Charities Banned From Criticizing UK Work Department's Universal Credit System - Reports

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Charities Banned From Criticizing UK Work Department's Universal Credit System - Reports

Charities and companies involved in programs run by the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are bound by special contract clauses from criticizing Secretary Esther McVey, whose department is currently involved in the implementation of universal credit payment as part of efforts to streamline the social benefit system, local media reported on Friday.

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 12th October, 2018) Charities and companies involved in programs run by the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are bound by special contract clauses from criticizing Secretary Esther McVey, whose department is currently involved in the implementation of universal credit payment as part of efforts to streamline the social benefit system, local media reported on Friday.

Universal credit was announced by the department back in 2010, with the benefit being rolled out gradually since 2013. The new system replaces six other existing benefits, including job seeker's allowance and income support, with a single payment. The reform caused certain criticism, which made McVey say on Thursday that the new payment will leave some worse off. According to media reports, it may result in some 200 Pounds ($265) drop in monthly payments.

At least 22 contractors have had to sign gagging clauses committing themselves to restraining from anything that could bring the secretary into disrepute, according to The Times.

The contracts, worth some 1.8 billion pounds ($2.4 billion), reportedly stipulate that that the companies who get funds from the state should "pay the utmost regard to the standing and reputation" of the secretary.

Meanwhile, the Department for Work and Pensions disproved the information, saying that the clauses were meant to protect commercially sensitive information and "understand how to interact with each other and protect their best interests," the newspaper said, citing a spokeswoman.

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