IDS ignored us …. and now working people are worse off

Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith
Iain Duncan Smith

The government’s controversial universal credits scheme is in disarray because ministers refused to heed the warnings of staff, the PCS says.

Iain Duncan Smith introduced the scheme to replace six benefits, including Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), saying it would encourage people to work.

But the Institute of Fiscal Studies today released a report saying working people are worse off as a result, with 2.1m people receiving less in benefits, losing on average £1,600 a year.

The report also said 1.1m homes with no-one paid to work will lose around £2,500 a year and singe working parents are set to lose £1,000.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “We warned years ago that universal credit could not succeed if it was driven by a political agenda to cut support, rather than offering genuine help for unemployed people.

“It is clear to everyone that this supposedly flagship project is in disarray and is exposed as just another political attack on people who are out of work or on low incomes.”

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