Put in place during the pandemic, people on universal credit had a temporary £20 uplift in their payments that has now ended. One research group says that its removal will push over 800,000 people into poverty. Meanwhile, The Times is reporting that the national living wage will rise before the end of the year.
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has defended the £20 cut to Universal Credit, telling Julia there is still “billions of pounds” of support available. “We’re providing an extra £5 billion through the Kickstart Restart scheme.”
The temporary £20 a week Universal Credit uplift ends today, hitting low income households. Our East Midlands reporter Will Hollis spoke to food bank users and others in Sutton-in-Ashfield about the impact the cut will have on communities like this across the country.
What people are saying?
RainbowDesigns Those on legacy benefits such as Income Support & ESA etc never even got the uplift or any extra help. The blame put on tech issues then they were ignored. It should be back dated for them. Also scrapping the unfair so called ‘Bedroom Tax’ would help many.
Leona £20 is no joke at all when you’re poor, it’s literally a life-changing amount. £20 is not a life changing amount to large corporations not paying their taxes and taxpayers money being wasted on things we don’t need. I bet £20 is spent per day MPs lunches & travel, all paid.