Sunday 14 October 2018 / 9:07 AM Margaret Greenwood / Universal Credit

Tories hitting young people with punitive Universal Credit sanctions

New analysis by the Labour Party has revealed that more than 70 per cent of Universal Credit sanctions have landed on claimants aged under 30.

Out of a total of 473,000 decisions to apply a sanction under the Universal Credit live service, over 334,000 (70%) have been applied to claimants aged under 30. Nearly a fifth of all sanctions have landed on claimants aged just 18 and 19 years old.

Labour is demanding the Government looks at the overwhelming evidence and stop the rollout of Universal Credit. Labour is committed to a root-and-branch review of the social security system to ensure it lifts people out of poverty and is there for all of us in our time of need.

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said:

“This is further evidence of the impact of the Tories’ punitive sanctions regime. Rather than supporting young people into secure, well paid jobs, the Tories are hitting them with sanctions.

“Universal Credit is causing poverty and hardship wherever it’s rolled out, especially for young people.

“The Government must do the right thing and stop the rollout of Universal Credit.”