5,660 in Woking face “heartless” Government Universal Credit cut
As many as 13% of hard-pressed families across Woking face being left worse off when the Government end the uplift to Universal Credit next month.
New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exposes the true nature of how badly some areas will be hit by the £20 Universal Credit cut which is opposed by Will Forster and the local Lib Dems.
In the report, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimate that the Universal Credit cut alone could force 500,000 people, almost half of them children, into poverty. Their breakdown shows that some 5,660 families in Woking will be harmed by the Government's uplift cut with 24% of families with children in Woking being affected adversely.
Lib Dem Spokesperson for Woking, Councillor Will Forster, said:
"Woking has had to pull itself through this pandemic while dealing with this incompetent heartless Conservative Government. This cut will do untold damage to so many of our local families."
"Their is no question that Government has to reverse this needless cut and support normal working people here. Woking Lib Dems are calling for the Universal Credit uplift to be made permanent."
Lib Dem Work and Pensions Spokesperson, Wendy Chamberlain MP, added:
"Just as we begin to hope that Covid is being tamed in the UK, the Government is ripping support from millions of families across the country. We cannot have a full recovery if families are struggling to make ends meet."
"The Prime Minister's claim that he wants people to live by their own 'efforts' rather than 'welfare' shows how out of touch he really is. With almost half of those receiving Universal Credit already in work and with many having young families, this cut will leave parents and their children behind despite their efforts."