Universal Credit claimant slams DWP's new working rules: 'Will only make people poorer'


She said: “The change has been highlighted to me, yes and I have read it in my Universal Credit journal and it told me that I had to keep my commitments and I must take on any paid work that I could and any job that was offered to me. 

“If I don’t, it said I could have my payments reduced for six months. I feel stressed, I feel anxious, and I feel absolutely demoralised because I don’t know how I’m going to do this.” 

Jaqueline believes that over the next year, she may be put in a position where she may need to stop claiming Universal Credit and support her and her son on the £432 she makes with her part-time job even though it will cause her to be financially much worse off. 

She also believes many more may feel driven to this point and people will risk putting themselves in even an even more vulnerable positions. 

She said: “I feel like we’re going to see a lot of mental health problems come from this. People will get up in the morning with a feeling of dread and the first thing they see is from Universal Credit, you can’t get away from it, It’s relentless and people won’t be able to take it anymore. 

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