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Lib Dems: UC needs investment, not just reform

January 11, 2019 5:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has warned the Conservatives must commit to "major investment" to remedy the problems with Universal Credit. Ms Jardine said:

"The Conservative's botched roll-out of Universal Credit continues to cause real pain and misery that must be stopped. Liberal Democrats demand better than the Conservatives' cruel policy of balancing the books on the backs of the poor.

"Instead of putting the most vulnerable in society through another 12 months of misery, Rudd should end the benefits freeze immediately and fully restore the billions the Tories' cut from Universal Credit's Work Allowance. That is the major investment we need. Failure to do so will see this crisis go on and on.

"Meantime, Liberal Democrats know child benefit can make the difference between families with young children making ends meet or not. Rudd simply has not gone far enough. Nothing short of fully reversing the two-child cap on child benefit will be acceptable."