Foodbank’s concerned people won’t cope on universal credit

  • Volunteers from a Greater Manchester foodbank are concerned that people won’t be able to manage monthly budgets on universal credit.  welfare bill 2.jpg

    Foodbank organisers are concerned that many clients will struggle to plan their expenditure effectively and are offering classes on how to budget, reports the Manchester Evening News.

    Michelle Welch, co-founder of the Compassion Foodbank in Moss Side, said: “We’re concerned about the impact of Universal Credit. Suddenly, people will have all of their income in one go and they’ll have to budget for the entire month. They’ll have to pay their rent themselves, pay bills and budget for food. We know that we’ll have more people coming in here. The cuts to benefits and sanctions are already leaving people without money, sometimes for months.”

    Nigel Tedford, who runs the Trussell Trust’s foodbank in Stockport, said he was concerned the new Universal Credit system could have a severe impact on people once it is rolled out to all claimants. He said: “There’s no doubt that many people can’t budget because they’ve never learned how to. It’s a big ask for people when they’ve never had to plan their expenditure before. There’s a big temptation, when they get their cash in one go, to go out and buy a new pair of trainers. We’ll have to see how it works out - and how many people it affects - when it’s rolled out in full. There’s a lot of help for people in terms of advice on budgeting, to help them get over what really is an all-mighty hurdle.”

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