Boris faces a three-nation uprising as benefit uplift is reduced under Universal Credit.
BORIS Johnson is facing a three-nation backlash over his plans to decrease Universal Credit (UC) payments, which he says will result in a “cost of living crisis.”
The First Ministers of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have indicated that removing the £20-a-week increase in UC would put millions of people in the UK in a “unprecedented financial stress.”
The temporary increase in UC, which was announced at the outset of the epidemic last year, began to fade near the end of September and will eventually expire next week.
Many organizations and opposition parties have denounced the move, and many Conservative MPs are concerned about the impact on low-income families.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, and Northern Ireland’s First and Deputy First Ministers, Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill, wrote to the UK Prime Minister, saying there was still time for a change of heart before the deadline on Wednesday.
“Your Government is cutting this lifeline just as the UK is suffering a serious cost-of-living crisis,” the devolved leaders wrote as Conservatives gathered in Manchester for their annual party conference.
“This winter, millions of individuals will face an unsustainable mix of rising food and energy prices, growing inflation, the end of the furlough scheme, and an impending increase in National Insurance contributions.”
“There is no justification for slashing such vital support at a time when households across the UK are suffering unprecedented financial strains.”
They said that Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of a £500 million hardship fund to make discretionary payments to the most destitute was “wholly inadequate” in comparison to the £6 billion provided by the boost.
“To assist a genuine recovery from this pandemic, we must first ensure that the needs of our most vulnerable are met,” Mr Sunak continued.
“By reducing the ability of six million individuals to make ends meet, this cut threatens to derail the recovery.”
“It is not too late for you to change your decision to take money from the lowest members of society at a time when they are experiencing severe cost-of-living crises.”
“The withdrawal of this small increase from 134,000 people across Northern Ireland will negatively effect on their wellbeing and that of their families,” Mr Givan stated in response to the letter.