Rishi Sunak confirmed that Universal Credit will be cut for people across the country in October.
During an interview, the Tory Chancellor was questioned about the UK Government’s plans going forward to support more disadvantaged families.
He said the £20 a week uplift in the benefit would not be continued beyond the end of September despite concerns that families could face a cliff edge.
The increase in Universal Credit was first put in place in April last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rishi Sunak announced during the Budget the additional £20 would be prolonged by six months after it had been due to run out throughout the first two weeks of April.
MPs from across the house blasted the Chancellor, saying it should be extended for a whole year while families get back on their feet.
The Resolution Foundation said the cut off in spending will cause a seven per cent drop in income for the most disadvantaged families across the country.
Questioned if he will extend it beyond another six months, Rishi Sunak told BBC Breakfast that no, they put this in position at the beginning of the crisis last year to help people in the national lockdown and that the restrictions had gone on for longer than any of them would have expected or wanted.
However, six months extension to the Universal Credit uplift means it will be in place well beyond the end of this national lockdown and asked why he wasn’t phasing out the £20, he argued it’s in place in full, all the way through to the end of September, which was a more generous approach than what he could have done, cutting it from the summer.
David Linden, the SNP’s Work and Pensions spokesperson, said that extending the lifeline for only 6 months instead of making it permanent and rolling it out to legacy benefits, of which an excessive amount of claimants are carers or sick or disabled, is an unforgivable failure from the Chancellor, and that it will see millions face a cliff edge in six months, as well as plunge hundreds of thousands into poverty.
He said that maintaining and prolonging the uplift was the bare minimum the UK government should be doing to make up for the decade of Tory austerity cuts that have exacerbated poverty and destitution.
However, anyone with more than two brain cells knows that nothing in life is free and that all this money would have to be paid back over the next few years.
Had our NHS been up to standard from the start of the pandemic, it would have been a great deal easier, but years of underfunding and the closure of hospitals has left us in a state of being unable to cope.
So, now, financially, the whole country is in a sorry state, and the NHS will miss out again, and we can only hope that the vaccine will eradicate the virus in the long run because whole regions of Britain are in dire straights and the longer the lockdown last the less chance of any kind of redemption.
This pandemic has been poorly managed by Westminster, but then no living politician has had to face anything like this, so no one should start looking for scapegoats.
Look on the bright side, some people survived, but many poor souls didn’t, and it’s time politicians were the ones on minimum wage because there are lots of people out there that are sick to death of all the perks they get, with all their fingers in all the healthcare pies they slowly privatise.
People need to wake up and boot the greedy Tories into a reality check because to cripple the poor by taking another £20 from them is repugnant by anyone’s moral standards.
Take away their free bar bills and free restaurants in Westminster for a start, and all from our taxes.