Don't put benefits claimants at risk of eviction: slow down Universal Credit rollout

Claimants are facing huge waits for their welfare payments, leaving vulnerable people and families at risk of homelessness. The hasty introduction of the Tories' new welfare scheme, Universal Credit, is causing payment delays of nearly three months. This is putting people at risk of eviction.

Please sign this petition to demand that the rolling out of Universal Credit is slowed down to ensure it is implemented efficiently and effectively, so that no more people face needlessly losing their home.

Croydon Council in south London is one of the pilot areas for the Universal Credit "full digital service". There have been numerous problems due to complications and delays. Mark Fowler, Croydon Council's director of welfare, said: "People in emergency accommodation - so people who are incredibly vulnerable, fleeing domestic violence, mental health issues, single parents, English isn't their first language - are particularly hit by the approach to Universal Credit."

Nick Atkin, chief executive of the Halton Housing Trust, says that communications with the DWP have caused many of the problems, and that the rollout of the digital Universal Credit system needs to be slowed down.

Please sign this petition and join us in asking the government to slow down the introduction of Universal Credit. If enough people sign, it will send a clear message that we hold them responsible for the lives of the vulnerable people affected.

The UK government:

The Universal Credit pilot scheme in Croydon has caused problems for many vulnerable people who were left waiting for their payments for nearly three months.

Croydon Council staff have expressed concerns about the impact of these delays, including the riisk of eviction. 

We ask you to slow down the rolling out of Universal Credit to avoid further disruption and suffering and ensure it is implemented effectively and efficiently.

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