Council call on Government to make Universal Credit uplift permanent

Telford & Wrekin Council is calling on Government to keep the £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit, which due to be phased out in September.

Council call on Government to make Universal Credit uplift permanent

The boost of £20 a week started in April 2020 and was deigned to help people through the pandemic which hit people's finances.

Universal Credit Claimants will receive £86.87 a month less once the uplift is phased out.

Councillor Richard Overton, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Community Safety, Customer Services and Welfare Reform, said: 

“This funding has been a life saver for many families during the pandemic, many of whom are in work or want to be in work. 

“People are still struggling following this crisis and this support is still needed.

“This cut in Universal Credit will hit the lowest paid hardest and hurt our economic recovery in Telford and Wrekin. 

“Over six million families, which include 6,205 families in Telford & Wrekin, are set to lose £1,000 a year. 

“Times have been hard, we know that there was a 100% increase in Universal Credit claimants from March 2020 in 16 of our 29 wards in Telford and Wrekin at a time where out of work support has been left at its lowest level in decades.

“Several people are going to struggle financially and be pushed below the poverty line.

“That’s why the council has approved a motion put forward by Cllr Angela McClements and Cllr Gemma Offland to make the Universal Credit uplift permeant.”

Telford and Wrekin Council are encouraging people who are going to struggle financially to look at the help that is out there.

Councillor Richard Overton, added: 

“If you are struggling with a reduced income as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, we have a range of benefits that could help you. 

“There are also a number of government benefits and partner organisations that could assist you. 

“On our website we have a Financial Support and Assistance Guide so people can see all of the support that is available in one place.