“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.