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Responding to the noise on social media, Vicki Nash, Head of Policy and Campaigns said:
“The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey mentioned Mind in her Universal Credit (UC) regulations statement. We have repeatedly raised our concerns with the Department of Work and Pensions about UC and the regulations and so wanted to make it clear where we stand on the issue.
“These regulations confirmed our worst fears - that in the move over to UC three million people, including hundreds of thousands of people with mental health problems, will be forced to make a new claim. This risks many being left without income and pushed into poverty. The regulations have done little to meet this fundamental problem - as it stands there is still no safety net for people before or during the move to UC.
“The Government must do the right thing and withdraw these regulations, before they fall squarely on some of the most vulnerable in society.”