Jane Dodds MS

Our benefits system is broken

By Digital Directorate, Nov 13, 2019 3:11

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Jane Dodds has called the UK Benefits system "broken" and is calling for urgent changes to be made to the way the system operates.

The Trussell Trust, which runs roughly two-thirds of the foodbanks across the UK, has recently published a new report which shows that more people than ever are being forced to rely on foodbanks - with the previous 6 months being their busiest on record.

During the last 6 months, 823,145 emergency food parcels were given to people in crisis in the UK, with more than a third of these (301,653) going to children.

This represents a 23% increase on the same period in 2018, the sharpest rate of increase the charity has seen for the past five years, and the charity has said the main reasons for people needing emergency food is the five-week wait for their first Universal Credit payment.

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Jane Dodds said:

“Our benefits system is broken, plain and simple. It's unacceptable that we have thousands of families, including thousands of children, forced to rely upon the support of foodbanks simply to have food on their table.

"We should be supporting the most vulnerable people in our society, giving them a helping hand when times are tough. Instead, we've got a system which favours sanctions and penalties over compassion and reason.

"Things need to change. We need to scrap the 5 week waiting period of Universal Credit payments, to do away with the archaic and heavy-handed system of sanctions and ensure we offer a genuine safety net, one which ensures no one in work needs to rely on foodbanks simply to get by."

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