The Daily Mirror has reported today that the government’s mandatory 6-week waiting time for receipt of Universal Credit (UC) will mean sixty thousand households and around forty thousand children will be deprived of all income from now until Christmas – forcing those families into a penniless Christmas.
The Tories’ advice to those affected? Call the helpline – which won’t reduce the waiting period.
The Mirror reports that the government makes an emergency fund available – but that this is limited to two weeks’ worth of payments, nowhere near enough to bridge a gap of at least six weeks, with almost a fifth of claimants waiting significantly longer.
The UC waiting period was originally just three days, but was increased as a cost-saving measure. According to the Mirror, Foodbank usage has leaped by thirty percent in areas where the system has been rolled out.
MPs yesterday held an emergency debate on reducing the 6-week wait, but DWP Secretary David Gauke didn’t even bother to attend. Tory MPs again abstained en masse, so the motion to reduce the wait from six weeks to four passed unanimously – but the cowardly and ‘consciously cruel’ Tory government is unlikely to heed the result.
The Mirror’s news comes just days after a report showed 120,000 deaths have been linked to Tory policies.
The net effect of Tory callousness and incompetence is the persecution and even killing of the poor and vulnerable of this country – and all under cover of wilful economic idiocy and untruths. Mere electoral defeat is not enough. Criminal prosecutions of those responsible need to follow.
If you are unfortunate enough to be one of the people affected by the Tories’ conscious cruelty, the Mirror’s article also links to a guide to finding help and support.
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