Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has responded to the news that some Universal Credit claimants are having substantial deductions made to their payments in order to pay off debts.
Figures obtained by Labour MP Ruth George say that in January 6% of Universal Credit full service claims in the UK had 40% deducted from their standard allowance.
CAS Policy Manager Keith Dryburgh says,
“Local CABs across Scotland are reporting cases of Universal Credit claimants who are struggling to make ends meet after direct deductions were made to their payments.
“Such cuts can have a significant impact on families who were already on low incomes. We would urge anyone in this position to contact their local CAB for free, impartial and confidential advice.”