Barbara met activists from the retail industry union USDAW at Westminster. Barbara is supporting their campaign against the expected harsh impact on families from the Conservative-led Government's switch to Universal Credit.
Barbara met Mark Payne who is a driver for a large supermarket chain. Mark and his wife both work, they have three children and they are set to lose nearly £700 a year from their Child Tax Credit when Universal Credit is introduced. Other USDAW members at the event who work and have children would lose as much as £2,500 from the change to Universal Credit.
"There is clearly a problem with the clawback levels under Universal Credit and this means that working people will only be allowed to keep 24p from every extra pound they earn. I hope Government Ministers will listen and act to change this scheme before it is fully rolled out.
"Many working families in Salford will be hit by this change, which will mean they will lose hundreds or even thousands of pounds a year if they work more hours. I am calling on the Government to change the rate of clawback under Universal Credit to support hard-working families and to make sure that people know that doing extra work will always pay"
Barbara meeting USDAW member Mark Payne at a Westminster event