Social security should reduce poverty not bolster it.
It is there to support people in times of need and claiming should not come at the price of being forced to subsist on an inadequate income. Social security should therefore guarantee a minimum standard of living based on need and benchmarked against a social average.
- Universal Credit is a vehicle for cuts and is causing severe hardship wherever it has been rolled out.
- Social security should lift people out of poverty but Universal Credit is leaving people in debt and rent arrears, and forcing people to turn to food banks to survive.
- Despite mounting evidence of its failure, the Tories are pressing ahead with UC
- Universal Credit needs scrapping and replacing, and that’s what the next Labour Government will do.
Universal Credit needs scrapped and replaced with a social security system dedicated to dignity, universalism and ending poverty.
Labour will scrap UC and replace wilful social insecurity with genuine fairness.