MPs urge Rishi Sunak to prevent “devastating repercussions” and extend Universal Credit boost.
UNIVERSAL Credit payments will drop by about £20 per week in a matter of days as a temporary increase is lifted. Rishi Sunak, on the other hand, has been under increasing pressure to expand this assistance.
In early 2020, Universal Credit payments were increased by roughly £20 per week as Rishi Sunak provided extra help in the face of the coronavirus. Although it was known from the start that these increases would only be temporary, many MPs, charities, and other groups have urged for them to be extended or made permanent.
Alison Thewliss, the Scottish National Party MP for Glasgow Central, wrote to the Chancellor recently, along with 14 other Glasgow-based MPs, expressing their dissatisfaction with the revisions.
“I and my Glasgow MP/MSP colleagues have written to Rishi Sunak to express our worry over [the Government’s]proposals to decrease UC and Tax Credits by £20 per week while maintaining support for two children per family,” Ms Thewliss added.
“These measures will impoverish families and must be repealed.”
“We write to you as a group of Glasgow MPs and MSPs who are deeply concerned about the impact on our constituencies, and others across the country, of the UK Government’s planned £20-a-week cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit, as well as the ongoing compounding negative impact of the two-child limit,” the letter said.
“According to recent research conducted by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the £20-a-week cut will result in a £1,040-a-year cut to the incomes of 21% of all working-age households (with or without children) on October 6.
“Worryingly, Glasgow is home to three of Scotland’s three Westminster constituencies that will be hardest hurt by the cuts.
“We believe this policy constitutes the largest one-time drop in the basic rate of social security since the welfare state was established.
“It’s also quite unfortunate that it will eliminate many of the benefits of the Scottish Kid Payment, which gives low-income families with £10 per week per child, rising to £20-per-week by the conclusion of this Scottish Parliamentary session.
“In addition, the two-child restriction in Universal Credit and Tax Credits continues to penalize the poorest members of our society.
“Earlier this year, the Child Poverty Action Group reported that 47% of children in households with three or more children are poor, a four percent increase.”Brinkwire Summary News”.