Margaret Greenwood says Universal Credit driving people into poverty

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd admitted the new system – which is intended to ensure no-one is made worse off by taking jobs – was not ‘compassionate’ enough. In a speech in central London, Ms Rudd confirmed that plans to move three million people on to UC were being delayed until next year after a pilot of the transfer from existing benefits has been completed. And she announced that ‘cruel’ proposals for a two-child benefit cap to be applied retrospectively to claimants are to be scrapped, helping around 15,000 families.

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