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.

Mark Butcher, a homeless campaigner, said advance loans of up to 1,200 being paid into an addict or vulnerable person's account could lead to homelessness. "Im afraid it will not be spent paying the landlord," he said.

9. Campaigner fears impact of giving vulnerable people huge advance payments

Mark Butcher, a homeless campaigner, said advance loans of up to 1,200 being paid into an addict or vulnerable person's account could lead to homelessness. "Im afraid it will not be spent paying the landlord," he said.
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A heavily pregnant woman, 21, said she was forced to rely on her ex-boyfriend after she was told she didn't qualify for help - despite working part-time and studying at university.

10. Young mum is still relying on her ex to get by

A heavily pregnant woman, 21, said she was forced to rely on her ex-boyfriend after she was told she didn't qualify for help - despite working part-time and studying at university.
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Elle Wilson, 18, and Johnathan Downie, 19, feared losing their home after falling into thousands of pounds of debt. They were given cash they were owed by the DWP after JPIMedia raised their case.

11. Pair get cash back from DWP after wrongly being left short

Elle Wilson, 18, and Johnathan Downie, 19, feared losing their home after falling into thousands of pounds of debt. They were given cash they were owed by the DWP after JPIMedia raised their case.
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Samantha Willis, 38, said she ended up owing hundreds in unpaid rent after being moved onto Universal Credit when she was penalised for taking her children on their first holiday.

12. Mum was penalised for taking children on their first holiday

Samantha Willis, 38, said she ended up owing hundreds in unpaid rent after being moved onto Universal Credit when she was penalised for taking her children on their first holiday.
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