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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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Thread #UKPoverty #FoodPoverty 1/ The scale of food poverty in the UK, the fifth richest economy in the world, and its rapid increase over recent years is staggering. I've been researching this for @hrw for just over a year.…
2/ So many important things are happening today on this issue, each one of which on its own should make the government and all of us sit up and take notice. There is no excuse for looking away.
3/ The @TrussellTrust's annual figures are out. They do not make for easy reading. A 19% increase in the last year alone. Read their blog on what they see driving people to seek food aid.…
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Today @jrf_uk launched our annual state of the nation report #UKPoverty 2018. Here are some of my reflections on what has been a busy few days.
It is crucial when we talk about poverty we recognise progress has been made in tackling child and pensioner poverty before. With the political will and concerted action we can ease the immense strain struggling to make ends meet has on people up and down our country.
The debate about poverty cannot be allowed to become detached from people’s real lives. Obsessive debates about measures only risks distracting us from what matters - protecting everyone in our society from harm.
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