Universal Credit: response to Secretary of State’s speech

October 2, 2017

In response to David Gauke's Conservative party speech, Child Poverty Action Group Chief Executive Alison Garnham said:

"We've been calling for some time for information on advance payments to be proactively offered to families with children. It doesn't make sense to pretend that having no income for 6 weeks won't harm them. If that's now going to happen then that's welcome.

"Given the serious and wide-ranging concerns about nearly every aspect of Universal Credit, we had hoped for more on how the Government plans to address the funding, policy-design and administrative problems plaguing Universal Credit before it is rolled out to families."

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Further information from CPAG press contact Jane Ahrends on 0207 812 5216 or 07816 909302.