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 Post subject: Archbishop calls for cut to universal credit delays
PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:15 am 
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Hi,

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-41712312

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"The six week waiting time for universal credit must be cut as the idea that people have a nest egg to fall back on is "grotesquely ignorant", the Archbishop of York has said.

Dr John Sentamu said ministers must take a "courageous" look at the benefit. Addressing the delay must be a priority, he said.

The government said it was determined to ensure people would not face hardship.

Changes recently announced to the system of advanced payments meant people could access these as soon as they got into the system, a spokesman said."

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"The government said it was determined to ensure people would not face hardship."


If the reduction in waiting time is reduced from 6 to 4 weeks WTF are people going to eat, heat their homes with and generally survive with.

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"Changes recently announced to the system of advanced payments meant people could access these as soon as they got into the system, a spokesman said."

So why not let people access their money ?

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Last week, Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to scrap premium rate charges for phone calls to the universal credit helpline, which can be up to 55p a minute.

However, she refused to pause the roll-out of the scheme despite a non binding vote by the opposition backing the move. Tory MPs were ordered to abstain from voting.

Stephen McPartland, a Conservative MP who threatened to rebel, told BBC Radio 4's Week at Westminster that he thought a resolution to the issue was close.

He would like a reduction in the delay to four weeks and said: "I think the Secretary of State [David Gauke] has found it very difficult to justify inside the parliamentary party why they need to defend a six-week wait."

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Having grown up in "The Powerhouse of the North" during the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's and watched this shattered country recover from Bankruptcy after WW2 it shames me to see what our Governments have done to this once great nation.


Regards, Mick D

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