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If May wants a real legacy, she sould stop the universal credit fiasco

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Women having to turn to sex work to survive. People thrown into crippling, spiralling debt. People forced to the doors of food banks to put food on the table for their children.

These are some of the consequences when people with zero financial resilience and no family network to help, are left waiting five weeks for their first universal credit payment.

As a country, we find ourselves facing an unpalatable truth. It’s a truth I have spoken out about time and time again in parliament, and it’s a truth that now even government ministers cannot ignore. Universal credit is not lifting up the most vulnerable people in crisis. Instead, it’s pushing them further into poverty, hardship and destitution.

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In 2019 Britain, survival sex happens. Let that sink in. Some women are forced to choose between selling themselves or having nothing to feed their families, because the structure of the Department for Work and Pensions’ new benefits system means they won’t get paid for at least five weeks.

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