£20 cut to Universal Credit

Date: 10.08.21 | in: Social Security

In the Government’s 2021 Budget, delivered on 3 March, the Chancellor announced that UC will be reduced by £20 a week from the end of September. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions recently confirmed that this remains the Government’s intention.

It is my view that UC should not be reduced at this time. If the reduction does go ahead, as the Government plans, it will cost six million families an estimated £1,000 a year and support for those out of work will be left at its lowest level in decades.

Many of these families will face not only a reduction in UC but an increase in their National Insurance contributions. This is totally unacceptable.

I agree wholeheartedly with the Shadow Work & Pensions Secretary’s who has stated:

“The government’s plans to cut Universal Credit will hit the lowest paid hardest and hurt our economic recovery. Six million families are set to lose £1,000 a year while out of work support will be left at its lowest level in decades.”

For these reasons, I support maintaining UC at its current levels until it can be replaced with a new social security system which provides a proper social security safety net and has dignity and respect at its heart.

In the meantime, I want to see urgent reforms to UC and the current social security system. These include an end to the wait for a first UC payment and for UC advances to be converted into grants instead of loans. In addition, I believe the UC savings limit, the benefit cap and the two-child limit for UC and Tax Credits should be abolished.

More widely, I support uprating all six legacy benefits by £20 a week in line with UC.  More than 100 charities have pointed out that not doing this discriminates against disabled people in particular.

Taking all of these steps would provide immediate support those affected by coronavirus including many people who, have kept our country running during the pandemic

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