Belfast Telegraph

'Die-in' protest held against Universal credit

A protest was held in Belfast yesterday in opposition to the controversial Universal Credit system.

Unite members staged the event at the Capita assessment clinic on Linenhall Street.

The protest coincided with a UK-wide mobilisation to demand the roll-out of Universal Credit is halted. Universal Credit merges six benefits into one single payment, and has been introduced to Northern Ireland recently.

Organisers said the Department of Work and Pensions' Universal Credit system has caused misery for vast numbers of people.

Unite said: "Cuts to 'motability' have left many disabled people severely limited or even housebound. The Government has even been condemned by the United Nations for its inhumane treatment of disabled people."

Organisers delivered a letter of protest to Capita, the private sector company contracted to conduct assessments under the Universal Credit system.

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