STUC condemns cuts to Universal Credit

October 6th 2021

STUC condemns cuts to Universal Credit

October 6th 2021

  • 40% of Universal Credit Claims, over two million people, are in work.

STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:

“The UK Government’s decision to scrap the weekly £20 Universal Credit uplift is a disgrace. By doing so, the UK Government have deliberately pushed people, including many low paid workers, into deeper levels of poverty. Cutting this lifeline at any time is unacceptable, but to do so during the height of a health and jobs crisis is completely unforgivable. Well before the pandemic struck, the levels of poverty and inequality throughout the UK were shameful.

“We welcome the Scottish Government’s criticism of the UK Governments’ decision to remove the £20 uplift on Universal Credit, and call on the Scottish Government to use every resource in their power to prevent the escalation of poverty in Scotland including increased funding for public services to create quality, well paid work, to double the Scottish Child Payment as soon as possible and to expand free school meals to all pupils.”

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