IN PARLIAMENT: UNIVERSAL CREDIT / NATIONAL FUND / HOMELESSNESS REDUCTION ACT – and an MP is thanked for “rant”

UNIVERSAL CREDIT  Ellie Reeves Labour, Lewisham West and Penge: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the universal credit income taper and work allowances on women returning to work after childbirth. Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions: … Continue reading IN PARLIAMENT: UNIVERSAL CREDIT / NATIONAL FUND / HOMELESSNESS REDUCTION ACT – and an MP is thanked for “rant”

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT MEANS MORE PEOPLE IN CRISIS AND USING FOODBANKS IN SOUTHWARK THAN EVER BEFORE / LAMBETH COUNCIL MOTION ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT

The introduction of Universal Credit has seen more people in crisis and using food banks in Southwark than ever before, say the borough council. Rough sleeping has increased exponentially – the annual count, which took place in Southwark last month, found 42 people sleeping on the streets, an increase of 24 per cent from last … Continue reading UNIVERSAL CREDIT MEANS MORE PEOPLE IN CRISIS AND USING FOODBANKS IN SOUTHWARK THAN EVER BEFORE / LAMBETH COUNCIL MOTION ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT

CROYDON CALL FOR EXTRA GOVERNMENT FUNDING OVER UNIVERSAL CREDIT – Move follows MP Steve Reed’s Commons speech

Soaring council payouts to prevent families on Universal Credit from becoming homeless have led to Croydon asking the Government for urgent extra funding. The call follows a House of Commons speech by Croydon North MP Steve Reed on the issue (News From Crystal Palace November 17th). Last year Croydon council gave a total of £2m … Continue reading CROYDON CALL FOR EXTRA GOVERNMENT FUNDING OVER UNIVERSAL CREDIT – Move follows MP Steve Reed’s Commons speech

UNIVERSAL CREDIT AN “UNMITIGATED DISASTER” IN CROYDON – MP STEVE REED TELLS COMMONS

Universal credit is an unmitigated disaster for hundreds of the most vulnerable people in Croydon North, MP Steve Reed has told the House of Commons. He warned that if the roll-out continues before the system is fixed, those hundreds will become thousands. "People just cannot cope. "What kind of system penalises the poor, and forces … Continue reading UNIVERSAL CREDIT AN “UNMITIGATED DISASTER” IN CROYDON – MP STEVE REED TELLS COMMONS

UNIVERSAL CREDIT:  CROYDON COUNCIL SPEND £3 MILLION TO STOP EVICTIONS

Croydon council has had to spend £3 million so far to stop people from being evicted because of late rent payments, Mr Reed told the House. According to my council’s figures, a tenant on housing benefit—the legacy system—had an average rent account that was £42 in credit. Under universal credit, a tenant has an average … Continue reading UNIVERSAL CREDIT:  CROYDON COUNCIL SPEND £3 MILLION TO STOP EVICTIONS