Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green is responsible for driving through Universal Credit [Image: Daily Mirror].

Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green is responsible for driving through Universal Credit [Image: Daily Mirror].

This report, from the Daily Record, suggests that the imminent hand-over of responsibility for social security in Scotland to Holyrood is a “further complication” of the system – but in fact it is an opportunity.

The report’s author, economist Dr Roger Cook, recommends that the SNP government should make sure payments go to individuals, rather than households as the Tories want, to protect victims of domestic abuse.

No such protection will be available to claimants in the rest of the UK.

And Dr Cook wants a clear agreement with Tory Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green that he won’t use new Scottish benefits as an excuse to slash universal credit payments.

Agains, the rest of the UK is at Green’s mercy – such as it is.

This is a reminder that, under the Conservatives, Universal Credit is a stick used to beat the poor. Or will be, if they ever manage to make it work.

The Tories’ new welfare system is deeply flawed and a “significant threat” to the poorest, says a damning report.

An expert found major problems with the universal credit scheme and warned that the Scottish Government cannot fully protect its victims.

The report for the progressive Scotland Institute think-tank says universal credit is driven by right-wing ideology and riddled with problems.

The institute fear families who get in-work benefits could lose up to £3000 a year because of it.

Source: Tories’ new welfare system is deeply flawed and a “significant threat” to the poorest – Daily Record

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