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    • MSE William
    • By MSE William 12th Sep 17, 1:22 PM
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    Citizens Advice calls for roll out of Universal Credit to be paused
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    • 12th Sep 17, 1:22 PM
    Citizens Advice calls for roll out of Universal Credit to be paused 12th Sep 17 at 1:22 PM
    Citizens Advice has called for the roll our of Universal Credit to be paused, while problems with the system are fixed.

    Citizens Advice says:

    "... some aspects of UC risk causing or exacerbating personal debt problems. With UC roll-out due to accelerate significantly from October 2017, identifying and tackling the problems new claimants are facing now - before problems become widespread - is necessary to ensure UC meets its aims.

    Our evidence shows that our UC clients are more likely to have debt problems than those on legacy benefits. A quarter (26%) of the people we helped with UC also needed help with debt, compared to 19% for legacy benefits. They are also struggling to pay off their debts. More than 2 in 5 (41%) debt clients on UC have no spare income to pay creditors, compared to a third (33%) on legacy benefits."

    Find out more about the problems and recommendations from Citizens Advice and feel free to discuss here.

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    • TELLIT01
    • By TELLIT01 12th Sep 17, 2:05 PM
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    UC has been beset by problems from the outset. Roll out should have been completed nation wide by the end of 2016. Although there have been pauses in the past I suspect that the rollout will be pushed forward simply because governments wants that.
    • BorisThomson
    • By BorisThomson 12th Sep 17, 2:05 PM
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    Labour MPs have already raised this issue. The government's response ignored the issues and gave a stock answer on how UC was getting more people into work.

    "Arbeit macht frei" springs to mind.
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