Greenwood, the MP for Wirral West, has branded Universal Credit ‘flawed’ and
‘reckless’ following the publication of a report by the Resolution Foundation.
report, titled ‘The long and winding road – The
introduction and impact of Universal Credit in Liverpool City Region (LCR) and
the UK’ was
commissioned by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.
The key findings of the report include:
1) 205,000 working-age families in LCR (31% of the total)
are expected to receive UC once it is fully rolled out, compared to 775,000
working-age families in the whole of the North West (27%), and 6.2 million
families in the UK as a whole (24% of the total)
2) Focusing on UC’s effect on
incomes compared to the legacy benefits system it replaces, we find that
more families lose from the switch to UC – and fewer gain – in LCR than
the UK as a whole. 52% of benefit-recipient families in LCR lose out from
the switch to UC, while only 32% gain. The respective figures for the UK
as a whole are 46% and 39%
3) Many said that the five-week
wait for the first payment put them under significant financial and mental
stress. Some reported that the wait had forced them to use food banks, and
worsened existing mental health issues
4) UC was expected to boost
benefit take-up but 27,000 families in LCR will still not claim the UC
support they were entitled to
5) Most recipients thoughts there
was little online, telephone or face to face support from the government to
help navigate the claim process if they had problems
Greenwood, who is also Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said:
report carefully documents how the Conservatives’ key social security policy,
Universal Credit, is failing many people in the Liverpool City Region and
across the UK because of major flaws in its design and implementation.
six benefits into one whilst imposing severe cuts and moving to a ‘digital by
default’ system was simply reckless.
is completely wrong to leave people on low incomes, often without savings,
waiting five weeks for payment.
is calling on the government as a matter of urgency to end the five week wait,
the two child limit and the brutal and punitive system that they have created
over the last decade."
You can read the full report via the following link: https://www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/the-long-and-winding-road/