‘A choice of heat­ing or eat­ing’

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Univer­sal Credit is more like “univer­sal cri­sis,” ac­cord­ing to MP for Peter­bor­ough Fiona Onasanya.

The Labour MP said she was aware of some­body in the city on Univer­sal Credit who was sanc­tioned for miss­ing a meet­ing he was un­aware of and sub­se­quently had his pay­ments can­celled, caus­ing him “great stress and anx­i­ety.”

She added: “The lack of un­der­stand­ing be­tween Univer­sal Credit and how peo­ple live means they will have to choose be­tween eat­ing and heat­ing in some cases. This is less Univer­sal Credit and more univer­sal cri­sis.”

North West Cam­bridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara said: “Univer­sal Credit has to be rolled out in Peter­bor­ough at some stage and the au­thor­i­ties will have fac­tored in any con­cerns raised.

“This in­cludes the pro­vi­sion for ad­vanced pay­ments which is be­ing pro­vided for.”

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