Restoring Faith in the Safety Net

Holes in our benefits safety net are leaving hundreds of thousands of people at risk of hunger and destitution. Speak up to restore faith in the safety net!

In a world of growing insecurity, a compassionate society is one which provides a bedrock of social security: the security of knowing that becoming sick, disabled or unemployed, or suffering a financial shock or crisis (be it a bereavement or a broken cooker), will not leave anyone penniless,hungry or at risk of destitution.

Bishop Tim Thornton quoteBut in the UK today, undue benefit delays, errors, or excessive sanctions are leaving large numbers of people without income for days, weeks or even months at a time. Too many people, including children, are being left at risk of hunger or destitution as a result.

Hundreds of our supporters emailed their MPs to call for action to reinstate the safety net principle. We're delighted that the Work and Pensions Select Committee held an inquiry into "the timeliness and accuracy of benefit delivery"which confirmed much of what we said in our report. The Committee's report, published in December 2015, stated that “delays to benefit payments risk exposing people to hunger and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) must redouble its efforts to remedy benefits delays and mistakes, including setting a new target for reducing underpayments.”

We are still awaiting the DWP’s formal response, but will continue to campaign for action by Government to restore faith in the safety net.

Many thanks to all the supporters who emailed their MPs about this!

  • inquiry

    Learn about the action being taken by MPs

  • read

    See our full report on the holes in the safety net

  • watch

    See video stories about the impact of the holes in the safety net

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