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Universal Credit – Supporting local people

On Friday I brought together organisations from across Leicester to discuss how we are preparing for the introduction of Universal Credit. 

With over 17,000 local people, possibly more, affected when Universal Credit is rolled out here in June, it is important we are doing all we can to support them.  The problems that have been experienced in other parts of the country have not yet been resolved, and while I am calling on the Government to halt the rollout of Universal Credit, we must also have plans in place to support people. 

Delays in payments have left families experiencing real hardships when moving to Universal Credit and some even facing the threat of eviction. 

I am grateful to all the organisations that came along to the meeting and over the coming months we will continue to work together and support the people of Leicester West.