On Universal Credit

Liverpool Anarchist

Featured in Issue VIII – August 2020

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1.4 million more people are claiming benefits according to the Office for National Statistics, a 112% increase, while job vacancies have decreased by 58%. This will only rise as the furlough scheme comes to an end, with record-breaking unemployment levels and a deep recession expected.

With this, more working class people will face the harsh realities of life on Universal Credit, a bureaucratic system of deprivation and coercion. The capitalist economy does not function to meet our needs, it solely pursues profit and growth for the benefit of the capitalist class.

Big and small companies, especially in the service sector, will be making redundancies despite the government offering hand outs and incentives to employers to keep their workforce. Where possible, we should be organising with co-workers to resist redundancies; however, many will be forced to claim Universal…

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