Citizens Advice Scotland has responded to the news that 1.8 million claims have been made for Universal Credit across the UK during the covid-19 outbreak.
CAS Social Justice spokesperson Mhoraig Green says,
“These figures show that covid-19 is not just a health crisis, but for many households it is a financial crisis as well.
“The UK and Scottish governments have both taken welcome steps to support people financially through this crisis, but more action is needed to make sure that the system is getting support to everyone who needs it fast enough. We would like to see a non-repayable payment within Universal Credit to ease the five week wait and an increase in legacy benefits to make sure groups of people don’t miss out from the recently announced increase in payment levels.
“The Citizens Advice Network in Scotland is open to help people through this crisis. We would encourage anyone who is struggling financially to get in touch so that we can help make sure you are receiving all of the support that is available to you.”