70% of ben­e­fit botch vic­tims are un­der 30


The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Keir Mudie DEPUTY PO­LIT­I­CAL ED­I­TOR by Ja­nine Yaqoob TV ED­I­TOR

MORE than 70 per cent of peo­ple hit with sanc­tions un­der the re­viled Univer­sal Credit sys­tem are un­der 30.

Fig­ures re­leased by Labour prove young claimants will bear the brunt of the botched roll-out of the ben­e­fit re­forms.

Shadow Work and Pen­sions Sec­re­tary Mar­garet Green­wood said: “Rather than sup­port­ing young peo­ple into se­cure, well paid jobs, the Tories are hit­ting them with sanc­tions.

“Univer­sal Credit is caus­ing poverty and hard­ship wher­ever it’s rolled out, es­pe­cially for young peo­ple.”

Out of a to­tal 473,000 de­ci­sions to ap­ply a sanc­tion, over 334,000 were on un­der-30s. Nearly a fifth hit claimants aged 18 and 19.

“I WORK part-time and I’m al­ready worse off be­cause of be­ing moved to Uc,”re­veals Joy, 27, just one of the thou­sands af­fected. “They say it’s £200 each but for me it’s closer to £300 worse off than when I was claim­ing work­ing tax cred­its.

“I’ve been to the Job­cen­tre but they just Labour is de­mand­ing that the Govern­ment looks at the ev­i­dence and halts the roll­out.

And Ayaz Manji, of men­tal health char­ity Mind, added: “We’re also call­ing for the Govern­ment to scrap plans to force peo­ple re­ceiv­ing ex­ist­ing ben­e­fits to make a new ap­pli­ca­tion for Univer­sal Credit.

“This would leave thou­sands with men­tal health prob­lems at ANYA Tay­lor-joy may not have got the warm wel­come she’d hope for on the set of Peaky Blin­ders.

She was blown away by Storm Callum when she filmed her first scenes in Liver­pool this week­end.

The Hol­ly­wood ac­tress, 22, braved the blus­tery weather, wrap­ping up in a duf­fel coat be­fore chang­ing into more glam­orous at­tire when the cam­eras rolled.

She filmed scenes with co-star Finn Cole yes­ter­day for Peaky Blin­ders’ hotlyan­tic­i­pated fifth sea­son.

Show bosses gave the streets of Liver­pool a Mo­town makeover to trans­form it into Detroit. risk of see­ing their ben­e­fits stop en­tirely.” Ear­lier this week, it emerged mil­lions of fam­i­lies could be up to £200 a month worse off when UC is in­tro­duced in July.

And for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Gor­don Brown has warned UC would re­move £3bil­lion from the so­cial se­cu­rity bud­get on top of cuts to child tax cred­its and ben­e­fit, which he helped in­tro­duce.

fob me off. It was hard get­ting along be­fore stigma at­tached to it. You can feel the staff but it’s nearly im­pos­si­ble to do it when they in there look­ing down on you. take this much money off you. “I don’t know what I will do. This time of

“You are made to feel like you’ve done year you start to think about Christ­mas but some­thing wrong. there’s none of that this year.

“I’ve had to go to the Job­cen­tre a lot “I’m go­ing to have to work out how we more than I did bneaf­moree..sutrhn­earme ies@dpe­feion­iptleel.ycoa.ukget by day by day.”

DOU­BLE: Pos­ing as Detroit’s Cosmo BLUS­TERY: Star Anya’s wrapped up in duf­fel coat WET N’ WILD: Brav­ing wind & rain

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