MPs argue that the £20 increase in Universal Credit should be made permanent.
Many MPs have argued this week that the UNIVERSAL CREDIT UPGRADE should be made permanent.
Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, Universal Credit was increased by £20 per week. The government, on the other hand, has stated that this is a temporary measure that will be phased out in October. The increase should be made permanent, according to MPs.
“Universal Credit is a far better system than various work-incentive systems we’ve had in the past,” MP Thomas Hunt remarked on GB News today.
However, I believe it has remained a safety net for those who require it.
“For many of the families we work with, the £20 rise has been a lifesaver, and they have informed us that they have used it to buy food and supplies for themselves and their children.”
“The government claims that employment is the greatest way out of poverty, but many Universal Credit recipients already work, and if this cut goes through, many more children and families will be forced into poverty and hardship,” he stated.
Minister Hargey voiced her dismay in the removal of the additional funding in a letter to Thérèse Coffey MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I cannot emphasize enough how critical it is to keep the £20 uplift to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits,” Minister Hargey added.
“Throughout the pandemic, the significance of additional support for individuals and families has been very critical.”
“This continues to be the case for many households who are experiencing acute financial constraints and repercussions as a result of job losses and increased debt,” she added.
“Improving Universal Credit is critical to helping low-income individuals and allowing the economy to recover.
“It has served as a lifeline for some of our society’s most vulnerable members, and its removal at this time would bring considerable distress and financial hardship.”
Universal Credit is a payment intended to assist persons who are unemployed, unable to work, or have a low income.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) agreed that every person receiving UC should get a rise of £20 per week.
This boost, on the other hand, was always intended to be a temporary fix.
It was originally scheduled to finish in March 2021. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”