SAMH has published a report examining the experience of people with mental health problems in Scotland when dealing with the Universal Credit system, and make recommendations for change. The byline of the report gives a wee taste of their recommendations: “It was a confusion”.
The report sets out how the aims of Universal Credit have been undermined through its structure and delivery. Far from simplifying the welfare system and supporting people into work, for people with mental health problems Universal Credit has created new barriers and added to people’s distress. Our recommendations aim to positively change policy at a governmental level, as well as practice at delivery level in JobCentre Plus.
This fascinating and wide ranging report can be accessed in full here.