‘Universal Credit’ – At Least 200,000 Worse Off !
Nigel Nelson Political Editor of the Sunday People reports that at least 200.000 people will be worse off under the Universal Credit system according to Labour.
They are challenging Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith’s claims that there will be more gaining than losing under the new set-up.
Ministers in 2012 said winners will number 3.1million, and 2.8million losing. Now they admit to “three million” losers.
And despite promises one million would be claiming UC last April, only 27,000 are, figures show.
Estimates of £2.2billion fraud and error savings are now put at £600,000.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves said: “Iain Duncan Smith promised more winners than losers. He has to come clean about how many will lose if it’s ever successfully “rolled out”.”
UC merges six working-age benefits into one to try to make welfare simpler.
The DWP said of it: “More people will gain. Three million will be better off by £2,000 a year.”
“People who aren’t dependent on the welfare system will have a jolt into a different world when and if they do. It’s played for political gain with the only winners being those who are protected from being a pawn in the corrupt game. People don’t matter anymore.”