At a recent social event, Stafford Labour Party were pleased to welcome Richard Burgon as the guest speaker. Richard gave this wonderful endorsement to the activists who are sleeping out on December the 8th in order to highlight the cruel nature of Universal Credit:
Universal Credit, the brainchild of Iain Duncan Smith, is one of several wide ranging reforms introduced by the Conservative Government as part of its Welfare Reform Act (2012). It will replace a number of key benefits, and whilst it presents an opportunity to improve the welfare system, its implementation is doing just the opposite. Stafford claimants are racking up rent arrears and even facing the prospect of eviction whilst waiting for their first Universal Credit payment.