The controversial, much-delayed Universal Credit could see even more people forced to rely on foodbanks as it moves into the next stage of its roll-out.
A new report by national foodbank charity The Trussell Trust found that foodbank usage rises by 52 per cent a year after the new benefits system is rolled out in an area – compared to 13 per cent when it has been live for three months or less.
The roll-out to all job centres is almost complete with the next stage – dubbed “managed migration” – set to commence, bringing three million people currently claiming benefits and tax credits on to the system.
And that has sent alarm bells ringing for the charity after their research linked increases in foodbank referrals to moves on to Universal Credit.
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Benefits issues are also cited as the main reason for referrals with the five-week wait for a first payment causing particular hardship.