This Guardian article makes the important point – that the latest rescheduling of Universal Credit means millions of claimants who stand to lose thousands of pounds a year have a temporary reprieve.
Even more important is the underlying question: Why are people being punished because there aren’t enough jobs, and because employers expect the taxpayer to subsidise those that are available?
The Tories had a chance to do something about the latter issue but their ‘National Living Wage’ is a misnomer, as it doesn’t pay enough for a working person to survive without state assistance.
At least the delay until 2022 means it will be possible to get a Labour government elected before this travesty reaches completion.
Let’s hope a sensible work and pensions minister will do the decent thing – and scrap it.
The government’s universal credit scheme has once again slipped behind schedule and will now not be completed until 2022, five years behind its original projected finish date, officials have admitted.
Critics said the latest rescheduling – which adds 12 months to the last published planned completion date and is the seventh reset since 2013 – raised the question of whether the much-criticised welfare programme was fit for purpose.
Ironically, the delay will have the effect of providing temporary respite for millions of claimants who stood to lose thousands of pounds a year when they were moved across to universal credit from the tax credits system after July 2018.
Around 2.5 million families currently receiving working tax credits will be between £41 and £46 a week worse off under UC as a result of cuts introduced last year by the former chancellor, George Osborne, according to estimates by the Resolution Foundation thinktank.
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