Calls for ben­e­fits shake-up to stop

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

The UK Gov­ern­ment’s Uni­ver­sal Credit scheme must be halted, op­po­nents have said af­ter a new study ar­gued that scrap­ping the ben­e­fits sys­tem would help young peo­ple.

Both the SNP and Labour have called for Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond to use his Bud­get to re­v­erse its plans.

Theresa May says that the con­cept of uni­ver­sal credit is “sim­pler” than the old ben­e­fits sys­tem and that it “makes sure work pays”.

But it has been dogged with com­plaints about de­lays in pay­ments and claims it ac­tu­ally can pe­nalise some self-em­ployed work­ers.

And the Res­o­lu­tion Foun­da­tion think-tank said that un­freez­ing work­ing age ben­e­fits would mainly ben­e­fit young fam­i­lies.

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