Date lodged: 20 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what the impact of universal credit has been in North Ayrshire.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 27 June 2018
Universal Credit Full Service was introduced in North Ayrshire in November 2017. Since then North Ayrshire Council has reported that they have seen rent arrears increase by 19.5%.
There has also been an increase in people applying as homeless and in use of food banks, both of which the council attribute to benefit reductions and delays.
We continue to hear evidence of the damaging impacts of Universal Credit and wrote again last week to the UK Government urging them to pause the roll out until the problems with Universal Credit are fixed. This call continues to go unanswered.