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Letter to Editor: Plea for mercy over universal credit

Politics / Fri 17th Sep 2021 at 06:47am

Dear Editor,

THE pandemic’s not over. Thousands of people have lost their lives in this country; plenty have lost their jobs. Foodbanks are experiencing a boom. 

Of course, people struggled before Covid-19. Families desperately needed foodbanks and those in need included working people. It’s a whole lot worse now. Working people need foodbanks. Working people need Universal Credit. 

Westminster acknowledged in April 2020 that more than a million out-of-work and low-paid workers were going under, so UC was increased by £20 to tide them over until the economy revived. The economy hasn’t revived, alas.

And now the government wants to cut the £20. The UN poverty envoy describes that intention as ‘unconscionable’ and urges our government to change its collective mind. Why? Because that 20 quid is making a huge difference, keeping people just above the poverty line. 

National Insurance will soon increase, inflation has risen (according to the Office for National Statistics) to the highest rate since March 2012, food and drink are increasing in price as are household energy costs.

This is not the time to reduce benefit support! 

Westminster, show some mercy, please. 

Kay Morrison

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3 Comments for Letter to Editor: Plea for mercy over universal credit:

gary roberts
2021-09-17 07:26:37

Unfortunately, Mr. Halfon has decided to support both the increase in NI and the reduction in UC so any plea will be ignored sadly. But remember we now have a honorary professor as our MP so his judgement must be correct surely. Unfortunately for Mr. Halfon that will not impress those who are unable to feed their families, pay the rent, or heat their homes. To all those that voted for him please remember it was that note in the Treasury back in 2010 that caused him to vote to make your lives hell.

Steven Harknett
2021-09-18 09:57:21

Theresa Coffey's statement regarding UC was either ignorance, arrogance, incompetence or wishful thinking. Which ever one it was; what is clear, is that by removing the 20 pound uplift millions of working and unemployed people will find life harder than ever. The facts are undeniable: inflation is rising rapidly with food, utilities, water and other essentials all surging in higher prices. Coffey's explanation and attempts at advice were clumsy and at best insulting to those trying hard to improve their own lives. This lady is completely disconnected from life and displays little compassion for those encountering privation. Time to do what is fair and honourable Theresa instead of subsidising the rich. One thing is certain if the cut to UC goes ahead, it will make this country a worse place and cause suffering to millions including myself.

mike
2021-09-30 14:51:09

how many times, the uplift was only ever intended as a tempoary measure, that was made very clear at the start, people should budget better and not waste money on takeaways,cigs & alcohol,etc

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