Show of support

The five-week wait is opposed by many charities and other organisations working with people who will be harmed if they have to survive for so long without safety net protection. In the messages of support below you can find out more about who backs the call to scrap the five-week wait and why.

Child Poverty Action Group“There’s lots of families these days on low pay and with little job security. They’ve no savings to tide them over if their work comes to an end or they are hit by a crisis like a serious illness. When you’ve children to feed and clothe, you simply cannot go for weeks without any income before you get any help from benefits you are due. More families will be forced to rely on food banks, or even more worrying they may get into debts that spiral out of control. We need the government to look again at this unfair welfare reform.”
Child Poverty Action Group

“We hear from many people already concerned about changes and delays to their benefits payments, which are leaving them anxious, frustrated and struggling to make ends meet. People need support as soon as they are experiencing mental health problems, so the reported five-week wait to access Universal Credit is very concerning. We agree with the TUC that this is an issue that needs to be urgently addressed.”

National Association of Welfare Rights Workers“The National Association of Welfare Rights Workers (NAWRA) fully supports the campaign against the five-week wait. With Universal Credit, the opportunity has been missed to create a system which recognises that low paid and vulnerable workers require secure, reliable  and rapid support from  a compassionate system of welfare provision. In our experience, barriers to providing benefit income quickly and efficiently show how the present administration fails to understand that  many workers and employees have little or no savings, often caused by low paid insecure employment. The loss of the Social Fund in England means that Crisis Grants are no longer be available, and the expected end of funding to local welfare assistance schemes will mean placing greater demands on the existing charitable provision of food banks. NAWRA considers that workers should be able to rely on Social Security provision funded through their tax and national insurance payments made while working.”
National Association of Welfare Rights Workers
National AIDS Trust“National AIDS Trust opposes the five-week wait.  People living with HIV are disproportionately affected by poverty, which is a cause and a consequence of ill health.  Already people living with HIV who need to claim out-of-work benefits due to poor health struggle to meet their essential needs. For the first time, HIV clinicians are reporting prescribing food supplements to patients who cannot afford the balanced diet they need to ensure their treatment is effective.  As HIV remains a stigmatised condition, some people living with HIV experience rejection by partners, families and friends, and so are unable to rely on traditional support networks for help during times of financial trouble and homelessness.”
National AIDS Trust
National Deaf Children's Society “The National Deaf Children’s Society is extremely concerned about the impact on deaf children and young people of proposals to extend waiting times for benefits.  Deaf children and young people are already among the most vulnerable people in society.  A five or six week wait for means-tested benefits will mean that disability benefits are likely to have to be used to plug the income gap, and so not be available for the extra support children need.  The stress caused by such a long wait will add to the damage done to the life chances of children.  Deaf children, in particular, are already far more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population, and also regularly fall behind with learning due to insufficient support being available.  The proposals for a five to six wait for means-tested benefits would increase the pressure on families with knock-on effects including reduction in support paid for by disability benefits and damage to family life.”
National Deaf Children’s Society
Women's Aid“Women and children fleeing domestic violence need are often in fear of their lives and their priority is to find a safe and secure environment free from the perpetrator. In order to enable them to begin to cope and rebuild their lives after escaping domestic violence it is vital that they are able to access the support they need in a timely way. That is why we support the TUC’s new campaign.”
Women’s Aid


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