Danielle Johnson, a dinner lady from Keighley, West Yorkshire, and three other single mums in waged work, have won their legal challenge against Universal Credit (UC) fluctuating payments. A court hearing about what redress and compensation they will receive, is expected in February.
Families, especially mothers in waged work, who rely on UC to top up low earnings, suffer terribly from UC: from the waiting time for first payment, fluctuating payments, the assumed earnings “minimum income floor” for self-employed people, sanctions for working “only part-time”, and other problems.
The mums and their children were hit, as the mums’ monthly wages and Universal Credit claim months didn’t match. So they might get two salary payments each end of the month, and not qualify for any UC, driving them into debt and “having to choose between paying their rent or paying their childcare costs”, and not being able to…
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