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Universal credit rollout should be paused, say Tory MPs

Former government adviser and 12 MPs raise concerns over impact on people already receiving universal credit in trial areas

A former government official and a dozen Tory MPs have added their voices to mounting calls on the government to slow down the implementation of universal credit – its controversial overhaul of the benefits system.

Dame Louise Casey, who conducted a year-long study for ministers into community cohesion, likened pressing ahead with the system to “jumping over a cliff”.

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