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Delays in payments of Universal Credit are sending victims back to abusive partners

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the Work and Pensions Select Committee report on single household Universal Credit payments putting claimants at risk of domestic abuse, said: “Universal Credit single household payments make it easier for perpetrators of domestic abuse to control and exploit their victims, leaving vulnerable people – often women and children – wholly reliant on an abusive partner for money to fulfil even their most basic needs.

“It is shocking too that in some cases delays in payments of Universal Credit are sending victims back to abusive partners. Universal Credit is fraught with design flaws and the government has shamelessly ignored warning after warning about the devastating impact it has had on the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

“The government must now listen to these warnings, pause the roll out of Universal Credit and fix the problems so that people are not pushed into poverty, destitution and even put at greater risk of domestic abuse as a result of the major flaws in its design and delivery.”

Universal Credit compensation ruling

Marsha de Cordova MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Disabled People, commenting on the news that two men with severe disabilities have won compensation following Universal Credit discrimination, said: “This again demonstrates the Government’s mistreatment of disabled people: These men were assured by the Government that they wouldn’t lose out on Universal Credit but they were left thousands of pounds out of pocket, which severely impacted on their well-being.

“Esther McVey should now compensate all those who lost out, reverse cuts to transitional protection, and withdraw her appeal against the original finding of discrimination. The Government must also stop the roll out of Universal Credit and fix its fundamental flaws.

“The next Labour government will transform our social security system, ensuring it is there to support disabled people to live independently and with dignity.”