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Is it time for Universal Credit to be scrapped?


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.

Is it time for Universal Credit to be scrapped?

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Hannah Elkington
over 2 years ago
The idea of universal credit is highly unworkable it does improve people's situation, it more likely makes people's situation ten time worse.
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Sally Russell
over 2 years ago
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.