Mhairi Black, SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South has explained Universal Credit ‘to those who don’t understand politics’ in a speech in Parliament today.
She said on the topic of problems with Universal Credit that she “generally wanted to say to the benches opposite that none of us opposite are lying about our experiences, we’re not making things up. We are coming to you with genuine problems here that the government are falling to address.”
Later in the speech, she said the offer of advance payments to those, without any money, are making matters worse for some claimants because the advance payments had to be paid back. Claimants , in some test areas are having to wait up to 6 weeks to receive their new benefits.
She accused the government of acting like a “pious loan shark – except that instead of coming through your front door they are coming after your mental health, your physical well-being, your stability, your sense of security.”
The Government must halt the accelerated rollout of Universal Credit now or people will suffer completely unnecessary hardship. pic.twitter.com/XQ6DMx0UQr
— Mhairi Black MP (@MhairiBlack) October 18, 2017
Universal credit, which rolls six benefits into a single payment, is designed to make the system simpler and ensure no-one faces a situation where they would be better off claiming benefits than working but has faced a backlash from MPs.