The government of Boris Johnson has rejected calls from senior political leaders in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to keep the universal loan increase at 20 20 a week.
Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey told multi-party committees in all four countries that the cuts would continue as planned for next month – a whopping 1,040 euros a year for millions of Britons.
Despite increasing pressure from MPs from all parties, the cabinet minister confirmed that the increase would be halted from October 6 during the Kovid crisis.
“Now that the economy is open again, it is only right that the government should focus on bringing people back to work and those who are already employed moving on with their careers,” Coffey said in a joint letter to ministers.
The Secretary of Work and Pensions added: ‘Our goal is to help 2 million people settle down and move on to work through our 33 33 billion global employment plan. “
The Joseph Roundauri Foundation said a reduction in universal debt would push 500,000 people into poverty, while citizens’ advice warned that one-third of recipients of the allowance would be in debt when the increase was removed.
Multi-party committees in Westminster, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Welsh Parliament and the Scottish Parliament have raised concerns about the impact of this decline on poverty.
In a joint letter to Coffey, they argued that millions of people would lose 1,000 1,000 a year when ‘financial aid is most needed’. They described the change as the biggest overnight drop in a basic social security rate since the start of the modern welfare state.
Stephen Timms, Labor MP and chairman of the Work and Pensions Committee, said the government should change course to avoid serious hardship for thousands of families.
Two days after MPs return from summer vacation, Johnson will face a vote in the House of Commons to cut the planned universal debt. Said a source Free Labor is “likely” to vote on the issue, but this has not been officially confirmed by the party.
Concern within the ranks of the Conservatives increased over the summer. Last week, two conservative MPs from the “Red Wall” in northern England – Peter Aldes and John Stevenson – wrote a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to abandon plans to end the uprising.
‘Our main promise in the last election, you articulated very well, was to take it to the next level,’ she wrote – ‘20 pounds a week is one of our best traditions of pandemic ’.
In July, six former Conservative secretaries with jobs and pensions wrote to the government, pointing out that it was “important” to protect revenues and to warn that the increase would threaten the economic recovery.
In addition to the letter from the multi-stakeholder committees, ministers from Holyrood, Cardiff and Stormont also wrote to MS Coffee expressing concern about the impact of universal credit cuts on poverty.
Scottish Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison, Welsh Social Justice Minister Jane Hutt and Northern Ireland Community Minister Daredre Harge said people will lose money when they need the most financial help.
Ms Kofi had previously suggested that the പൗ 1,000 a year cut would encourage some to return to work, saying the government was focusing on the Plan for Jobs program to increase training.
A UK government spokesman said: “The temporary increase in universal credit is designed to help applicants go through the financial crisis and financial crisis of Pandemic’s most difficult stages.
“It is right that we are now focusing on our job plan, helping applicants improve their skills, gain access to employment, improve their work, or increase their income by increasing their hours. “
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