T the government sembthe determined to inflict immeasurable suffering. Ignoring warnings, calls and recommendations from charities, think tanks, opposition parties and six former conservative social secretaries, Rishi Sunak seems determined to remove the £ 20 weekly increase in universal credit payments. The Chancellor's decision will start hitting people's pockets in three weeks.
Government research indicates " catastrophic ” consequences of the decision reduce by 10% income of about 1 million households. In about 400 circumions, more a third of the ffriends with children will be affected. What makes bad policy worse are the spurious lines ministers have taken to try to sell it. The suggestion from Work and Pensions Secretary Therèse Coffey that claimants could work “about two hours of overtime” each week to make up for the loss, was quickly exposed as absurd . The way benefits are calculated for job seekers means that in order to mend a £ 20 hole in household finances, a single adult on UC would have to work an extra day or shift. But the government seems attached to a narrative that falsely describes the work as the virtuous alternative to services.
This post is so blatantly misleading that it is disturbing that anyone spends time or effort attacking Less than half of requesters UC are looking for a job, with 39% are already working (as of December 2020), and an additional 18% are not expected to work because of a disability, or because they are a caregiver or parent The financial difficulties encountered by most of these families are the consequence of a combination of low wages, a dysfunctional housing allocation system, in particular a chronic shortage of social housing, long term underinvestment and lack of subsidies for daycare .
The evidence suggestsrent that the public understands at least part of this. Attitudes have changed since the early 2010s, when conservatives and the right-wing press waged a highly ideological campaign against social benefits and for a greatly reduced state. Now polls show a majority of Tory voters support keep increase .
A U-turn is unlikely. Instead, anti-poverty campaigners hope the distress response to the cuts will force a partial withdrawal, or an increase in the standard allowance (which replaced the base rate of the old benefits) at a later date. As footballer and activist Marcus Rashford has no doubt realized, this is a much harder argument to win than the fight over school meals. Alors that a nation seems set to rise up behind Mr Rashford last year, amplifying his outraged demand that the government should give elementary school students the food they need in the event of a benefit increase is inevitably more complex, requiring greater leaps of sympathy and imagination.
The Resolution Foundation says the government is embarking on the biggest allocation night cut into modern history, comparing it to the catastrophic decrease in unemployment assistance during the Great Depression in 1931. Without the increase, the Remarks from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation , UC n 'will not provide a decent standard of living for those who are going through difficult times. Poverty ruining lives . Those he doesn 't Don't waste it, it makes it hard to enjoy it. It is amazing and appalling that there are 4.2 million children living in poverty in a country as wealthy as the UK. 6 million households claiming UC must sharpen their tools and seek out the voices and stories that will get them through.