Members of the Labour Party on the Isle of Wight will be taking part in a national Universal Credit Day of Action by demonstrating in and around Newport this Saturday (2nd December).

Labour are asking the government to pause and fix Universal Credit, which is due to fully roll out on the Island in 2018/19.

Housing associations, The Trussell Trust and Citizens Advice have all expressed concerns regarding Universal Credit, because they deal with the real human suffering caused by such ‘reckless policy implementation’.

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Colleen Brannon of ther IW Labour Party Ryde Branch has said:

“We welcome reform to simplify the benefits system and make work pay, but Universal Credit as it stands represents a huge cut in the support of hard working households and vulnerable people, and has problems inherent within the system that have been shown to lead to spiraling debt, poverty and eviction”.

Members will be demonstrating and collecting donations for the Isle of Wight Food Bank in Church Litten and around Newport on Saturday 2nd December from 12:00-15:00.

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