Yardley MP Jess Phillips attended an event to show her support for the upcoming Universal Credit Bill.
Jess supports the Universal Credit Bill’s aim to make split payments the ‘default’ for Universal Credit claims due to concerns that Universal Credit is likely to exacerbate financial abuse – as the monthly payment, made in arrears, will be paid to one person in the household.
These concerns were reinforced by a recent survey of survivors by Women’s Aid and the TUC that found that almost 85% of women in abusive relationships feel that requesting a split payment would trigger even greater abuse.
Jess Phillips MP said:
"I believe that given survivor’s experiences of financial abuse, Universal Credit will increase a perpetrator’s ability to further control and abuse."
"The Scottish Government are already currently exploring how split payments can be made the default, and I believe it is vital that the UK Government do the same!"