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Appropriate: Use of the word ‘poison’ to describe Universal Credit is well-justified, considering the Tory forcing it on us is Esther McVey.

David Cameron’s former speechwriter is only wrong about the timescale here – Universal Credit has been poisoned, by Tory determination to harm those who have fallen on hard times.

Tories have no sympathy for people who aren’t independently wealthy – and who therefore need help from the state from time to time.

That’s why they have made Universal Credit such a trial for claimants; they want as few people claiming it as possible.

If that means the millions – including 4.5 million children, we have recently learned – have to rely on food banks, that’s no problem to a Tory.

Clare Foges, David Cameron’s ex-speechwriter, declared “the lefties have a point” that Universal Credit leaves people in “debt, depression and anxiety about whether children can be sustained on sliced bread alone”.

And she warned further “screw-ups” could turn into “poison” and “tragedy” for the Conseratives in the next election – not to mention a tragedy for the millions of Brits struggling to claim it.

The benefit once trumped by Mr Cameron – in his speeches, no less – has replaced six payments for more than a million people and will ramp up its rollout in January.

But experts and Tory founder Iain Duncan Smith warn it does not fulfil its aim of “making work pay” after billions were slashed from its budget.

It has been blighted by delays and evidence soaring numbers of families need foodbanks, fall behind on rent and struggle to pay the gas bill.

Source: Universal Credit MUST be stopped before benefit shake-up turns to ‘poison’ warns David Cameron’s ex-speechwriter – Mirror Online

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