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Nearly two-thirds of Hull residents support scrapping Universal Credit

More than 22.8million people across the UK are believed to be claiming benefits and it is a hotly debated topic across the country.

But with the rising cost of living, more people are struggling financially than ever before.

Our reporter tried eating on a Universal Credit budget for a week and found it to be a huge struggle.

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With money being a hot topic for the government lately, it seems only fitting to know what the people of Hull really think.

In response to a survey, we asked: Should Universal Credit be scrapped?

A whopping 61% of people answered yes, with just 24% saying no and 12% undecided.

Learn about all the changes to Universal Credit and other benefits coming this year here.

Many locals have also taken to social media to voice their opinions. Speaking to a Facebook Hull Live post, people voiced their support for the scrapping of Universal Credit payments.

One person said: “They have to find a job. You hear how badly off they are, but most have the latest cell phones, big TVs, pets, they smoke, drink and do drugs – all for what the good people pay.

But what is the answer to removing a financial system that so many people depend on?

Many people believe that there is a solution that could replace the system.

More people are feeling the financial burden this year

Tom on Facebook said: “We already need a universal basic income, the current system is clearly not working.”

Ophélie agreed: “Ditch it for a universal basic income, it’s a more ethical system. CPU does not work.

And another person said, “Give everyone a universal basic income and then take it away. It’s so expensive to administer it and enforce its many rules, it’s not fit for purpose.

In our survey, we asked you the same question: “Do you support plans for a universal basic income of 163.50 per week for all adults?

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61% of people said yes, and only 30% of people said no – and 9% undecided.

However, it is not as simple as it seems.

Taking to the streets of Hull, jobseekers found themselves split over plans to give people “money for nothing”.

But one local said: ‘It can’t be worse than Universal Credit, I’d gladly swap it.’

What do you think – Should we scrap Universal Credit and replace it with a Universal Basic Income? Let us know in the comments.

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