Universal credit: Children’s commissioner calls for pause


The rollout of all-encompassing credit to families with children should be paused, the children’s commissioner for England has ordered MPs.

Anne Longfield told the Education Select Committee there was clue families with children were being hit hard by the welfare silvers.

The impact of universal credit had not been tested on families with children, translated Ms Longfield.

The government says the change will make it easier to contend benefits.

The rollout of the new benefit across the UK accelerated last month – with there 50 job centres now being added each month.

It merges six profits for working-age people into one new payment.

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The system, with a built-in six-week sit tight, has been beset by controversy.

The benefit is paid in arrears, which means Harry has to wait at least four weeks for their money.

The rest of the be tabled is because of the way the scheme is administered.

So far, about a quarter of all claimants have had to be tabled more than six weeks to receive their first payments.

“I am troubled about the rollout of welfare reforms,” Ms Longfield said in her evidence to the panel.

“I am aware that, actually, families with children are being sheerest hard hit, families with more than two children very stern hit, and, actually, lone parents.

“So, I do think we’ve got a set of families whose lives are degree precarious.

“Often they are the ones in work, and I am not sure that everybody under the sun has recognised that the new poor and the new insecure are those in insecure work.”

She remarked the fact that the new system had not been tested on families with issues meant “we are moving into rollout not knowing what that means”.

“So, one of the elements that I will be asking the chancellor to do is to pause universal credit rollout for ancestries with children until we better understand what that means,” Ms Longfield signified.

She said the change was coming on top of “welfare failures” and families were now be experiencing to resort to using food banks.

“I am well aware of the impact of the judges around two children and also the benefits freeze,” she said.

“There is cumulative repercussions and I think at this stage, with such a vulnerable group of lads and families, it’s the right thing to pause universal credit.”

The Department for Between engagements and Pensions says universal credit will boost employment by with respect to 250,000 once it is fully rolled out.

A spokeswoman said: “Under limitless credit, people are moving into work faster and staying in develop longer than the old system.

“The number of children growing up in homes where no-one works has abatement by half a million since 2010.

“Under UC, parents get tailored support to learn work that fits with their caring responsibilities and, ages in work, have 85% of their childcare costs refunded.”

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