Budget claim of help to Universal Credit claimants is way off the mark

If this is what Tories call help, then they need to buy a better dictionary.

The small print of Rishi Sunak’s Budget offers a couple of crumbs to claimants of Universal Credit.

Readers of This Site will be well aware that UC claimants must wait five weeks for their first payment – an eternity in which the only option for many of them, if they want to survive, is to request an advance.

That money is then paid back, in the form of 30 per cent of subsequent UC payments, over the course of the claimant’s first year on the so-called benefit.

But Mr Sunak’s Budget includes changes: the money will be paid back at the rate of 25 per cent, over the course of two years.

But here’s the punchline – and it’s a punch in the face: this will not even start to happen until October 2021.

It is no use at all to any current Universal Credit claimants.

Campaigners working to help benefit claimants wanted the five-week wait to be ended altogether. Fat chance.

They also wanted an above-inflation benefit uprating to restore their value – and were disappointed.

The UK’s Conservatives want to persecute vulnerable people – especially benefit claimants – and will continue to do so for as long as the electorate keeps voting them into office.

Source: DWP gives Universal Credit families longer to repay debt – but not everyone is helped – Mirror Online

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1 thought on “Budget claim of help to Universal Credit claimants is way off the mark

  1. Stu

    Also look at the smaller print and it explains why the 14 day Self-Isolation turned into 7 all of a sudden on “Professional Advice” by Behavioural Economists.

    To me, this whole thing stinks of a manufactured crisis scenario from virus to stock crash that started 2 weeks after the low-key Davos meeting. (Chinese official has already blamed the US Army for introducing the virus to China)

    Traders are making fortunes on the way down and all the way back up !

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