Wales will be devastated by Universal Credit cuts, which would affect 280,000 individuals. Are you a victim of this?
According to Wales’ Trades Union Congress, the Government’s proposed changes to Universal Credit will affect approximately 280,000 people in Wales (TUC).
Tens of thousands of families across the country will be “worse off” as a result of the upcoming changes, according to the trade union.
As a single one-payment benefit, Universal Credit replaced income support, child tax credit, working tax credit, housing benefit, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, and income-related employment and support allowance.
The normal allowance for those under the age of 25 on Universal Credit is currently £344 per month, with those above the age of 25 receiving £411.51 per month.
Under the benefits plan, couples under the age of 25 receive £490.66, while couples beyond the age of 25 receive £596.58.
The government increased the payout by £20 per week in April 2020 to help struggling households and families at the start of the pandemic.
This increase in Universal Credit was originally scheduled to terminate on March 31, 2021, but was postponed owing to popular demand.
However, Rishi Sunak confirmed the increase in his Budget 2021 release in March, stating that it will run until the end of September.
When Theresa Coffey, the Work and Pensions Secretary, spoke to MPs on the Work and Pensions Committee on July 7, she reaffirmed this.
“Ahead of October, we will begin communicating with current claimants who get the £20 to inform them that it will be phased out and that their payments will begin to adjust,” she said.
Wales’ TUC General Secretary, Shavanah Taj, has spoken out against the government’s proposed changes to universal credit, warning that low-income families will be the hardest hit.
“Everyone should have enough money to live on,” Taj remarked.
However, if the Universal Credit cut is implemented, tens of thousands of working families in Wales, including critical workers, will be forced to make do with even less money each week. It’s a downward trend, not an upward trend.
“UK authorities should abandon this draconian cut, which will disproportionately affect low-income working families. We need a social security system that assists individuals in regaining their footing, not one that keeps them impoverished.”
“And we need decent jobs with decent compensation for every worker in every region of the country,” he concluded.
“That includes raising the minimum wage, investing in decent green jobs, and addressing the issue of precarious work,” according to Brinkwire Summary News.