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“The choice of Harrogate as the testing ground for the next stage of the Government’s controversial Universal Credit system may seem like a matter of debate as part of a national controversy but the facts on the ground say it matters for many residents in the town.
The figures show that, as of February this year, a total of 4,633 people in Harrogate were already on Universal Credit in which all new claimants must wait five weeks for their first payment.
The Government had long insisted no-one would be worse off under Universal Credit than old-style benefits, but last October then-Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey admitted some would lose money. The Institute for Fiscal Studies estimates 1.9m people will lose more than £1,000 in entitlements.”
The Tories’ failing Universal Credit programme is plunging millions of people into poverty, leaving them unable to pay rent or put dinner on the table, and facing debt and eviction as a result.
Labour will stop the roll-out, and ensure our social security system genuinely protects people from poverty.
We are not just looking at lecturers – this will affect support staff, learning support assistants, IT, library, security, catering, finance and more. The cuts are causing deep distress to staff and students who are uncertain of their future.
The University and College Union (UCU) says the proposals would lead to around a third of the workforce being cut and fewer learning opportunities for local people.
A total of 378 members of staff have taken part in a recent strike ballot at the college’s three campuses in Hull, Harrogate and Goole, with 79% of those backing the strike action.
Harrogate College needs support from the public to apply pressure and raise awareness of this issue. We must ensure staff are retained and courses are kept to avoid a skills gap being created in our town.
As a show of solidarity, Labour Party members will be joining staff and students at the strike tomorrow morning from ~ 7.30AM. Please join us if you can spare an hour.