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Universal credit: Losing out

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The Charity Gingerbread has warned that single parents, particularly those who are working, are losing out under Universal Credit. The charity says that single parents will be £1,300 per year worse off by 2020 on Universal Credit than on the old benefits system.

Citizens Advice has warned that continuing payment delays which leave a fifth of people not receiving their full entitlement on time, and a tenth not receiving any money on time, are putting people “at risk of falling behind on bills and getting into debt – a heavy price to pay for a system not working properly.” 

Meanwhile, StepChange Debt Charity has said that a fifth of people seeking help from them are struggling with additional vulnerabilities such as illness or bereavement.