Universal Credit risks increasing women’s vulnerability to financial abuse

As Universal Credit continues to roll out nationally, women’s groups have published a new report, which raises concerns that Universal Credit payments which are paid into one bank account for everyone in the household, rather than individual accounts, risk giving more power to abusers in homes where women are domestic violence. The new report, Universal Credit and Financial Abuse: Exploring the links’, by the Women’s Budget Group, Surviving Economic Abuse and the End Violence Against Women Coalition, says it is critical that this huge change in the welfare system is checked for its potential impact on women who are being abused, especially when domestic abuse is known to be an extremely widespread crime.

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