Wednesday 1 August 2018 / 12:01 AM Margaret Greenwood / Universal Credit

Delays in payments of Universal Credit are sending victims back to abusive partners – Margaret Greenwood

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the Work and Pensions Select Committee report on single household Universal Credit payments putting claimants at risk of domestic abuse, said:

“Universal Credit single household payments make it easier for perpetrators of domestic abuse to control and exploit their victims, leaving vulnerable people – often women and children – wholly reliant on an abusive partner for money to fulfil even their most basic needs.

“It is shocking too that in some cases delays in payments of Universal Credit are sending victims back to abusive partners.

“Universal Credit is fraught with design flaws and the government has shamelessly ignored warning after warning about the devastating impact it has had on the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

“The government must now listen to these warnings, pause the roll out of Universal Credit and fix the problems so that people are not pushed into poverty, destitution and even put at greater risk of domestic abuse as a result of the major flaws in its design and delivery.”