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BREAKING: UC National Rollout Delayed Again

October 16, 2018

The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme reports as we speak that the national rollout of Universal Credit is to be delayed again- until the end of 2023.

Leaked documents reveal that ministers have given in to pressure on this issue. The UC rollout will be at least six years late.

There are also proposals to spend hundreds of millions to prevent hardships for claimants during the rollout.

The next step will now start in November 2020- more than a year later than planned.

Reportedly ministers want to use the delay to make significant changes to UC. They have evidence that the introduction of UC in an area leads to increased food bank use.

The DWP hope to pay some existing benefits to claimants for an extra 2 weeks and reduce maximum deductions from UC payments. They also hope to make it easier for self employed people to claim UC.

This still needs to be approved by the Treasury.

Same Difference welcomes and celebrates this news.

Please treat this as an open thread for your reactions.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ralph permalink
    October 16, 2018 10:43 am

    This is indeed good news. I hope they do ‘fix’ it but the cynic in me thinks it’s just being kicked into the long grass and more important what about the poor sods already being mistreated under uc?

  2. Ken Webb permalink
    October 16, 2018 11:23 am

    Does this mean we won’t need the Suicide Minister? Or has she already advised?

  3. October 16, 2018 3:56 pm

    According to my MP’s office, this is wrong! First, those areas already in rollout will carry on – disability etc notwithstanding; no adjustments will be made. Second, it’s policy so this is an extension, not a stop; UC WILL happen BEFORE the next General Election so that it’ll be too costly to reverse!

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