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Government ‘burying head in the sand’ on Universal Credit

October 19, 2017 11:01 AM

The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of burying its head in the sand after it was announced the rollout of Universal Credit will go ahead. Theresa May was forced to announce the scrapping 55p per minute helpline would be scrapped during a stormy session of Prime Minister's Questions earlier this afternoon.

Liberal Democrat MPs will today join other opposition parties in the debate on Universal Credit. Stephen Lloyd MP, the Liberal Democrat work and pensions spokesperson, has attacked the government's flagship policy as a "slow-motion car crash".

The debate comes as the latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions showed that almost a quarter of new claimants to Universal Credit did not receive their full payment on time.

Councillor Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, commented:

"Scrapping the 55p per minute 'helpline' is welcome news but the government must go further. They are continuing to bury their heads in the sand over the shocking impact the rollout of Universal Credit is having on people's lives.

"Despite dozens of backbench Conservative MPs calling for a rethink, ministers are determined to press ahead despite the consequences.

"This is despite clear evidence from numerous respected organisations of the destitution families are experiencing because of Universal Credit, including statistics from the Department for Work and Pensions itself."