Anti-poverty charity Z2K invites you to the launch of its new report ‘Blunt, bureaucratic and broken: how Universal Credit is failing people in vulnerable situations’.
This webinar will take place between 10.30am and 12.00pm on the 3rd of December 2020.
This event, chaired by Z2K CEO Anela Anwar, will consist of a series of presentations from the following speakers, and a Q&A:
• Carl, a Z2K client who has been on Universal Credit since November 2017 because of a physical impairment that left him unable to continue work due to chronic pain and fatigue.
• Lee (pseudonym), a Z2K client who was incorrectly advised to apply for Universal Credit despite having a Severe Disability Premium, and who after six months on Universal Credit, was put back on Employment and Support Allowance.
• Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham and Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee.
• Becca Stacey, Policy and Campaigns Officer at Z2K and author of this report.
This event will share and discuss the findings from this report – which draws on Z2K casework and client engagement undertaken both before, and during, the Covid-19 pandemic. This report reveals the devastating impact Universal Credit is having on those living in the most vulnerable situations, and the financial loss and harm many of the 2 million people currently on legacy benefits face if unwittingly moved onto Universal Credit as a result of natural migration.
The report puts forward recommendations, grounded in the experience of people receiving Universal Credit, that if implemented would form part of the fundamental reform needed to ensure Universal Credit better supports people in more complex and vulnerable situations, and provides everyone with the means to live a stable and dignified life.
A copy of the report will be circulated ahead of the event.
British sign language interpretation will be provided, and this event will have live subtitles.