Anxiety and hunger: We show the reality of Universal Credit in Yorkshire

collage2We’ve been helping to show why Universal Credit needs to be fixed.

Readers of The Yorkshire Post have been learning in recent days about the crises caused by Universal Credit.

Church Action on Poverty contributed to a special report, which saw articles published in every edition from  22 to 29 September.

We worked with people who had personal experience of Universal Credit, to show what was going wrong and how Universal Credit can and must be fixed.

In Yorkshire (as elsewhere), delays, errors and inflexibility have meant many people moving on to Universal Credit have been cut adrift and swept into debt, destitution and hunger. Fixing Universal Credit, such as by creating greater flexibility and support for applicants, could help people to stay afloat. In the longer term, society and the UK Government must ensure that Universal Credit enables people to keep their head above water and afford good food on a regular basis.

Here is a selection of articles that ran in The Yorkshire Post:

At Church Action on Poverty, we believe people with personal experience of poverty-related issues are the real experts. We should all spend more time listening intently to what they have to say.

Universal Credit can and should be fixed. Church Action on Poverty is part of the End Hunger UK campaign, which is running a petition calling for changes.

We want:

  • Action to improve the flexibility and support for people on Universal Credit.
  • Improvements to Universal Credit, to ensure it does not leave more people at risk of debt and destitution.
  • A long-term commitment to ensure Universal Credit provides people with enough income to afford good food on a regular basis

Have you signed the petition yet? If not, please do so and encourage your friends, colleagues, family and neighbours to do likewise. You can sign it online – and download paper sheets to collect more signatures – here.

The work with The Yorkshire Post was handled by our media unit coordinator, Gavin Aitchison, a former newspaper reporter. He says: “It can take courage to tell your story widely, especially if you’ve not worked with the media before. We are always keen to work with reputable journalists and media outlets such as The Yorkshire Post, where there is a genuine interest in exploring the issue fully, and where people’s stories can reach the audience they deserve.”

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2 thoughts on “Anxiety and hunger: We show the reality of Universal Credit in Yorkshire

  1. Pingback: UC doesn’t leave me enough to buy food – Voices from the Margins

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