Is it time for Universal Credit to be scrapped?

Dpac disability campaigners

Calls are growing for the Universal Credit system to be scrapped completely.

Previously many Scottish charities have said the roll out of the controversial benefit must be paused until fixes are made.

However, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, has said an incoming Labour government will abolish it rather than trying to reform it.

UC replaces six existing benefits with one – but trials have showed it is hurting the people it is supposed to help, with problems including a six week waiting period between claim and payment, and the fact that it’s online only limiting access.

So is UC unreformable? Is it time for Universal Credit to be scrapped?

Vote now and join in the debate by leaving a comment below.

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9th October 2018 by Graham Martin 2 Comments

Is it time for Universal Credit to be scrapped?

Poll results (total votes: 56)

Is it time for Universal Credit to be scrapped?
Answer:
Yes
Votes:
51
Ratio:
91.07%
Answer:
No
Votes:
5
Ratio:
8.93%

9th October 2018 by Hannah Elkington

The idea of universal credit is highly unworkable it does improve people's situation, it more likely makes people's situation ten time worse.

10th October 2018 by Sally Russell

The delay between claim and payment is often a lot more than 6 weeks - face to face assessments are asked for for a variety of reasons. I guess there's no such thing as a free lunch and it does feel like the system is trying to reduce claimants payments. Older and disabled people are also faced with the additional burden of needing to complete all claims on line. Unfair.