Churches call for stop to Universal Credit rollout after damning report

Churches have actually reacted to a damning report on the federal government's flagship Universal Credit benefits system with a require its implementation to be halted pending an independent review.The new system was meant to change a complicated and costly patchwork of advantages that saw many left unclaimed and families in serious need. It was planned to make declaring benefits simpler and is paid to people in work along with out of work, with payments slowly reducing as earnings rises. The Trussell Trust A foodbank supported by the Trussell Trust. Foodbank use almost quadruples in Universal Credit areas.While the concept has been normally invited, a National Audit Workplace research study has actually discovered Universal Credit triggers hardshipand is not providing value for cash. The NAE discovered it could cost more to administer than the previous system.Speaking on behalf of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church, Paul Morrison stated:'Churches have actually repeatedly revealed issues about Universal Credit and the destructive impacts

it is having on neighborhoods. The NAO's findings are deeply worrying but not a surprise.'The report is the very first main file to take seriously the issues of claimants and acknowledge the issues they are facing, inning accordance with Morrison.He stated: 'I fulfilled a single mum at a parent and toddlers'group in West London. She wept when she told me about her experience of Universal Credit. She is even worse off, having a hard time to make ends meet and as a result has to stop her child care course at college.'The policy that cut her benefits was planned to"incentivise work". In truth it made her life harder and closed down her chances. Her story is sadly unexceptional. 'Half of people receiving Universal Credit report going into financial obligation. This is the result of delayed, inadequate, and irregular payments.

It makes budgeting impossible and can make debt inevitable. The Department for Work and Pensions'own figures reveal that 4 in 10 people reported serious monetary problems, whilst one in 10 waited more than 11

weeks for payment.In Universal Credit areas foodbank usage went up 52 per cent, whereas in other areas it was 13 per cent. The case is incontrovertible. Universal Credit is stopping working, and the poorest are suffering the repercussions.' The churches contact the government to halt the execution of Universal Credit and commission research study into its results, and to engage with individuals who use the system to develop an

approach that meets their needs.Morrison stated:'Until the voice of those who utilize the advantage system is paid attention to and valued, Universal Credit will continue to trigger damage to the neighborhoods it is indicated to serve.'

Inning accordance with work and pensions minister Alok Sharma, the NAO report was written before the intro of steps allowing individuals to obtain 100 per cent bear down their first payment.He informed the BBC's Today program those on housing advantage might also get additional money to assist them transition, stating: 'We have actually not seen the full impact of these extremely favorable modifications.'