Pause the roll out of 'universal credit' for all regions of the UK
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Universal Credit has been proven to be unfair and creates poverty and stress for many thousands of people. Waiting times for payments are too long (minimum of 6 weeks) with over 20% waiting more than 6 weeks for first payment.
On Wednesday 18th October 2017 The Labour Party motioned in the House of Commons to pause the roll out of Universal Credit while the many issues are fixed. The motion was passed 299 for and 0 against. The government, so far, have not responded to the will of parliament.
Universal Credit should be paused for all regions of the UK, however, Universal Credit for Northern Ireland was enacted by the "Welfare Reforms Northern Ireland Act 2015" and is controlled by The Department for Communities not the DWP as for England and Wales. Furthermore, Northern Ireland, currently, does not have a working executive or parliament due to the ongoing power sharing deadlock between DUP and Sinn Fein. So there is no mechanism for Universal Credit to be automatically paused, in Northern Ireland, inline with the DWP if this government finally decides to act on the will of parliament.
Therefore the Department for Communities (DfC) needs to act now and pause the Universal Credit roll out and allow these many issues to be put right before many more people of Northern Ireland suffer.
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