Rudd pledge will not end UC hell; YOUR VOICE.
Byline: Edited by FIONA PARKER
SOME women hit by the Universal Credit rollout have been have been forced to sell sex in order to survive.
This appalling situation emerged from charities' reports for a Commons Work and Pensions Committee inquiry.
It has been caused by problems such as the minimum wait of five weeks for payment, debt as a result of taking out an advance payment at the start of a claim, and the benefit sanctions system.
Amber Rudd's pledge to reduce sanctions from three years to six months (Mirror, May 10) will do little to alleviate such hardship. Universal Credit needs to be scrapped and replaced by the right to decent benefits, education, training, or a job, without compulsion.
John Smithee, Wisbech, Cambs
Amber Rudd has said she will ban UC sanctions longer than six months for people who don't comply with DWP requirements.
This just proves what's already common knowledge, namely that this Conservative Government do not care about harming ordinary people until it causes them lost votes. Maybe other Tory secretaries of state should look to each of their own policies and realise how incompetent they are - Chris Grayling being a good example.
Hugh Dobson, Rotherham
Universal Credit has been a disaster. Far from helping people into work it has pushed some desperate women onto the streets. The punitive Tory sanctions are medieval and an affront to human dignity. The oppressed can get help from Citizens Advice Bureau and charities, but this doesn't provide an urgent remedy to alleviate immediate impact which can be life threatening.
Universal Credit needs to be scrapped immediately.
Bill Cook, Teignmouth, Devon
Tory welfare chief Amber Rudd has announced there's a new compassionate Conservatism in town. She's having a laugh if she thinks reducing benefit sanctions from three years to six months is compassionate.
A first minor offence earns a jobseeker a fourweek sanction which is about PS300. This is pointlessly cruel.
Stephen Dixon Redcar, North Yorks
This Tory Government has decided people claiming benefits are guilty until proven innocent - or worse, dead. They take little to no notice of what health professionals say and use unqualified people to judge on matters they know nothing about. With any luck we will be able to get rid of this cruel Government soon.
Frank Keys Wilbarston, Northants
The only reason the Tories have made this U-turn is because they lost badly at the local elections. A Labour Government would scrap all these pointless and cruel sanctions. We need a General Election now.
Alison Fisher, Sheffield
Cruel benefit sanctions punish the poor for simply being poor. Get rid of them altogether, along with this failed Government.
G Taylor, Leeds
THE BIG ISSUE
Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd is to end benefit-cutting Universal Credit sanctions of longer than six months after admitting they damaged the Tory Party's image. You say