Universal Credit has caused severe hardship for many people so far with long waits for initial payments leading to people building up debts, rent arrears or even being forced to turn to food banks for help.
There are also concerns that nearly a third of claims for Universal Credit that are started are never completed due to the complexity of the online system and the lack of support available to help claimants with their applications.
“The government must stop the roll out of Universal Credit. The major flaws in its design and delivery are pushing many people into poverty rather than protecting them from it.”
“Despite the evidence we are seeing of the impact of Universal Credit, the government seems determined to press ahead with the next phase of the roll out. I am calling on them to step back from the brink before it is too late and stop the roll out.”