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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 February 2019

Claimants and union slam Universal Credit

Chris Baugh out supporting PCS members on strike

Chris Baugh out supporting PCS members on strike   (Click to enlarge)

On 24 January, a public meeting by Stop and Scrap Universal Credit Haringey was attended by about 100 people.

One of the platform speakers was Chris Baugh, assistant general secretary of the civil service trade union PCS, and a Socialist Party member.

Chris called for the social catastrophe of Universal Credit to be scrapped. He also likened it to "a car crash in slow motion".

As well as criticising Tory cuts to welfare over the decades, he also pointed out that the New Labour governments did this too. This fact was echoed by other platform speakers and from audience contributions.

John Dolan, North London Socialist Party

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