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#keepthelifeline – Universal Credit uplift due to end soon
The UK Government is currently planning to bring the £20 uplift in Universal Credit to an end in October.
This proposed cut will mean that claimants could lose up to £1040 per year from their Universal Credit payments. Nationally, this will pull a further 2.3 million people into debt and will damage the finances of the sick and vulnerable. Locally, this cut will have a strong impact on all groups within our local community.
In Swale, 42% of Universal Credit claimants have children, meaning that this cut will take vital support away from the children of Swale just when they need every ounce of support to help them catch-up this year from school closures caused by the pandemic. Additionally, 35% of Universal Credit claimants in Swale are already in work. Often, we are told that the best solution to these problems is to encourage claimants into work. However, this cannot be the case as a large proportion of claimants are already in work and could still lose over £1000 a year.
Tina lives in Sheerness and is in receipt of Universal Credit. She called us because she’s received a notification that the £20 uplift will end in September. She’s concerned because she doesn’t believe she’ll have enough money to get by once that money is gone. Tina is receiving ongoing debt support and is in the process of applying for a Debt Relief Order. She doesn’t think she’ll be able to make ends meet if there’s a further fall in income. If Tina doesn’t receive the uplift she will be forced to rely on handouts and support from organisations such as the foodbank.
What we’re doing
- We’ve put together a local taskforce team.
- We’ve written to our local MPs, Helen Whately and Gordon Henderson, to ask them to consider making representations to the Prime Minister to highlight the importance of the increase for families in our area, as well as communities across the country.
- We contacted local councillors, partners and community organisations to invite them to sign our open letter to the Prime Minister:
- We’ve shared information on Facebook and Twitter to encourage our followers to spread the word.
- We took part in an interview on our local radio station and sent press releases to local newspapers.
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