The government’s Universal Credit – the streamlining of six benefits into one payment – has been subjected to a barrage of criticism, mainly due to the six-week delays getting first payments sorted.
Following a week of pressure over charges inflicted on those calling the government’s Universal Credit helpline in an attempt to get information.
Prime Minister Theresa May has now announced charges – up to 55p-a-minute – will be dropped, and said the helpline will be made free over the next month.
Leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn claimed May had “bowed to Labour pressure” on the charges, and urged her to go further by halting the planned roll-out of the scheme.
“The fundamental problems of Universal Credit remain – the six week wait, rising indebtedness, rent arrears and evictions,” he said at this afternoon’s PMQs.
“Will the prime minister now pause Universal Credit and fix the problems before pressing ahead with the roll-out?”