al­ready been rolled out.

This is un­ac­cept­able and can­not go on. Of course we all want to see a sim­pler, fairer ben­e­fits sys­tem that im­proves the in­cen­tive for peo­ple to get out and work.

But with the mas­sive cuts to ben­e­fits, com­bined with the Govern­ment’s in­com­pe­tence, UC – in its cur­rent form – is ham­mer­ing some of the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in our so­ci­ety.

If the Tories don’t change tack now, we could see many more peo­ple fac­ing sig­nif­i­cant hard­ship, in­clud­ing those with se­vere dis­abil­i­ties and long-term health con­di­tions.

It’s clear we need an ur­gent re­think. I’m giv­ing my whole­hearted back­ing to the Mir­ror’s pe­ti­tion to aban­don the na­tional roll­out of UC and to start a re­view.

This is­sue is far too im­por­tant to let the Govern­ment off the hook just be­cause all the at­ten­tion is on Brexit and Tory in­fight­ing.

Let’s keep the pres­sure on the Govern­ment so it does the right, and moral, thing.

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