The pandemic, and the resulting economic fallout, is not over. Unemployment is still higher, tens of thousands of people are having to self-isolate every week and output is still below pre-pandemic levels.
Yet, despite our precarious economic position, the government are stubbornly continuing with their £20 a week cut from Universal Credit. This is the biggest cut to social security payments since the Second World War, and equates to £1,040 per person per year.
What Rishi Sunak and our government still fail to understand is:
- 37% of Universal Credit claimants are in work
- This will impact 1.8 million households, including 3.4 million children
- These changes would be particularly painful to hundreds of thousands of self-employed workers who have already been hit hard and many of whom were excluded from government Coronavirus support schemes
- The U.K. has some of the lowest rates of unemployment benefit in Europe. Even with the temporary £20 per week increase, Universal Credit represents just 18% of average weekly earnings. This is compared to an average of 90% in Denmark, 75% in Sweden and 60% in Germany
We’re running out of time, and we need the government to change their minds.
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