Universal Credit is causing enormous hardship and anxiety for many of my constituents and the Labour Party has been calling for the roll out to be stopped so that the problems can be addressed. Under pressure, the government announced some changes to Universal Credit in the Autumn Budget, but they do little to fix many of the issues. In particular, for many people suffering with anxiety and other mental illnesses who are too unwell and fearful to open their post, still less to begin a complex application process, there is a risk that they will be left without any income.
It is completely unacceptable that the DWP’s plans offer no means to protect vulnerable people from being left without any form of income. This week I challenged the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to halt the Universal Credit roll out until this problem is addressed.