Government urged to stop Universal Credit rollout

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The IPSE has called on the government to urgently halt the Universal Credit rollout and address its flaws before it causes any more damage.

With Universal Credit (UC) already causing a negative impact, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) are advising government to stop the rollout.

IPSE’s Policy and External Affairs Officer, Imogen Farhan, commented, “Nowhere is Universal Credit’s damaging impact felt more clearly than on the self-employed. The self-employed lose out due to monthly reporting because it does not take into account of the fact the income of the self-employed varies hugely from month to month.

“This means a self-employed person can end up £3,000 worse off each year under UC compared with an employee earning the same amount. That is a significant amount of money.

“Why, for example, should a farmer who sells or produce crops only at a particular time of year, be penalised? The Government must address the problem of monthly reporting by considering self-employed earnings over a more reflective annual basis.

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“The latest criticisms come just three months after a particularly disparaging report by the National Audit Office (NAO) which clearly highlighted the ballooning costs of the scheme, as well as the “difficulties and hardship” individuals are experiencing as UC is rolled out.

“The growing warnings of not just the NAO but the many other independent bodies must be heeded. The reforms damage entrepreneurship and cost self-employed people thousands of pounds a year. The Government cannot bury its head in the sand about Universal Credit’s failures any longer. It must urgently rectify the problems rather than pretending they do not exist.”

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