Boris Johnson is “abandoning millions” to misery by pursuing the fiercely opposed cut to Universal Credit (UC), a charity has warned.
In 35 parts of Britain, at least half of working-age families with children will be affected by the removal of the Â£ 20 a week mark-up, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said.
The areas most affected are Newham, east London (64% of working-age families affected), Leicester (62%) and Manchester (61%).
His new analysis also shows that the cut will have the most severe impact in Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East, the North West and the West Midlands.
The temporary increase, introduced to help applicants weather the storm of the coronavirus pandemic, began to be phased out at the end of September.
From October 6, no assessment to calculate the payments will include the increase – the same day the Prime Minister addresses the Tories at the party’s annual conference in Manchester.
The JRF said 26% of working-age families in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority area – around 312,000 families – would be affected by the reduction.
The move was widely contested, including by six former work and pension secretaries, charities, think tanks, teachers and MPs from all political backgrounds.
Katie Schmuecker, Deputy Director of Policy and Partnerships at JRF, said: âThe Prime Minister is leaving millions to hunger and misery with his eyes wide open.
âThe biggest overnight reduction in social security flies in the face of the government’s mission to unite and upgrade our country. “
A government spokesperson said: âWe have always been clear that the increase in universal credit and the leave plan were temporary. They were designed to help claimants get through the economic shock and financial turmoil of the most difficult stages of the pandemic, and they’ve done it.
âUniversal Credit will continue to provide vital support to those in and out of work, and vulnerable households across the country will be able to access a new Â£ 500million support fund to help them with the essentials over the years. months as the country continues to recover from the pandemic. “
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