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World Mental Health Day on October 10th is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.
Unite believes it should also be the catalyst for Work and Pensions secretary Esther McVey to scrap Universal Credit. This call is reinforced by reports that Esther McVey told cabinet colleagues that millions of families could lose £200 a month under UC. In January 2019, six million households will begin to be moved from tax credits onto Universal Credit.
Head of Unite Community Liane Groves says, “The government’s claim that Universal Credit will make things better for claimants is based on a fallacious premise underpinned by a harsh right-wing ideology. Where UC has been introduced it has caused tens of thousands of people to fall into debt, rent arrears, and to become reliant on food banks.
Low paid part-time workers will be affected, as well as the unemployed and people on disability benefits. World Mental Health Day should be a catalyst for Esther McVey to scrap this callous scheme and rebalance the welfare system so that people are treated with dignity and according to their genuine needs and not as a tick box austerity-driven exercise.”
Many Universal Credit claimants struggle with mental health issues. The Mental Health Nurses Association (MHNA) says the flawed and unfair system should be scrapped and the balance reset to take into account people’s needs. They have written to DWP and McVey to express their serious concerns about the ‘devastating negative impact’ of the current benefits assessment process.
In a letter to McVey, mental health professional Dave Munday told her, “People with complex needs are forced into a process which is long, complicated and does not recognise their personal abilities, strengths and circumstances. It is also clear that with the roll out of Universal Credit across England, that this will only make matters much worse, especially for those living with mental ill health.
Unite believes that Universal Credit is not fit for purpose. The process of rolling Universal Credit must be stopped immediately and the system scrapped. A future benefits system must be rebalanced to take account of people’s needs and strengths.”
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