Struggling families on Universal Credit face £600 slashed from budgets

A bid to stop a Universal Credit cut for hard-up families is being snubbed by the Government.

Tory MPs have been told to abstain from a Commons vote forced by Labour today on making the £20-a-week uplift in the benefit permanent.

Removing support could plunge a further 730,000 children into poverty over this parliament, a report by the Resolution Foundation warned.

It could cut income by 4%, or £600, in the year from April, and push the poverty rate from 21% now to 23% by 2024-25, the think tank said.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak plans to replace the support with a one-off £500

The Foundation’s Karl Handscomb said the decision on whether to keep the boost would “help define if this is a parliament of levelling up living standards, or pushing up poverty”.

The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Jonathan Reynolds slam-med claims Chancellor Rishi Sunak plans to replace it with a one-off £500.

Footballer Marcus Rashford, who won a U-turn on free school meals, was reportedly due to speak to Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey about the benefit this month.


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