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Responding to the statement this morning by DWP Minister David Gauke, PCS Union representing DWP workers who are tasked with delivering Universal Credit (UC) said:

Tory welfare policies are aimed at removing the social security safety net. Poverty is built into the UC system with delays of 6 weeks and often far beyond. It is unacceptable that our members will have to deliver an untested and failing system to some of the most vulnerable people in society.

The DWP is simply not ready to deliver the rollout of UC Full Service in 50 Jobcentres per month

PCS has consistently raised issues of staffing levels and delays in payments with DWP.

One of the tragedies of this situation is that public servants determined to help people into work will have the rug pulled from under their feet as claimants struggle to manage debt instead of seeking employment

Mark Serwotka PCS General Secretary responding to Gauke stated –

“Universal Credit remains a disaster because it is driven by the Tories’ political choice to cut public spending and to denigrate people who rely on social security support.

The misery being inflicted by the government’s mishandling of this disastrous programme must be stopped and the full roll-out should be suspended immediately.

The government’s arrogant refusal to listen to its own staff, experts, charities, those affected and even its own MPs shows their aim is not to help people but to cynically cut support from those who need it most.

A review of the entire project – from its impact on claimants to systemic failings, IT problems and pressures on staff – is needed before any decision is made as to whether it is fit to continue.

“Cuts to DWP staff and resources must be reversed to give the department the means to develop a system that offers genuine help.”



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