WATCH: Universal Credit - Reality Bites, a film for Labour Future by LabourTube.
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Filmed and Edited by Olly Huitson
Produced by: Michael O'Sullivan, Olly Huitson, Brendan Chilton, Ed Rennie
Debbie Abrahams MP - www.debbieabrahams.org.uk/
Tracy Brabin MP - twitter.com/TracyBrabin
The Labour Party Campaign to Fix Universal Credit
The Tories’ failing Universal Credit programme is plunging millions of people into poverty, leaving them unable to pay rent or put dinner on the table, and facing debt and eviction as a result.
The British public deserves better than this. We’re demanding that the Tories urgently pause and fix Universal Credit now.
Debbie Abrahams MP
Tracy Brabin MP
In the last month there has been mounting evidence that the government’s flagship social security programme, universal credit, is not fit for purpose - and Labour believes the budget is a chance to fix it.
The original objectives of universal credit (UC) were to simplify social security support while ensuring that work always pays, and fundamentally to reduce child poverty. Labour supported these key commitments then, and we support them now.
But UC is failing to deliver on its objectives, as we have heard from respected charities including Child Poverty Action Group, Trussell Trust, Citizens Advice and Gingerbread. Even former government advisers, civil servants and UC’s own architects are now critical of the scheme.
The government’s social security reforms were meant to respond to the changing world of work, where labour markets are increasingly “flexible” and jobs insecure. According to the TUC, one in 10 people in the UK are in jobs that are poorly paid, precarious and short, the “low pay, no pay” cycle. In spite of the government’s mantra, for millions of people work is no longer a route out of poverty: the fact is that four out of five people in low-paid work will still be in low-paid work 10 years later.
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