The DWP’s ‘poisonous’ laundry just got a very public airing

Esther McVey the DWP logo and a toxic sign
Steve Topple

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) ‘poisonous’ policies just got a very public dressing down. And hopefully, Esther McVey was watching.

The DWP: ‘poison’

Campaign group BENEFITS NEWS ran a Twitterstorm at 7pm on Wednesday 10 October. It centred around the DWP’s scandal-hit Universal Credit. As the group told The Canary, it chose #ToryPoison because:

The term ‘poison’ stems from ex Tory aide Claire Foges saying Universal Credit must be halted before it becomes ‘poison’. She said the ‘lefties have a point’.

Universal Credit has been toxic since the start…

[It] needs to go.

And it seemed many people agreed with BENEFITS NEWS. Because people took to Twitter to vent their anger at the DWP:

But people didn’t just focus on the DWP:

Ahem:

A toxic benefit

Universal Credit replaces six old benefits (known as “legacy benefits“) with one payment. Currently, in what’s known as “live service”, Universal Credit has been rolled out in certain areas for new claims. Soon, the DWP will move everyone onto “full service“, including those on legacy benefits. This process is due to start in 2019.

But as The Canary has reported, it’s been mired in scandal. Just last week, there was a damning report by food-bank network the Trussell Trust. It pinned the blame on rising food-bank use to Universal Credit. Also, both Unite the Union and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have said Labour must pledge to scrap it. And it appears the party is listening. Because shadow chancellor John McDonnell hinted during a Sky News interview that scrapping it may become policy.

Judging by the feeling on Twitter, it seems many people think the Tories’ Universal Credit is indeed poison. And who knows? If the public keeps up enough pressure, maybe they’ll dump the toxic benefit.

Get Involved!

Follow BENEFITS NEWS on Twitter and support the website Universal Credit Sufferer.

Featured image via Channel 4 News – YouTube, UK government – Wikimedia and Clker-Free-Vector-Images – Pixabay

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