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WARNING UNIVERSAL CREDIT “INCOME SHOCK” COULD DRIVE FOODBANK USE
25 Oct 2018
Foodbank provider Trussell Trust has issued a stark warning to MSPs that Universal Credit could drive in-work poverty and foodbank use – highlighting the urgent need for the Tories to fix their broken welfare system.
In a written submission to the Scottish Parliament’s Social Security Committee, Trussell Trust said that their analysis showed “an increase in demand for foodbanks in areas of full Universal Credit rollout even when accounting for seasonal and other variations”.
The Trust highlighted concerns that Universal Credit was not sensitive to the realities of irregular work, that the impact on self-employed people has not been fully evaluated and that larger families will see a cut in their income.
The submission also warned that moving people from working tax credits and child tax credits to Universal Credit would cause an increase in in-work poverty. It continued: “Income shocks have been shown to be a key trigger for a foodbank referral, particularly for vulnerable groups like disabled people and families with dependent children.”
Commenting, SNP MSP Shona Robison said:
“This is a stark warning from those at the frontline of the fight against poverty – and it underlines just how much damage the botched rollout of Universal Credit is causing.
“Families could be pushed over the breadline by these cuts, with the move to Universal Credit costing some households £2400 a year.
“Philip Hammond must use his budget to pause the rollout and fix this broken system.”