Friday, 14 September 2012
CHAOS AROUND BENEFIT CHANGES
Working families must not pay the price of this Tory-Lib Dem Government’s ideologically driven incompetent welfare reform programme.
With support for millions of working families relying on Ministers getting the new ‘Universal Credit’ right, the project is too important to mess up, particularly in these difficult times.
That is why, with under 150 days to go, it is extremely worrying that the project is now widely known to be in deep trouble.
It is an open secret that chaos is swirling around the Government department in charge, with ministers having failed to take into account basic details of how the scheme will work.
I’m in favour of Universal Credit – it builds on Labour’s belief that work must always pay more than benefits. That is why I want it to succeed.
The Tory-led Government needs to come clean about the problems and set out a plan to address its flaws before it’s too late, and hard working families end up paying the price.