Harriet Harman says her team has already helped claim more than £53,000 for her constituents in backdated benefits, heating rebates and financial mis-selling since January of this year.
The Camberwell and Peckham MP said the staggering sum ‘tells of hardship and struggle for local people wrongly denied the money to which they are entitled’.
As the News has reported, Southwark was one of the first local authorities to move onto Universal Credit in 2016 and as a result has been particularly affected in the last three years.
Since then, the Labour-run council says the government’s policy led to the first cohort of claimants seeing their rent arrears increase by £586, and food bank use skyrocketing across the borough.
Peckham based foodbank, Pecan, says eighty per cent of new people coming through its doors do so because of the transition onto Universal Credit.