Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, is due to visit Caerphilly on Thursday (4 April). She is visiting DWP staff at different sites in the borough.
In response to her visit, Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphily, said, “I hope that the Minister will take the opportunity to meet with front line staff. If they have the chance I am sure that they will tell the Minister how difficult it is to deal with the Tory Government’s deeply flawed introduction of Universal Credit”.
In particular, a report at the end of last year identified that more than half of Universal Credit claimants in the Caerphilly County Borough are struggling with rent payments.
Caerphilly Council has highlighted that the Council is struggling to provide the level of support it would like to give, but 80% of the Council’s tenants were in receipt of housing benefits and are being mooved to Universal Credit. The Council has received no additional funding to hep support claimants.
Wayne David added, “While some changes to Universal Credit and others are planned, it remains the case that not only are many families likely to be worse off, but the lack of planning and resources devoted to the introduction of the scheme is causing untold hardship to some of the most vunerable in our society.
“I urge the Minister to listen to day-to-day problems experienced by front line staff at the DWP. I hope there will be a halt to the further rollout of Universal Creditso that we can have a social security system that supports people, rather than one that pushes many into poverty”.