The boss of a homeless charity in Torbay has allegedly been ordered to stop criticising the Government’s flagship Universal Credit reform or risk losing out on thousands of pounds of vital lottery funding, it has been reported.
Ellie Waugh, CEO of Humanity Torbay, situated in Devon, says the homeless charity she leads has been threatened with a loss of funding unless she stays silent on highlighting the impact of the Government’s welfare changes on some of the most vulnerable people in UK society.
The Big Lottery Fund, a supposedly independent public body, has denied the allegations but Ellie Waugh says she shared a video online “out of sheer frustration” after she applied for £130,000 of funding for the local charity.
Waugh, 53, claims she was visited by an official from the The Big Lottery Fund who instructed her to stop speaking out against Universal Credit and its devastating impact on low-income households – a claim that has been denied by The Big Lottery Fund.
“I’ve been told to keep my mouth shut about universal credit. I’ve been told we won’t get any grants if we say anything”, she told inews.
Source: Stop criticising Universal Credit or lose vital funding, homeless charity told : Welfare Weekly