Labour on course for symbolic victory in vote on universal credit – Politics live

18 Oct

I understand why the government wish to proceed with the rollout of universal credit, and I give them my support. However, they need to proceed with caution, they must not stick rigidly to a pre-conceived timetable, and they must slow down or speed up as circumstances dictate. They should be pragmatic and not dogmatic, and they should continue to listen and to respond to feedback …

Whilst it is right to acknowledge the improvements that have been made in recent months, it is also important to recognise that much work still needs to be done. The long delays before some claimants receive the payments must stop.

The government must seriously consider implementing the CAB recommendation that those who need it much get a payment within two weeks, which they do not then have to pay back.

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