Families on Universal Credit are preparing for life without the £ 20 increase
It’s called the biggest overnight social security cut since World War II.
This fall, as the government seeks to recoup some of the unprecedented emergency spending incurred since COVID-19[femininefrappé le Royaume-Uni, des couvertures de sécurité familières comme l’augmentation de 20 £ à Crédit Universel sont sur le point d’être arrachés des épaules des gens.
Ce ne sera pas sans conséquences.
Médecins, associations caritatives et même certains députés conservateurs demandent au gouvernement de reconsidérer sa décision pour mettre fin au soulèvement.
La Fondation Joseph Rowntree (JRF) affirme que la plupart des régions d’Angleterre, d’Écosse et du Pays de Galles verront plus d’une famille sur trois et leurs enfants affectés en raison de la réduction de 1 040 £ par an.
Le Trussell Trust estime que près d’un quart de million de parents bénéficiant du crédit universel craignent de ne pas pouvoir préparer suffisamment le dîner pour leurs enfants lorsque la réduction de 20 £ entrera en vigueur à partir d’octobre.
Parmi eux, Ellen, 39 ans, mère de quatre enfants de Byker à Newcastle – qui dit à Trevor Phillips de Sky News dans l’émission dominicale qu’elle craint le pire.
“Pour moi, payer mes factures… ça va être très dur.
“Peut-être [the government] might think the £ 20 is nothing – that’s a big deal for us. It helps us get through.
“It could help a lot, even sometimes buying milk a week for the kids, bread for the kids it helps a lot. So with those £ 20 taken away I think a lot of families are going to struggle.”
She also expressed fear that her children would become open to bad influences if she could not support them.
“The kids … if they don’t get what they’re supposed to have at home, they end up [in the streets].
“We keep fighting, we keep trying to cope.”
Campaigners say if this reduction continues, the government risks repeating ‘the same mistakes’ made after the UK last faced an economic crisis in 2008 – when those with the least often lost most.
And it’s places like the Northeast – home to those infamous 2019 Red Wall wins that the government deems so crucial to their electoral fortunes – that are on the verge of losing the most.
The JRF says that 46% of all working-age families with children in the region who claim universal credit will be affected by the reduction.
Jo Ray, director of Karbon Homes, a housing association in the North East, saw firsthand the benefits the uprising brought to families during the pandemic.
“It was a real lifeline for people.
“It just gives them a little extra flexibility to think about how they’re going to take care of their children, make sure people are fed, how they’re going to deal with the precariousness of the leave.
“Our teams talk to people every day. They’re in our fields, they talk to people about what’s going on and they hear this fear and this nervousness, and they worry about what’s going on; how am I how will I manage when I’m £ 20 less? How am I going to put food on the table? How will I heat my house as winter approaches?
“I think this is going to have a very serious impact on so many families across the UK.”
Mike Meddra runs a food bank in Byker, carefully designed for users to collect points and purchase items to reduce the stigma of finding much-needed help.
He has seen demand for Byker Pantry soar during the pandemic – which is why measures such as the £ 20 increase have proven so vital.
A mom visiting the food bank with her daughter – who didn’t want to be named – told Sky News she already plans to starve herself at certain times of the week so her kids don’t go without, by cut forecast. .
Mike told Trevor Phillips on Sunday: “I don’t know how they’re going to get by, people who really need it really need it. I think it’s a shame.
“The timing has to be better than this. I think you have to wait until everything is back to normal, because if you take it off now you are setting people up to fail and it’s just unnecessary and degrading.”
Mike also sent a Red Wall warning to the government on its upgrade schedule.
“[Cutting the £20 uplift] won’t help. This is the kind of negative action that will damage all good. As easy as that. You play with people’s lives and people don’t forget, ”he said.
“And like Boris said, he borrowed our votes from the North – and borrowing means you can take them too.”
But the Treasury seems to have made up its mind on this matter. The number of people receiving the allowance doubled during the pandemic, dramatically increasing its cost.
The focus in Whitehall will now be on the government’s “Jobs Plan” and getting people back to work.
A government spokesperson said: “As announced by the Budget Chancellor, the increase in universal credit has always been temporary. It was designed to help applicants get through the economic shock and financial disruption of the worst stages. difficult from the pandemic, and it did. “
Food banks, both North and South, told Sky News they feared the consequences of a winter when families across the country brace for a triple blow of removed measures in the coming weeks; not only the universal increase in credit, but the end of the leave scheme and extended notice for evictions are all viewed with concern.
The real economic scars COVID-19 left on households are about to be revealed.
For many families across the UK, the coming winter is already shaping up to be long and dark.
Watch the full report on Trevor Phillips Sunday from 8:30 a.m. on Sky News.
Trevor will also meet with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi, Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy and Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat