The UK Government say Universal Credit is their flagship welfare policy. However, it has been nothing short of a disaster – and for those it has failed so far in pilot areas, such as Inverclyde, it has been a personal catastrophe.
Earlier this week, Inverclyde Foodbank announced a 70% rise in foodbank usage this year. They blame this on the issue of Universal Credit and people getting into debt and rent arrears, while they wait 6 weeks for a payment.
My office continues to receive contact from constituents who have been left without financial support through Universal Credit. It’s time the UK Government listened to the concerns of my constituents, Citizens Advice Scotland, Child Poverty Action Group and others, who are calling for a halt to the rollout and the system fixed.