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#UniversalCreditUncovered Week 3: this is what the DWP’s ad campaign says people should do while waiting for #UniversalCredit. But an advance is a loan that has to be repaid. It’s not the solution to the wait - in fact, repaying it can push people further into hardship. 1/5
We're working with debt charity @StepChange as part of the #5WeeksTooLong campaign so this week we’ve joined forces to highlight why so many people are forced into needless #debt because of the 5-week wait. Read our new joint briefing here: 2/5 trusselltrust.org/wp-content/upl…
Why is repaying an advance a problem? People’s ability to afford repayments isn’t taken into account; even small deductions have a big impact when people are living on a knife edge; & people can be hit by multiple repayments. This can push people further into #poverty. 3/5
This isn’t a side issue - a quarter of all people receiving Universal Credit have had their payments cut 20% by the govt to repay a debt, including advances. This isn’t right. Repaying advances can prolong #debt and financial insecurity for people in a crisis. 4/5
We need solutions that deal with the root problem: the wait for #UniversalCredit is #5WeeksTooLong. MPs are debating this today & you can help make a difference. Email your MP to let them know why it’s important to speak up. We know #ThisCanChange. 5/5 > action.trusselltrust.org/can-change-ema…
‘Imposing deductions on income that was already the bare minimum made me feel desperate & less than human.’ Advances aren’t a solution to the 5-wk wait on #UniversalCredit. As @StepChange writes, advances can result in ppl facing long-term hardship & #debt trusselltrust.org/2019/06/05/im-…
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