End Hunger UK/Fix Universal Credit – sign the petition

The Universal Credit (UC) system needs to be fixed – the system can push disabled people, families, and other groups into debt. Data from Trussell Trust foodbanks reveals that foodbanks in areas of full Universal Credit rollout for 12 months or more have seen a 52% increase in need, compared to 13% elsewhere.

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The Universal Credit (UC) system needs to be fixed – the system can push disabled people, families, and other groups into debt. Data from Trussell Trust foodbanks reveals that foodbanks in areas of full Universal Credit rollout for 12 months or more have seen a 52% increase in need, compared to 13% elsewhere.

As a matter of urgency, End Hunger UK is calling on the government to:

  • Take action to improve the flexibility and support for people on Universal Credit.
  • Make improvements to Universal Credit, to ensure it does not leave more people at risk of debt and destitution.
  • Make a long-term commitment to ensure Universal Credit provides people with enough income to afford good food on a regular basis.

You can read End Hunger UK’s report, here and sign the petition here. The petition is also available to print, so that you can take it with you to social gatherings and anywhere you think it will reach the most people.

This national petition is a call to the Prime Minister to fix Universal Credit, to prevent people from going hungry. We will deliver this petition to 10 Downing Street in the lead up to the Autumn Budget in Mid-November, standing alongside volunteers from independent food aid providers and people with direct experience of the system.

The government will have to take notice if most of the, literally, thousands of people who use, volunteer or donate to our foodbanks every week lend their support to this petition by signing it and sharing it.

Information about End Hunger UK is available at:http://endhungeruk.org/

Information about the Trussell Trust is available at:https://www.trusselltrust.org/

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