Thursday, 22 November 2018 19:41

TORIES MUST HEED COMMONS REPORT WARNINGS TO PROTECT AT-RISK GROUPS

HALT UNIVERSAL CREDIT ROLLOUT UNTIL PROTECTIONS ARE GUARANTEED

An SNP MP has warned the Tory government to heed advice from a report by the Work and Pensions Committee published today, which calls for greater protections for those at risk of losing transitional protection before the benefit is rolled out any further. This includes those in abusive relationships and disabled people who see a drop in income because their partner dies or needs to move into residential care.

The report is published the week after the UN Rapporteur issued a damning criticism of the UK government’s political decisions that have driven people into poverty. The Rapporteur also outlined that government Ministers are ‘in a state of denial’ about the ‘social calamity’ of poverty in the UK and stated that Universal credit “is fast falling into Universal Discredit”.

Commenting, Chris Stephens MP said:

“It is clear from this report that the DWP are in no fit state to plough ahead with managed migration – it would be both morally and logistically irresponsible given the current chaos and destruction being caused by the roll-out of Universal Credit.

“The Government have failed to answer key questions on how they will protect the most vulnerable groups during managed migration. They also continue to bury their heads in the sand over the fact that the built in cuts to Universal Credit are pushing families into poverty.

“When these managed migration regulations come to a vote, the SNP will oppose them and will call on all other MPs across the House to join us to ensure we protect people from being pushed further into destitution. The SNP will continue to hold the government’s feet to the fire to ensure that vulnerable people are protected.”



‘Universal Credit: managed migration report’ - https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmworpen/1762/1762.pdf

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