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Mallon: Universal Credit delay nothing to be celebrated

Responding to a letter from the Department for Communities to the advice sector confirming that it will not begin the managed migration phase of the roll out of Universal Credit until 2020 as opposed to July 2019 as originally planned, SDLP Social Justice Spokesperson Nichola Mallon MLA said this delay is not something to be celebrated as in effect it means more low income and working families will lose out financially.

The North Belfast MLA said:

"At first glance, given the well evidenced hardship caused by Universal Credit, this delay may appear to be good news for families but it is anything but.

"This announced delay in moving people over onto Universal Credit is an admission by the Tory Government that this system is flawed and is causing hurt and hardship, but it does not protect low income and working people. In effect it means more people are likely to lose out and be worse off as they are left to move on to Universal Credit prematurely or as a result of a change in their circumstances and in doing so will not receive the protections available under managed migration. I cannot stress enough how important it is that people seek independent advice before they make any move in respect of Universal Credit.

"This delay is nothing to be celebrated. What is needed is an immediate halt to the roll out of Universal Credit until there is urgent and radical reform of this cruel and deeply flawed system."

Nichola Mallon MLA

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