Sputnik spoke the political activist Alaya Shunyata about this story and the impacts of universal credit.
Sputnik: Theresa May is warned by senior Conservatives today to end the benefit freeze for seven million people or see her party suffer at the next election. Firstly, how significant is this?
Alaya Shunyata: I think that the Tories are now realizing that they don’t have the backing of the British electorate any longer. I think in the UK we are a country of diversity and of tolerance and acceptance; within that the Tories are picking up the mood of the electorate because of the callous cruelty of the policies that they have put forward and the implementation of unnecessary deaths due to those policies.
People are just not going to be voting Tory; even people who have been voting Tory for years are mounting on Twitter saying I am no longer prepared to back a tory government because of their of their conscious cruelty of their policies.
Alaya Shunyata: I am skeptical about that because the whole scenario has been formed so that we are leaving the EU. I am a remainer and I am very suspicious about how the whole kind of referendum came about, because the vote was ruled as null void legally because of illegal activities which Cambridge Analytica and other illegal activities around that vote as well as the deception of the British people to do with the Brexit agenda;
I don’t Theresa May will listen to a word of what the UN have got to say because previously she hasn’t. The Tories haven’t implemented the changes that the UN have asked them to make when they made their initial inquiry into the human catastrophe of what sick and disabled people are going through because of tory policy.
Sputnik: Could you essentially sum up why Universal Credit is such a controversial system and what effect it has on welfare policy across Britain?
The NHS, the mental health cuts that we’ve seen, people being put on Universal Credit who are being made homeless… this puts stress onto the police force especially because of the cuts to mental health, they are picking up patients off the street and having to sit with in lounges for 8 to 10 hours at a time until they can see a psychiatrist and get some help.
It’s a domino effect. If you’ve got no money and mental health issues, there are no services, you’re on the streets with no food you’re going to get sick very quickly. What we’re actually doing is brewing a catastrophe in the making of thousands and thousands of deaths.
Views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Alaya Shunyata and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.