When work doesn’t pay – MPs reveal link between zero-hours contracts and food banks

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Heidi Allen MP and Frank Field MP are presenting to Parliament a bill which seeks to offer guaranteed weekly hours to workers on zero-hours contracts. The bill, which is co-sponsored by a cross-party group of 23 MPs, is accompanied by evidence being published today by Feeding Britain, a charity set up by MPs and Peers …

The”Other Britain” Heidi Allen and Frank Field launch report on destitution in Britain

MPs Heidi Allen and Frank Field have released an interim report on destitution in Britain. The report sets out the beginnings of a reform programme, with the aim to tackle the root causes of destitution in the “Other Britain.” The report, The ‘Other Britain’ and the failure of the welfare state’, explores the findings from …

Heidi Allen MP challenges the Minister about Universal Credit during DWP questions in the House of Commons

During Department for Work and Pensions Questions in the House today, Heidi Allen again challenged the Minister to improve Universal Credit by ending the system of repayable advance payments during the five week wait and converting advance payments to grants. During the question, Heidi asked the Minister to ensure that advance payments become a non-repayable …

Heidi Allen MP “If Theresa May wants a real legacy, she should stop the Universal Credit fiasco that drives women into sex work”

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In an article published by The Independent, Heidi Allen MP urges the Prime Minister to end her Premiership as she began “fighting hard for the just about managing.” In the article, Heidi discusses the challenges people with no financial resilience face when the welfare safety net, Universal Credit, is “pushing them further into poverty, hardship …

Heidi Allen MP writes article for The Sun calling for an end to the Universal Credit five week wait

Heidi Allen MP asks The Sun Readership how they would cope “having no money in the bank”  and then being told they “won’t have any coming in for five weeks”,  unless they are willing to go further into debt. This is the stark reality thousands of Universal Credit claimants face every day due to the …

Heidi Allen MP welcomes the announcement of the breathing space scheme, but questions when Universal Credit policies pushing people further into debt will be considered

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Heidi Allen MP welcomes the government’s announcement of the breathing space scheme for people in problem debt. However, Heidi questions when the government will look at their own policies, specifically the five week wait and advance payments, which are pushing the most vulnerable further into debt.