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Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Tuesday that the United Kingdom government’s rigid insistence on automating Universal Credit threatens the rights of people most at risk of poverty, and called for “a comprehensive redesign of how the government calculates the social security benefit is urgently needed to restore people’s rights to a decent standard of living, particularly as they face severe income loss and other economic shocks caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The 68-page report, “Automated Hardship: How the Tech-Driven Overhaul of the UK’s Benefits System Worsens Poverty,” details how a poorly designed algorithm is causing people to go hungry, fall into debt, and experience psychological distress.
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