UNIVERSAL CREDIT IS CAUSING LOW INCOME LEVELS AND DEBT FOR PEOPLE IN CUMBERNAULD, KILSYTH AND KIRKINTILLOCH EAST
Today I will vote with colleagues to try to force the DWP to come clean on what assessments it holds on how Universal Credit is affecting income levels and debt. Many of my constituents have already lost significant sums of money because of cuts pushed through by George Osborne and millions across the UK are set to face the same experience later this year.
Meanwhile, the administration of the system remains chaotic.
Yesterday I highlighted problems that vulnerable constituents and their social landlords face when applying for housing costs to be paid direct to the landlord. Too often such requests are delayed, ignored or lost and the rent arrears that direct payments are supposed to stop instead accumulate quickly - but government doesn't seem to measure this.
This is just one of the many issues people are dealing with under the current roll-out of Universal Credit. The UK Government must immediately halt the roll-out and properly fund the necessary changes to Universal Credit to make it fit for purpose for people now and further down the line.