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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Jeremy Corbyn's office replies to KUWG's open letter on perils of Universal Credit

Jeremy Corbyn's office has replied on 9 May to KUWG's open letter to the Leader of the Opposition regarding the perils of Universal Credit.(1)

This is what they said:

Dear [KUWG], Thank you for contacting the Labour Party about Universal Credit. Labour’s new direction will offer a real alternative to the Tories damaging cuts to public services and lack of investment in our economy and our people. 2016 will be the start of a journey to elect a Labour government in 2020: a government that will deliver a fairer, more prosperous society that we can all enjoy - a society that works for all, not just the few. There were two major cuts to in-work support in the Summer Budget – one for tax credits and one for its replacement, Universal Credit. Only the tax credit element has been reversed. As a result, current claimants of Universal Credit face huge losses to their income come April 2016. The Government’s cuts to Universal Credit will leave over two million working families on Universal Credit £1,600 a year worse off by 2020.                                                                                                                                   New claimants of Universal Credit will receive far less support than tax credit claimants, including those who transfer across to Universal Credits. There is no rationale for unfairly reducing the support of a working family on Universal Credit compared to a family in the same circumstances on tax credits. This is a political choice by the Tories to drastically reduce support for working families. At a time when the Government is cutting inheritance tax for homes worth over a million pounds, it can’t be right to reduce support for working families. Labour opposes the Tories’ cuts to the work allowance and we are calling on the Government to reverse them in full. We really do appreciate you taking the time to share your views with us - your talents and experience make us stronger in the fight for a fairer, kinder country. We want to increase the say our members and supporters have in our policy making process, and as this develops we will keep you informed. If you’re not already, I’d encourage you to like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/LabourParty)(2) or follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/uklabour)(3) so you can stay up-to-date with breaking news. You can also get involved in the debate and find out more about how we make policy at www.yourbritain.org.uk.(4)
 Best wishes, 
Communications AgentThe Labour Party

What sort of reply is that?


  1. http://kilburnunemployed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/dear-jeremy-corbyn-please-tell-cameron-about-universal-credits-flaws.html
  2. https://www.facebook.com/labourparty/
  3. https://twitter.com/uklabour
  4. http://www.yourbritain.org.uk


  1. A typical evasive comment by a Labour Party that really does not want to get into the 'Welfare' debate. They allowed Universal Credit and a whole range of other policies to pass without any real opposition. Indeed if Milliband had been PM, his first act would have been to force the unemployed onto Labour's own workfare scheme for six months.
    Make no mistake, Labour basically believe in much of what has been done regarding welfare reform. Their own fear of being branded the 'Welfare Party' will ensure that Jeremy Corbyn will have nothing to say on any of this before the 2020 election.

  2. tax credits as mentioned in the reply tend to effect those with families, family tax credit disabled tax credit is a minefield as if a disabled person works they're suddenly declared not disabled and entitled to them

    More of labour "the party of hard working families"