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Gauke's premium rate climbdown cold comfort

October 18, 2017 9:38 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Stephen Lloyd, the Department of Work and Pensions spokesperson, said of the announcement by the Prime Minister today, that claimants would no longer have to pay 55p minute when phoning the Universal Credit Hotline said

"I welcome the government's change of heart, but it is no compensation to the those on the breadline who have already been fleeced. Given the mess of Universal Credit, this is likely to become the hotest hotline in Britain.

"To even think about charging our most vulnerable citizens before they received their benefit shows just how out of touch the Conservatives are over Universal Credit.

"To prevent the car crash which is clearly heading our way over their whole UC project I urge, yet again, the government to pause the programme before it is too late and tens if not hundreds of thousands of our most vulnerable are broken on the ideological wheel of a deeply flawed and cruel new benefits initiative."