Universal credit

The rollout of Universal Credit continues to be fraught with problems and my office is hearing stories from constituents, on a near daily basis, of issues in receiving welfare support in a timely manner. This is why I recently raised these concerns over Universal Credit at a meeting with the UK Government’s Minister for Employment.

MP’s from all parties are highlighting their concerns about the rollout of Universal Credit and I recently added my name in support of a letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to halt the rollout until certain elements are fixed.

The Scottish Government’s decision to allow new claims, in full service Universal Credit areas such as Inverclyde, the choice of changing the frequency of their payments from once to twice monthly, and to have the housing cost element of their Universal Credit paid directly to their landlord is welcomed.