Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to the Chancellor’s announcement of reforms to Universal Credit.
CAS Chair Rory Mair CBE says,
“We welcome today’s announcement that the Government is to reform Universal Credit by reducing the waiting period and making a number of other changes.
“Taken together, these measures will make a real difference to those claimants who are currently experiencing hardship. This shows that the Government is listening to the concerns raised by the Citizens Advice network and others, and is willing to respond constructively.
“We would urge that the changes be introduced as quickly as possible however, so that claimants do not have to go for long periods of time without income. There are also other problems with Universal Credit which we believe still need to be addressed, and we will continue to press for these changes.
“But for today, we welcome these significant changes and we urge the government to implement them as swiftly as possible.”