Labour to scrap Universal Credit
Labour has said it will scrap Universal Credit (UC) if it wins power at the next general election
Mr Corbyn made his announcement at a rally in Chingford and Woodford Green on 27 September, alongside Faiza Shaheen, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the constituency at the next election.
Mr Corbyn said the welfare state ideal had been “sliced apart, cut apart and destroyed”.
He promised that a Labour government would introduce “an emergency package of reforms” leading up to scrapping universal credit. In a tweet he also stated “Universal Credit is heartless and cruel. Labour will scrap it.”
Disability News Service reported: “Disabled activists have welcomed Labour’s promise to scrap universal credit (UC) as a victory for years of campaigning. But they have warned the party that they still want to know how UC will be replaced before they give the plans their whole-hearted approval. Labour’s announcement comes after years of campaigning by disabled activists, particularly Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), and organisations such as Black Triangle, Sisters of Frida and Inclusion London. Countless individual disabled activists have also called repeatedly for Labour to change its previous policy that demanded the government “pause and fix” the system and commit instead to “stop and scrap” UC.”
Where do the other political parties stand?
The Conservatives will keep UC according to Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, conference speech:
“Universal Credit provides a safeguard for the most vulnerable in our society. It supports strivers, who are not content living a life on welfare.”
Also saying that the Conservatives will:
“continue to improve UC to ensure people get the money they need in a timely manner, are helped into work, and onto an escalator up to better work.
Thérèse Coffey’s speech is available at: https://bit.ly/2oUSxbu
The Liberal Democrats would keep UC, saying
“…scrapping it and starting again when millions of people have now moved to the new system is impractical and would see more money spent again on administration rather than supporting people”.
Instead they would aim to:
“fix existing problems and construct a new benefits system which provides and respect.” https://bit.ly/337q0OL
The Green Party has already called for the government to scrap UC in 2017: https://bit.ly/2AJG5OM