Universal Credit will replace existing benefits and Newcastle is one of the first places where it will be introduced in full
Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah said that her office received a lot of complaints from constituents receiving Universal Credit even though, so far, it only applied to single people.
She said: “Our benefits casework has gone up hugely as a result of Universal Credit.
“Only a small percentage of our constituents are on Universal Credit but it makes up a third of our casework.
“There are huge problems. It’s very difficult for us to find out anything, as it’s done centrally.
“I think the point the Resolution Foundation makes about it being driven by cost-cutting rather than getting people into work really comes through.”
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