Labour to ditch Universal Credit, McDonnell says

By Philip Whiteside, political reporter
Labour will no longer support keeping the Universal Credit system of benefits, and says it will "have to go".
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell told Sky News he has been listening to the experiences of people on the system and now believes it cannot be reformed.Universal Credit aimed to replace six previously available means-tested benefits with one single payment but has run into a series of problems with critics saying it leaves claimants worse off.Calling it a "shambles", Mr McDonnell told Sky's Sophy Ridge: "I think most people now are coming to the conclusion Universal Credit has got to be scrapped.:: Line 18: The reality of Universal Credit

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"I've been listening to people over the last few weeks about the roll out in their particular areas. I've been looking at what the government has said about how they are seeking to reform it. The reforms haven't worked."We are at that stage when it's not sustainable anymore. It's not a system that can work. It's not a system that can provide the safety net that people expect when they need support."We are moving to a position now where it's just not sustainable. It'll have to go."Mr McDonnell was unable to say what Labour would replace it with but said there should be "a proper consultation. A root and branch examination of how we can go forward to make sure people get the proper support".
The former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, said that he had concerns over Jeremy Corbyn's past.
The shadow chancellor said the need was particularly acute considering there are "people who are on benefits who are still having to turn up at food banks".
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