Today I wrote to Government Ministers to oppose the planned £20 per week cut to Universal Credit. In a letter to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Work & Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey, I warned of families into East Hull being forced to make terrible choices between clothing, heating, and food on the table.
With the number of East Hull claimants nearly double than that before the pandemic, analysis from Citizens’ Advice shows more than 2.3m people in the UK could be forced into debt if the cut goes ahead.
The extra £20 a week has been an absolute lifeline to so many in East Hull and across the country, but the Tories are dead set on snatching it away. It’s unforgivable.
Some of the very workers who have seen us through the Covid crisis are set to be made £1000 a year worse off. The decision is completely out of touch and must be cancelled for the sake of working families and our economy.
Labour will attempt to force a vote in Parliament, with the planned cut facing widespread opposition, including from former Conservative Work & Pensions secretaries, trade unions, and Marcus Rashford.