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Poorest have government support cut

by Site Author on 3 September, 2021

As many as 19% of hard-pressed families across Colchester face being left worse off when the government ends the uplift to Universal Credit next month. 

New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exposes the true nature of how badly some areas will be hit by the £20 Universal Credit cut, which is opposed by Martin Goss, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson.

In the report, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimates that the Universal Credit cut alone could force 500,000 people, almost half of them children, into poverty. Their breakdown shows that some 10,450 families in Colchester will be harmed by the government’s uplift cut, with 38% of families with children in Colchester being affected adversely.

Responding to the data, Martin Goss, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson said:

Colchester has had to pull itself through this pandemic while dealing with this incompetent heartless Conservative government, this cut will do untold damage to so many of our local families.  Our Colchester Tory MP Will Quince is in charge of this cut. 

“There is no question that Government has to reverse this needless cut and support normal working people here. Colchester Liberal Democrats are calling for the Universal Credit uplift to be made permanent.”

Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions Spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain MP added:

“Just as we begin to hope that Covid is being tamed in the UK, the Government is ripping support from millions of families across the country. We cannot have a full recovery if families are struggling to make ends meet.

“The Prime Minister’s claim that he wants people to live by their own ‘efforts’ rather than ‘welfare’ shows how out of touch he really is. With almost half of those receiving Universal Credit already in work and with many having young families, this cut will leave parents and their children behind despite their efforts.”

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