Leaders of the three delegating countries called on Westminster to withdraw planned reductions in Universal Credit (UC) payments in fear of a “living cost crisis.”
The heads of the Scottish, Wales and Northern Ireland administrations said withdrawing the £ 20 weekly rise at UC would put millions across Britain facing “unprecedented pressure” on their households.
The temporary uplift of the UC, announced at the start of last year’s pandemic, began to decline towards the end of September and is finally ending this week.
This call comes as charities have difficult to say “millions have abandoned” by Boris Johnson’s violent push for opposition cuts.
The move has been widely criticized by charities, opposition parties, and many Conservative lawmakers.
According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), in 35 regions of the United Kingdom, at least half of working-age families with children will be hit by the elimination of the £ 20 weekly uplift.
The most affected areas include Newham (64% of affected working-age families), Leicester (62%) and Manchester (61%) in eastern London.
The new analysis also shows that Cut has the most serious impacts in Yorkshire and Hamburg, northeast, northwest and West Midland.
In a joint letter to Boris Johnson, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Wales Prime Minister Mark Drakeford, and Northern Ireland’s first Deputy Prime Minister Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill said they still had time to change their minds. Stated.
When the Conservatives were gathering in Manchester for the annual party convention, they said:
“Millions of people are facing an intolerable combination of rising food and energy costs, rising inflation, the termination of layoffs, and the imminent increase in national insurance contributions this winter.
“There is no reason to reduce such significant support when people across the UK are facing unprecedented pressure on their households.”
The £ 500m hardship fund announced by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to provide discretionary payments to the most vulnerable people is a £ 6bn “completely inadequate” alternative provided through the uplift. Said it was a product.
“To support a meaningful recovery from this pandemic, we must first make sure that the needs of the most vulnerable people are met,” they said.
“This reduction can undermine recovery by reducing the ability of 6 million people to achieve their goals.
“It’s never too late to overturn the decision to take money out of the pockets of the poorest people in society when faced with a serious cost of living crisis.”
Temporary uplifts introduced to help petitioners survive the coronavirus pandemic storm began to be phased out at the end of September.
After October 6th, the valuation for calculating payments does not include a rise. This is the same day the Prime Minister addresses the conservatives at the party’s annual meeting in Manchester.
The JRF said 26% of working-age families in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority area will be hit by cuts.
Katie Schmucker, Deputy Director of Policy and Partnerships at JRF, said the decision would put 500,000 people in poverty and “ignore the consequences altogether.”
She states: “The prime minister opens his eyes wide and abandons millions of people in hunger and hardship.
“In the face of the government’s mission to unite and level up our country, the biggest overnight reductions to social security are flying.”
“I can’t say the prime minister hasn’t been warned. He must abandon this reduction,” she added.
A government spokesperson said: They were designed to help claimants through the economic shocks and financial turmoil of the most difficult stages of the pandemic, and they did.
“Universal Credit continues to provide important support to both at work and at work, and vulnerable households across the country are recovering from a pandemic.”