The Foyle MLA was commenting after the British Government confirmed that the next stage of rolling out the controversial welfare benefit is to be scaled back after it was beset with a string of problems.
“This latest move by the British Government is further evidence that Universal Credit is simply not fit for purpose,” Karen Mullan commented.
“It was supposedly designed to simplify the benefits system but the roll-out so far has clearly shown that it is riddled with faults, complications and delays.
“And while the mitigation measures secured for the North have gone some way to alleviating the worst aspects of Universal Credit, the fact remains that people are suffering hardship and poverty as a result of this disastrous policy.
“Despite this, the British Government is still insisting that all claimants will be on Universal Credit by 2023.
“They need to start listening and stop ignoring the evidence on the ground that Universal Credit has been a disaster. Stalling it won’t fix it. Delaying it won’t bring people out of poverty. It needs to be scrapp