Civilisation has operated in two ways - To make one part of society more affluent and the other more wretched than would have been the lot of either in a natural state
There are Natural Rights and Civil Rights. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Where Our Power to Execute Our Natural Rights is Perfect, Government has No Legitimate Jurisdiction
When the Forces for War are Greater than the Forces for Peace   Then the World is in Danger
Politics is not a Dirty Word. It is a Way of Life. How is Your Way of Life Today ?

‘Abandon universal credit roll-out or face chaos of poll tax riots’,


Gordon Brown warns government

Former Labour leader says new system could leave millions worse off
Tom Barnes
Indy Politics
Former prime minister Gordon Brown has branded Universal Credit ‘cruel and vindictive far beyond austerity’
Britain could face turmoil not seen since the Thatcher’s poll tax, riots if the government pushes ahead with a national roll-out of the universal credit scheme, Gordon Brown has warned.
The former prime minister described the welfare reforms as a “cruel and vindictive” experiment that will exacerbate the “convulsions” of Brexit and risk public disorder.
His intervention comes as charities warn extending the coverage of universal credit across the country would trigger a surge in food bank usage.
Reports have suggested millions of families could be left more than £200 a month worse off when the new system begins its national roll-out in July.
‘Not sustainable’: Labour would axe universal credit, McDonnell says
DWP calls in Citizens Advice to help rollout of universal credit
How universal credit is leaving children undernourished
Labour may scrap universal credit in overhaul of ‘toxic’ system
Self-employed ‘up to £3,000 worse off per year’ under universal credit
Archbishop of Canterbury calls for halt to Universal Credit
Writing in the Daily Mirror, Mr Brown said universal credit would remove £3bn from the social security budget on top of cuts to child tax credits and benefit, which he helped introduce.
He warned that child poverty was rising “inexorably” and is expected to hit five million in 2022.
“It is now time to abandon the national roll-out of the disastrous benefit-cutting universal credit,” he said.
“Call a halt to this experiment – cruel and vindictive far beyond austerity – that is pushing child poverty among millions of hard-working British families to record levels.
“From next July when three million more families begin to be herded on to universal credit, our country will face the kind of chaos we have not seen since the days of the hated poll tax.
“With the convulsions of Brexit in March and the universal credit four months later we face a summer of division and despair.”
Along with Mr Brown, shadow chancellor John McDonnell and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby are among a growing number of figures calling for the roll-out to be halted.
Labour had planned on pausing the scheme’s expansion if it gets into government, but Mr McDonnell said the party would now scrap it.
Touted as the most radical reform to welfare since the Second World War, universal credit combines six means-tested benefits and tax credits into one payment.
It is also designed to encourage people to take up work by ensuring they will always be better off having a job.
World ‘sleepwalking’ towards another financial crisis, Gordon Brown warns
However, critics have warned that in areas where the system has already been introduced there has been an increase in food bank use.
Food bank charity the Trussell Trust said it had received reports people had not been able to access the help they require.
The poll tax riots in March 1990 erupted after a peaceful march by 70,000 protesters in London broke down into violent disorder, leading to 400 arrests and more than 100 injuries.
Opposition to the Community Charge, dubbed the poll tax and later revised into council tax, contributed to the downfall of Margaret Thatcher, who resigned as prime minister later that year.

Similar Recent Posts by this Author:

Share this post

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email