Stephen has questioned the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work about the five week wait for Universal Credit.
Calling for an urgent review of the policy, Stephen argued that the five week wait is forcing people into debt, making them reliant on foodbanks and now providing profiteering opportunities for criminal fraudsters.
Speaking after the exchange, Stephen said: “The response from Minister Justin Tomlinson was wholly inadequate. Not only did he refuse to agree to a policy review, but he pointed Universal Credit claimants towards Advance Payments. Research shows that these Government loans push people into debt and force them to depend on foodbanks. I repeat my call to the Government to urgently review the five week wait before any more people can suffer from this catastrophic policy.”
The exchange took place as part of an Urgent Question tabled by the SNP's Neil Gray MP.