The universal credit system that caused misery for many Mersey families will cost more than what they replaced.
According to a report by the influential Resolution Foundation, the system that the Tories say they have introduced to save money will be more expensive, partly due to Chancellor Philip Hammond's changes.
Mr Hammond injected £ 1.7 billion of extra cash into the sick project in his recent budget, in an effort to provide a catalog of difficulties.
This new money, together with an expected savings of $ 3,200 million in the benefits of Universal Credit, is what will make it more expensive than the previous one.
It combines six previous payments in one and initially only affected the single unemployed workers in Merseyside.
However, complete development revealed that the system, which was tormented by difficulties, now reach vulnerable families with more complex problems.
Bootle, the mother of two Debbie Brown, 38, told ECHO this weekend that her son and daughter Callum, 15, and Chelsea, 7, often go without food before bedtime because of universal credit.
She said: "Last night was an absolute nightmare, because my children told me they were hungry and could not do anything, I could not give them anything because they had nothing to give; I did not have to take money or food from."
She said: "We had a little bit of porridge, I thought it was better than nothing.
"It's not the first time – the three of every four weeks I'm trying to cross the day and find ways to make money, just to nourish them."
Meanwhile, Tuebrook's man, Ryan Webb, 32, was forced to eat steak and steal to survive after an "administrator's mistake" was penalized for delaying a meeting that was not talked about.
He left him with only £ 26 to live for a month.
He told ECHO in October: "I am ashamed to say that I have been forced to steal some supermarket food and they were also rooted in their boxes to eat too.
"I really had to borrow money from my dwarf, but he is also struggling and needing back – I do not know what to say."
Their misery would be easier to endure if the reforms helped the families of Merseyside, but the report also said that new changes to the system would be needed to help families who are harder but still in a situation of poverty.
They said that two-thirds of children living in poverty are in families where someone works and there are thousands of families in Merseyside in this situation.
Speaking about government changes, the foundation's research director, Laura Gardiner, said: "For the first time since the beginning of 2015, UC is more expensive than the legal benefits it is replacing.
The universal credit that causes the misery of the Mersey families will cost MORE than the old illness benefit of the system and said that "it did not appear in pain"
"If the government wants to make universal credit adapt to the challenge of addressing the poverty of the 21st century in Britain, these recent changes should mark the beginning of the reforms instead of the end.
"The government should now prioritize the reform of labor rights so that they can do more to encourage higher earnings for single parents and encourage more second-hand workers. This would make universal credit more feminine and a better vehicle to lower poverty."
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