Food banks furore: Amber Rudd admits botched roll-out of Universal Credit DID drive more benefits claimants to use them | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Food banks furore: Amber Rudd admits botched roll-out of Universal Credit DID drive more benefits claimants to use them

Welfare reforms are partly to blame for greater use of food banks, Amber Rudd admitted yesterday.

After years of official denials, the Work and Pensions Secretary said the roll-out of Universal Credit was one of the causes of growing hunger.

The monthly benefits payment, which merges six different benefits for working-age Britons into one, was supposed to be up and running by April 2017. Having faced numerous delays, it is now not expected to be fully operational across the country until December 2023.

When Universal Credit was first rolled out, recipients had to wait six weeks for their first handout. That limit has been cut by a week – but Miss Rudd said it was absolutely clear that the delays in claimants getting their benefits had meant more were forced to turn to food banks.

Comments

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA