The highlights, again:
Universal Credit; “Unworkable” – “Disaster” – “Social Meltdown”
The coalition’s welfare reforms have been heavily criticised by 17 charities and non-profit organisations in a report to Birmingham City Council. The report says that the reforms make child poverty targets “unachievable” and the Chief Executive of Birmingham CAB has warned of “social meltdown” following the reforms. The Castle Vale Tenants Alliance say
The cumulative effect of these changes on the citizens of Birmingham, at this point, is only speculative. It is fair to envisage however that the reforms will have a largely detrimental effect upon thousands of individuals and families who will suffer as a result of the cuts.
Logic says that the reductions will lead to an increase in crime and there may also be a potential increase in people who become dependent on alcohol or illegal substances. There may be an increase in family breakdown, poverty, ill health, domestic violence and even a potential rise in…
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