Jane Dodds

Our benefits system is broken

By Callum James Littlemore, Oct 22, 2019 12:10

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Local Liberal Democrat MP Jane Dodds is reiterating her call for the UK Government to end the five-week waiting period for Universal Credit, after yet another food bank opens in the Constituency.

Recently the Trussell Trust announced a new foodbank would be opening in Builth Wells, with Builth Wells Community Support becoming a satellite branch of the Llandrindod Foodbank.

In Brecon And Radnorshire, between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019, 1547 three-day emergency food supplies were given to local people in crisis, with 385 of these going to children.

Across the UK, food banks in The Trussell Trust network distributed 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies to help people in crisis, a record rise of 18.8% on the previous year. Of these, 577,618 went to children and on average people needed two food bank referrals in the last year.

Jane Dodds, Welsh Liberal Democrat MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:

our benefits system is broken and simply isn't working

“This week we've seen another foodbank opening in our area. While they provide invaluable support for some of the most vulnerable in our communities, they simply shouldn’t need to exist at all.

“The fact that demand for them is at record levels, and is continuing to rise, proves that our benefits system is broken and simply isn’t working for far too many people.

I'm urging the UK Government to scrap the unfair five-week waiting period

“A new claimant of Universal Credit has to wait five weeks before they receive a single penny. This leaves many people unable to put food on their table and forced to rely on foodbanks.

“Despite this, the Conservative Government is continuing to plough ahead with Universal Credit and is failing to address the fundamental flaws in the system.

"That’s why I’m urging the UK Government to scrap the unfair five-week waiting period and commit to a fundamental independent review of Universal Credit, so we can restore some dignity to our benefits system.”

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