The TUC have said that a poll of more than 1,600 adults showed that most were opposed to the five-week wait for benefits
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said:
Making people who have contributed all their lives wait five weeks before receiving any help is both cruel and vindictive.
Just as with the bedroom tax, it shows that ministers are desperately out of touch with the lives of ordinary people.
People who lose their jobs need to be concentrating on looking for a new one, not worrying about whether they have enough money to pay the mortgage, keep up with their rent or feed their children.
The five-week wait is yet another ill-thought out idea and should be enough to send the whole policy back to the drawing board.
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