‘Crisis in the making’

Thursday, 21 September 2017

‘Crisis in the making’ thumbnailJobs and Benefits office, John Street Ballymoney.

'SHOCK' has been expressed by a local trade union member at the lack of information in working class communities about the new Universal Credit, coming to Ballymoney in less than two months time.
Universal Credit (UC), implemented by Department For Communities (DFC) is the fully digital service that will replace six existing benefits on November 15.
Mr Jim Wright of the North Antrim Community Branch of UNITE has claimed there could be a "crisis in the making," with people left struggling with complex on-line applications, delayed payments and a controversial "sanctions" system, in the run up to Christmas.
He said: "People are going to be taken by surprise and could be facing some very serious issues. Some of the rules are Dickensian, we could be back to the days of poor houses."
“The basic rate for a person under 25 is £251,77 a month and £317.82 for over 25s, how can you live off that?"
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