The misery, despair and pain of universal credit | Letters
Readers offer their views on – and personal first-hand testimony of – the government’s troubled benefits system
Ray Taylor (Need to sign on? You’ll have to walk 24 miles to the jobcentre, 7 January) is just one of many victims of universal credit (UC). Recently there has been a lot of talk and discussion of the problems with the roll-out of UC. However, the basic problem is not about the way the roll-out has been mishandled but about the underlying values and the ethos shaping the design of UC.
As Professor Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said in his November report on poverty in UK, “In the area of poverty-related policy, the evidence points to the conclusion that the driving force has not been economic but rather a commitment to achieving radical social re-engineering … to pursue a single-minded … focus on getting people into employment at all costs … and wanting to make clear that being on benefits should involve hardship”.
Source: Guardian Transport