Families have told of their experiences on Universal Credit

Universal Credit in Crisis: These people want you to hear their stories of life on the problem benefit before it is rolled-out even further

Universal Credit is still pushing tens of thousands of people into destitution just weeks before its roll-out continues.

Families have told how they spiralled into debt after being shifted onto Universal Credit while, across the UK, information uncovered by JPIMedia Investigations reveals how more and more people are being forced into financial turmoil. Read their full stories, and the DWP's response, here, here and here.

Garry Byrne was told to get around a bug in the system by lying about his income. The recorded call led to an investigation.

5. Businessman told to falsely put income as zero

Garry Byrne was told to get around a bug in the system by lying about his income. The recorded call led to an investigation.
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Kayleigh Richardson, 27, said she felt she would be better off quitting her part-time job in a care home because of the deductions in her benefits as a result of her earnings.

6. Mum would've been better off quitting her job

Kayleigh Richardson, 27, said she felt she would be better off quitting her part-time job in a care home because of the deductions in her benefits as a result of her earnings.
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Mark Sorensen, 28, a self-employed furniture designer, could only afford to eat one meal a day after the DWP imposed an earnings target on him

7. Self-employed furniture maker felt 'dehumanised' by earnings target

Mark Sorensen, 28, a self-employed furniture designer, could only afford to eat one meal a day after the DWP imposed an earnings target on him
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The Kensington Foundation, which aims to promote the relief of homelessness, poverty, deprivation, and distress, said it has seen an increase in hardship since Universal Credit was brought in.

8. Charity has seen the impact of changes on the vulnerable

The Kensington Foundation, which aims to promote the relief of homelessness, poverty, deprivation, and distress, said it has seen an increase in hardship since Universal Credit was brought in.
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