THE full roll out of Universal Credit is set for a fresh delay as a crucial vote in Parliament on a mass migration to the new benefit is to be scrapped.

The new Work and Pension Secretary, Amber Rudd, has cancelled a vote to approve allowing all existing claimants to be moved on to the controversial benefit and instead move only 10,000.

She said it is to monitor how the system works before all claimants are moved.

All Jobcentre areas in Glasgow were moved over to Universal Credit between September and December last year.

It means all new claimants for the legacy benefits will need to apply for Universal Credit.

The plan is for existing claimants will be moved over in a phased manner between now and 2023.

The latest move has been described as more proof the system is flawed.

SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson Neil Gray MP said: “Any pause to the botched roll-out of Universal Credit is welcome, but it shouldn’t have taken this long for the Tories to listen to the SNP and the huge number of anti-poverty charities who have condemned the system.

“The roll-out of Universal Credit to areas across Scotland has already seen more people pushed into poverty, debt and destitution - forcing families to rely on food banks and emergency aid just to get by.

“Now that the penny appears to have finally dropped, the Tories must now take this opportunity to overhaul the system and fix the problems that have caused so much misery in Scotland and across the UK.”

Influential committees in both Houses of Parliament had raised concerns about the plan to move around three million claimants onto UC and the Government faced losing a Commons vote on the “managed migration” programme.

Ms Rudd said: “Universal Credit is a vital reform so I want to roll it out carefully.

“I’m glad charities and colleagues are backing my plans to move and monitor 10,000 people from the old system.

“It means UC can proceed on time and be fit for purpose: helping people work and getting support to people quickly.”

Meanwhile the Prime Minister, Theresa May, said the changes were still in line with he overall plan.

She said: “Throughout the introduction of Universal Credit we’ve been clear that we would roll it out as a steady process, learn as we go along, make changes, we’ve done that.

“We’ll be saying more about it in the coming weeks but it will be fully rolled out by 2023 as was originally intended.”