"This is truly shameful. The punitive benefit sanctions regime is impoverishing some of the very poorest unemployed and disabled people, driving more people into deeper poverty.
It is a damning indictment that civil servants are now being forced to make up quotes to cover for the failed political agendas of ministers, after the numerous debacles of Universal Credit, the work capability assessment, and the delays facing disabled people trying to get personal independence payments."
"The fundamental problems of universal credit remain: the six-week wait, rising indebtedness, rent arrears and evictions."
"The prime minister talks about helping the poorest, but the reality is a very different story," he said. "Will the prime minister today show some humanity intervene and make at least he helpline free?
Last the I asked the prime minister to scrap the unfair charges on the Universal Credit helpline. Today she's finally bowed to that pressure.
But the fundamental problems of Universal Credit remain; the six-week wait, rising indebtedness, rent arrears and evictions. Will the prime minister now pause universal credit and fix the problems before pressing ahead with the roll-out?"
Salford Labour motion to Council
This Council believes that the Universal Credit process is flawed and causing unnecessary hardship to local families.
We note that Universal Credit was deliberately introduced on a slow rollout so that any issues could be seen and corrected before the benefit was introduced to all claimants.
The evidence of this council as a pilot and others across the country is that Universal Credit is causing huge increases in rent arrears and in general debt levels amongst claimants, many of whom have never been in debt before. In addition we note the trend that landlords are refusing to accept tenants receiving Universal Credit, leading to an increase in those registering as homeless and seeking temporary accommodation.
While we welcome the removal of benefit help line charges this Council resolves to write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, making these points, requesting that the Government addresses these issues, and that the roll-out is halted until the problems are fixed.
presented by Councillor Barbara Bentham, 15th November 2017
Despite overwhelming independent evidence of the impact of Universal Credit, the Tories still won't listen. Now we need you to join over 50,000 people and sign our petition demanding the Tories urgently pause and fix Universal Credit.
The Tories have no answers. They're just ploughing on with a flawed roll out of Universal Credit, which is forcing people into poverty, debt and eviction. Labour wants a system that is fair to those in need and doesn't push people into debt.