More than half of people denied universal credit were found to be entitled to it when their cases were investigated, prompting fresh demands for the national rollout of the new system to be halted. Fresh analysis of figures shows 55 per cent of people who took the government to court over decisions to deny them financial support under the new system had their cases overturned. Campaigners warn that incorrect refusals by caseworkers are leaving vulnerable people out of pocket for months, and said the true number of wrong decisions was likely to be far higher as many claimants didn’t have the means to challenge decisions. Government data shows that in the three months from April to June, there were 988 appeals against universal credit decisions, of which 543 were successful. Overall in 2017/18, 1,522 appeals out of a total of 3,337 led to decisions being overturned. The figures will fuel concern over the government’s flagship reform, which has come under fire in recent months after it emerged people with disabilities and other vulnerabilities have been driven to severe hardship and anxiety after it docked their support. Introduced in 2013 with the intention of bringing “fairness and simplicity” to Britain’s social security system, universal credit rolls six… Read full this story
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