Search

View from the House: Universal Credit rollout must be paused

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 October 2017

Archant

Despite huge pressure from inside and outside Westminster, the government is still yet to pause the clumsy rollout of Universal Credit (UC), its flagship welfare reform, which is causing homelessness and hunger wherever it goes.

One in four claimants moving from other benefits like Jobseekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance to UC are waiting more than six weeks to be paid, leading to rent arrears, evictions and spiralling debts.

A small concession on helpline charges is welcome but will not address these problems.

The principles behind UC are good: making sure nobody is ever better off on benefits than in work and simplifying the system are obviously worthy aims.

However the myriad of practical problems UC has encountered are having dire real world consequences. These problems need to be solved before the rollout continues. Afterwards will be too late.

UC is due in Waltham Forest just before Christmas and in Redbridge in the springtime.

In Waltham Forest the timing could not be worse: not only is it an incredibly expensive time of year for many families, DWP have also announced the closure of Leytonstone Jobcentre Plus. It has not been made clear whether the plans for Leytonstone will be postponed.

Last week, my colleagues and I heaped pressure on the government to pause the rollout in a vote passed 299 votes to nil. I also recently pressed them on UC and Leytonstone Jobcentre at DWP Questions.

Latest Ilford Stories

Yesterday, 16:00

The latest news from the Hainault Roads Club

Yesterday, 14:00

After the excitement of the inaugural Athletics World Cup at London Stadium, fans can expect more drama at the Muller Anniversary Games this weekend.

Yesterday, 17:24

Stylish residents looking for a new summer wardrobe can now bag the latest trends and help a good cause at the same time.

Yesterday, 12:00

Leyton Orient spent most of last week in Albufeira before returning to England to defeat East Thurrock United in a friendly

Yesterday, 15:05

A 13-year-old who makes more than 50 sandwiches a week for the borough’s rough sleepers is this week’s nominee for our Young Citizen Award.

Yesterday, 13:03

Redbridge’s cabinet member for young people has insisted the council’s performance in tackling youth crime “remains strong”, despite a new report revealing a huge increase in teenage reoffenders.

Yesterday, 12:11

Road closures have now been removed in the areas surrounding Wanstead Flats after a massive grass fire broke out last Sunday (July 15).

Yesterday, 11:33

A Barkingside secondary school has appointed a new headteacher.

PROMOTED CONTENT

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Redbridge estate agents Sandra Davidson answer the common questions homeowners have when it comes to selling their home, and reveals how you can make sure the sale is stress-free

Redbridge Estate agents Sandra Davidson’s hassle-free service guarantees rental income for your property, whether it is occupied or not. Here they share details of the Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it can help you avoid the regular stresses associated with managing a let.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now