Last week Twickenham Labour Party campaigners went to London to meet Labour MPs and Unite members protesting against the Conservative Government's introduction of Universal Credit.
The series of local and regional demonstrations was organised to draw attention to the proposals, which threaten thousands of people with possible cuts to their income and risk of eviction. Universal Credit is a new system combining six benefits into one universal benefit. Many claimants are people in work, whose take home pay is so low, it is below the poverty level.
Twickenham Labour Party's Disability and Social Care Officer, Steven Mayers said:
"We are very concerned that this Government is still trying to rush through Universal Credit. We know that the system is broken and the Government need to stop and fix it before they continue to roll it out.
It is a complicated system and delays could mean claimants are at risk of destitution over Christmas."
"To make matters worse the helpline system the Government set up will only be fully operational for two out of 10 days over the holiday. Which means people in need won't get help. Already 2 out of 5 people entitled to Universal credit are in rent arrears, and at risk of losing their homes."