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.

Work and Pensions Select Committee holds first hearing on links between welfare reforms and “survival sex”

“What do people with no financial resilience at all, not a penny in the bank, do while they’re waiting for 5 weeks…?”  Heidi Allen, MP heard distressing answers to her own question on Wednesday 22 May 2019, when the Work and Pensions Select Committee held their first hearing on the link between Universal Credit and …

Benefit freeze to “increase poverty more than any other policy” – Heidi Allen and the Work and Pensions Select Committee launch inquiry

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Heidi Allen and the Work and Pensions select committee have launched an inquiry into the affect the of the benefit freeze on the most vulnerable in society. The committee have gathered evidence that shows ending the benefits freeze a year early would lift 200,000 people out of poverty. Since 2010, households have seen significant cuts …