Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has caused outrage by suggesting that women on Universal Credit who’ve been driven to prostitution should get a job. Ms McVey was responding to a point raised by the Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, Frank Field MP.
The former Labour MP who is currently sitting as an Independent, shared a shocking consequence of Universal Credit in his constituency.
Mr Field said: “Might I raise the question I wrote to the Secretary of State about about how UC is being rolled out in Birkenhead?
“Some women have taken to the red light district for the first time. Might she come to Birkenhead and meet those women’s’ organisations and the police who are worried about women’s security, being pushed into this position?”
Her response rocked even the hardcore supporters of the under fire benefit. Without even a second thought she rose to reply saying;
“The right honourable member knows my door is always open to him, and I did receive a letter on Friday, but really we need to work with those ladies and see what help we can give them from the work coaches right the way through to the various charities and organisations.”
What came next provoked gasps and looks of disgust from MPs across the Commons chamber. McVey sickenly added;
“In the meantime – and I add that perhaps he could tell these ladies, and the work coaches can, that now we’ve got record job vacancies. 830,000 job vacancies, and perhaps there are other jobs on offer.”
Proof McVey will do anything to defend Universal Credit
Every week just when you think Esther McVey cannot go any lower she does.
She lied to Parliament and got away with it. Even being blasted by the head of the National Audit Office (NAO) for lying.
Just last week she tried to brush over the fact that families will be £200 a month worse off when they are moved to Universal Credit.
Her go to defence is always; “since 2010, 1000 people per day have gained employment because of our policies.” Usually followed by the misleading statement about how unemployment is at a record low.
By lecturing women so desperate they feel forced into the sex trade, McVey has shown what many already believed; she has absolutely no morals.
More consequences of a failed reform
Field’s revelation that women are so desperate because of the Tories flagship reform is just another thing to add to the list of growing evidence that Universal Credit isn’t only not working, it has failed.
We had reports of foodbank use rising by 52% in Universal Credit areas, a report to the Work and Pensions Committee found that the benefit is trapping claimants in abusive relationships due to the one payment system.
As I have frequently tried to report, Victims of Domestic Abuse are required to show evidence from a professional that they have been abused. That’s not the worst part of what I call the “abuse clause.”
Victims of Domestic Abuse or Violence are only entitled to help from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) once per 12 months.
For example; If a claimant had DWP assistance in January 2018, such as split payments or a 13 week job search pause, they will not be allowed help again until January 2019. A known fact is that victims often return to their abusers as it takes them more than one attempt to leave for good.
This policy risks trapping the victim in a dangerous situation.
Mind you the entire Universal Credit system is a dangerous situation.
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