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Conservative MPs accuse citizens of ‘scaremongering stories’ about experiences of Universal Credit.

December 11, 2017

Politics and Insights

Conservative MP Wendy Morton says Universal Credit ‘helps’ people into work and criticises opposition MPs for ‘scaremongering.’ However, the new benefit has pushed people into debt and rent arrears, with some forced to rely on food banks to survive. It’s difficult to see precisely how a social security benefit that creates those circumstances could possibly help people into work.

The introduction of Universal Credit was aimed at ‘incentivising’ people into work and to work longer hours, by ensuring that for those needing to claim welfare support, the experience was as uncomfortable as possible. Under the Conservatives, social security has been transformed into a system that metes out discipline,  coercing citizens into compliance with state-defined economic outcomes, rather than serving as a national insurance-funded provision to meet people’s basic necessities, should they need it – which was the original intention behind the welfare state. 

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  1. jeffrey davies permalink
    December 11, 2017 7:17 am its a bloody stick to beat those out of work in work it isn’t there to help but take the benefits one gets jeff3

  2. December 11, 2017 11:33 pm

    if they had any common sense at all,. and knew what they were talking about (MPs like Wendy Morton ) would know that people who rely on benefits dont have savings dont have mummies and daddies with enough money to sub from them and therefore having to wait those mandatory weeks plus some extra when dwp is behind with sorting claims out,. is going to land up with those claimants destitute with bills soaring and health deteriorating.v they need to get out of their plush offices, go visit their constituents and not just the well off either… go talk to the street people. they will tell (and show)them a thing or two they cant ignore.l

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