Petition: Stop the Five Week Wait

Iain Duncan SmithChanges under Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit scheme will mean that anyone who loses their job will have to wait least five weeks before they receive any financial help from the state.

This is a huge increase from the current two weeks, and undermines the safety net that people rely on to provide a little stability as they get back into work. With savings eroded by the long wage squeeze and rising food and energy prices, it could spell real hardship for anyone unlucky enough to become unemployed, and will drive more families into debt and poverty.

We believe the safety net should be there to help people at their time of need. Please sign our petition to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, calling on him to stop this cruel and cynical new hurdle for vulnerable people.

To: Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

We call on you to drop the “five week wait” before most people who lose their jobs will receive their first benefit payment under Universal Credit. We believe that the newly unemployed need the strong safety net that unemployment benefits provide to help them look for a new job, and that a five week wait will put more demand on food banks and lead to more people relying on payday loan companies.