Unite community national day of action on Universal Credit
JANUARY 21, 2019
This Christmas will be cancelled for thousands of families claiming the new benefit Universal Credit. Despite knowing Universal Credit causes serious problems for claimants, Theresa May's Tory government is pressing ahead and rolling it out to thousands of people who will have to wait weeks to receive any money. Claimants are descending into debt, relying on food banks, getting into rent arrears and in many cases getting evicted from their homes because of in- built problems with Universal Credit.
The Tories’ failing Universal Credit programme is plunging millions of people into poverty, leaving them unable to pay rent or put dinner on the table, and facing debt and eviction as a result. Unite community has organised a national day of action against Universal Credit on Saturday 1st December with over 80 stalls in towns and cities across the UK. Unite and the Labour Party are calling on the government to stop & scrap Universal Credit.
What's the problem?
Universal Credit (UC) replaces six benefits into one and once fully implemented will cover nearly six million households, including over one million low paid/part-time workers as Universal Credit replaces Working Tax credits, Housing Benefit and Child Tax Credits. Tens of thousands of Unite members who are on low pay and in receipt of in-work benefits will be caught up in this disastrous change to our social security system. Many will be considerably worse off under UC than under the legacy benefits.
Take action NOW against Universal Credit
On Saturday 1 December 2018 Unite Community will be staging a national day of action to #StopUniversalCredit to send a message to the Tory government that it can't be fixed. Join Unite in your area and back the call to #StopUniversalCredit. Check out the events where you are:
Unite is demanding improvements
Unite the union is calling on the government to fix the following problems that are causing the most hardship to claimants:
- Abandon the long waits for claimants to receive money
- Allow people to apply for Universal Credit in a jobcentre, not just online
- Provide people with better help when the system fails them
- Pay landlords directly to stop people getting into rent arrears and losing their homes
- End benefit sanctions for claimants
- Stop payments going to one named member of a household
- Make work pay – Universal Credit takes 63p in every £1 people earn
What you can do
- Join the #StopUniversalCredit day of action on Saturday 1 December
- Sign The Mirror’s petition to stop the rollout of Universal Credit
- Check the Turn2us guide to Universal Credit and to calculate what you would be entitled to under the system.
- Check out the Citizens Advice guide on Universal Credit