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MPs call for halt in the roll out of Universal Credit

Wednesday 20th September 2017

Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, has said that fundamental flaws in Universal Credit must be resolved before the roll out of the full service continues.

Responding to recent Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) research that showed that one in four new Universal Credit claimants had not received full payments after six weeks, Mr Field has called for the roll out of the Universal Credit full service to be paused until problems with delays in payments are resolved.

The government is planning a major extension of Universal Credit, with the full service being extended to almost 150 new jobcentre areas before the end of the year.  For details of the areas where the Universal Credit full service is being introduced during October see our Universal Credit webpage.

Contact's view on Universal Credit

Derek Sinclair, Contact's welfare rights specialist, said:

"We support calls to suspend the rollout of the full service. The government's own research shows that many families face lengthy delays in Universal Credits payments that are causing hardship. However, even if these problems with delayed payments are resolved, Universal Credit will still not be fit for purpose.

"Contact is calling on the government to take urgent action to scrap cuts to payments for disabled children under Universal Credit that will leave many families worse off by more than £1600 a year".

Contact is very worried that more than 100,000 parents with disabled children are at risk of being worse off on Universal Credit. For that reason we have asked the prime minister to reverse cuts to child disability payments under Universal Credit. More than 3,000 people signed our petition with their support.