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'Halt universal credit pilot' MSPs tell UK government

[2019.07.12, Fri 01:32] MSPs are calling for a stop to the next stage in the rollout of universal credit over fears about the impact it will have. For the first time it involves people on existing benefits being moved to universal credit. In March, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed claimants in Harrogate who still receive the old-style benefits will be the first people to be moved to universal credit under a pilot scheme starting this month. "The rollout of universal credit has been littered with mistakes and it is vital that this latest pilot is put on hold to ensure that there is no negative impact upon claimants who rely on this money." "Speaking at the time of the announcement of the pilot in March, Amber Rudd said:"Moving people from the old and outdated benefits system to universal credit is a positive and important moment. "Once on universal credit people will benefit from a more personal service and can expect to receive up to six benefits combined into one, making it easier for them to manage their money." "A DWP spokesperson said:"We are taking a measured approach to moving people to Universal Credit from the old system, working with expert stakeholders to ensure vulnerable and complex claimants are fully supported. Google the news >>

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