WEAVER Vale MP Mike Amesbury has welcomed his party’s plans to scrap “cruel and unjust” universal credit.

The Labour Party pledged to axe the Government’s controversial welfare reform if it wins a general election.

Universal Credit has been pilloried by welfare campaigners, community groups and charities since it was first introduced, with areas where UC has been rolled out often seeing a spike in food bank use.

In his role as shadow employment minister, Mr Amesbury was part of a team that drew up plans to axe the policy and replace it with a new system “focusing on supporting people rather than policing them.”

Mr Amesbury said: “Universal Credit has been one of the biggest issues impacting my constituents.

"People from all walks of life have contacted me who’ve been left suffering horrendous financial hardship.

"It’s a cruel and unjust system that’s simply beyond repair and must be replaced with a system that genuinely helps people into work and supports those who need it.”