So called hard-working people will soon be abandoned to unprecedented poverty when payments intended to cover housing costs are sanctioned for the first time under sweeping reforms to in-work benefits.
When Universal Credit is fully introduced (stop laughing) part-time workers on a low income will be expected to constantly look for more, or better paid work as a condition of receiving vital in-work benefits. Any failure on the part of claimants to prove that they carried out constant job searching in the hours they were not working will mean benefits are sanctioned.
For claimants who are unemployed the sanction system will remain largely unchanged under Universal Credit. Those without health problems who are sanctioned will lose all of their personal benefits except what is required to pay for housing costs or children. This will mean a childless claimant will have no money at all once they have paid their rent…
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