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Changes to #UniversalCredit in #Budget2021 see the loss of £20 (#KeepTheLifeline) "mitigated" with a reduction in the UC "taper rate" from 63p to 55p.

Let's look at what that means, who that helps and who that hurts.

#poverty #ukpolitics #benefits #UKPoverty #foodbanks

It means that now instead of 63p being deducted from Universal Credit for every £1 earned, only 55p will be. Meaning claimants in work are 8p better off per £1 wages earned.

That offsets that £20 for some. Who though? How many 8p's are needed to reach £20?

It's actually £250 that is needed in wages every month, to offset the £20 cut. Or to put it another way, that's 59h work a month on the apprentice minimum wage, or 29h on the min wage over 23.

At age 23, if you work 7h a week you should be better off with the new rates?

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Oct 6 Boris Johnson's Conservatives will cut this vital lifeline to millions of people on the last day of Tory Party Conference

Add your name in resistance to this basic cruelty

Make the £20 per week uplift to Universal Credit permanent
Really cannot stress how important it is, with inflation already causing food & fuel prices to rise.

#KeepTheUplift #KeepTheLifeline
Not just families on low incomes who will be hit hard by Boris Johnson's Government cutting this vital lifeline October 6.
A million+ people living solo with no-one to help them share the burden of Brexit inflation
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The Governments proposal to take £20 a week Universal Credit from the most vulnerable, lowest paid, least considered people in the UK is callous, abhorrent and cruel. This is what £20 looks like in basic groceries. This is what a difference £20 makes. #KeepTheLifeline
Imagine the most vulnerable, underpaid, barely holding it together single parent in the school playground. Now imagine Boris Johnson kicking their door in and helping himself to all of this from her cupboard. Every. Single. Week. #KeepTheLifeline
It’s the biggest overnight cut to social security since the Second World War. It’s happening - again - to the same people who have been paying the price for ‘austerity’ since Cameron was elected in 2010. Eleven very long, hard, exhausting, hungry years. #KeepTheLifeline
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Government responded to “#KeepTheUplift” petition

"The Government always intended the £20 per week increase to be a temporary measure... It will not be incorporated permanently into the standard rate.

This Government is wholly committed to supporting those on low incomes "🙄
"with restrictions eased and we are ramping up our recovery, the Government is rightly shifting its focus to supporting people to move into & progress in work as quickly as possible."

That is no use to people who need help now.
Jam tomorrow, but never jam today. #KeepTheUplift
No shit
"the importance of employment... in substantially reducing the risks of poverty. In 2019/20, there was only a 3% chance of children being in absolute poverty (before housing costs) if both parents work full-time compared with 42% for 2-parent families with only PT work"
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At today’s Treasury Questions a number of MPs across the political spectrum expressed their concern at the impending cut to #UniversalCredit.

In response, Chancellor @RishiSunak said that he doesn’t accept that people will be forced into poverty as a result of the cut
Our analysis has shown that the cut to #UniversalCredit risks plunging 500,000 people into poverty including 200,000 children.

The cut will also pile unnecessary financial pressure on around 5.5 million families, both in and out of work.
Social security plays a vital role in our society, not just during a national crisis but every day.

Families across the country have shared how the impending cut will impact them. Their bills won’t get cheaper on October 6…
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1⃣In exactly one month from now the planned cut to #UniversalCredit will take £20 a week from the already precarious incomes of millions of families.

Here’s a rundown of just some of the reasons why the cut must not go ahead 👇
✂️It would be the biggest overnight cut to the basic rate of social security since WWII

📉It risks repeating the same mistakes made after the last economic crisis where our country’s recovery was too often not felt by people on the lowest incomes Image
💷It would put unnecessary financial pressure on around 5.5 million families, in and out of work

👨‍👦It risks pulling 500,000 people into poverty, including 200,000 children Image
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