Universal Credit is replacing several existing benefits including those that many of us need because we’re too unwell to work.
At the moment, the Government are looking to push ahead with plans that open up thousands of people with mental health problems to the risk of being left without any income.
Under these plans, anyone on older benefits will be told that their payments will stop, and that the responsibility for reapplying for Universal Credit will fall squarely on them.
Anyone unable to reapply – for whatever reason – will be left not with their old benefits, not with Universal Credit, but with no money at all. It could leave many of us vulnerable to debt and make our mental health worse.
We want to see the Government change those plans so that everyone can keep their older benefits until they’re on Universal Credit. If the Government can’t guarantee that nobody will be left without their income as a result of the switch, we need to see MPs voting against these regulations.
Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd has decided to delay the vote on these plans and has announced several changes including plans for a pilot of 10,000 people who currently need support from the benefit system. We hope this signals an important change to their approach to moving people over to Universal credit. But there is still a long way to go to make sure that people don’t risk losing their income as part of the switch over. You can take a look at our full response here. Keep checking this webpage, visit our News page or sign-up as a campaigner for updates.