Citizens Advice Scotland have this week called for an immediate halt to the roll out of Universal Credit and highlighted a number of “major flaws” which are plunging people into poverty.
In areas where Universal credit has been introduced in Scotland, there has been a ten-fold increase in people contacting the charity about crisis grants, and a 600 per cent increase in clients with rent arrears.
I have had a number of constituent’s contact me about this issue and these statistics will come as no surprise to people who have experienced dealing with the Universal Credit. You may also recall that I recently spoke about the tragic effects of the Universal Credit roll out in Kirkintilloch and surrounding villages during a debate in Parliament. A video of my speech is available below.
The UK Government must halt this disastrous roll out now and listen to the voices of MPs and organisations such as CAS, who have been left to pick up the pieces after the damage caused by Universal Credit.