Thursday 25 January 2018 / 12:39 PM Debbie Abrahams / DWP

OBR Welfare Trends report reveals the chaos of the Government’s flagship Universal Credit programme

Debbie Abrahams MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the Office for Budget Responsibility’s Welfare Trends report today, said:

“This report reveals the chaos of the Government’s flagship Universal Credit programme and the devastating impact Tory cuts to social security are having on the lives of millions of people.

“In uncharacteristically strong language, this report reveals the complete disarray of the Tories’ Universal Credit programme, which represents a “significant risk” to public spending.

“Cuts to Universal Credit have undermined the original principles of making work pay and reducing poverty. Families, disabled people and the self-employed are bearing the brunt of these failings. The Tories must halt the roll out of Universal Credit and carry out urgent reform to fix these fundamental flaws.