The federal government ought to reduce the “cruel” six-week delay for Universal Credit claimants to only a month, an influential cross-party committee of MPs has urged.
The Commons Work and Pensions Committee mentioned in a report revealed on Thursday that claims Common Credit score mirrors the world of labor are undermined by “fundamental flaws”.
The report’s launch coincides with mounting strain for the federal government to regulate the ready interval and mitigate the impact of cuts to welfare applied in 2015.
One girl advised HuffPost UK last week that she was driven to attempting suicide after ready greater than 5 weeks for her first Common Credit score fee.
Labour’s Frank Subject, who chairs the committee, described the so-called “baked in” wait as “cruel”. “No one can give us any real justification for it,” he mentioned.
Subject added: “Such a protracted wait bears no relation to anybody’s working life and the horrible hardship it has been confirmed to trigger really makes it tougher for individuals to search out work.
“It’s not too late for the Authorities to avert a Christmas catastrophe. They need to act now.
“This urgent recommendation, of cutting that six-week wait, is the first step from the Committee in what I hope will be a series of reports on the Government’s ailing flagship welfare policy.”
Whereas Tory MP Heidi Allen mentioned: “Regardless of the clear assist for Common Credit score, there may be cross-party recognition that the 6 week wait doesn’t honour the unique intentions of the system.
“To truly represent the world of work, the payment cycle must mirror how the majority of people are paid i.e. monthly. Universal Credit will only be the success it deserves to be if it works with claimants to find work, and not against them.”
The flagship programme has been suffering from issues, together with the perilous six week stall in funds and rip-off fees to call its helpline.
And HuffPost revealed Common Credit score’s “hidden” raid on the self-employed that might value round 800,000 strivers as a lot as £1,500 a month in misplaced advantages.
Final week, the Commons backed Labour’s advisory movement calling for the controversial welfare modifications to be placed on maintain by 299 votes to nil.
Conservative MPs abstained from the vote, though Tory MP Sarah Wollaston sided with Labour.
A spokesperson for the Division for Work and Pensions mentioned: “The federal government stays decided to make sure that individuals becoming a member of Common Credit score don’t face hardship which is why we lately introduced vital enhancements to the system of advance funds that folks can get as quickly as they get into the system.
“We also know that over time people adjust to managing monthly payments, and reduce their arrears. The majority of people are comfortable managing their money but budgeting advice, upfront benefit advances and direct rent payments to landlords can be provided for those who need it.”