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Reverse the cut in universal credit

07 October, 2021

‘Problem debt disproportionately affects the most vulnerable in our society’

• THE government has already ended much of the financial support provided to help people through the Covid-19 pandemic and this week it made the universal credit uplift £20 cut.

These cuts risk a Covid debt crisis as 11 million people have built up £25billion in arrears and debt since March 2020.

Where I live, in Streatham, 15,129 people who receive universal credit will be affected by this cut. This includes 6,150 people who are also currently in-work.

Problem debt disproportionately affects the most vulnerable in our society, and is higher among low-income households, women, lone parents, communities of colour, people with disabilities and renters.

This Covid debt crisis threatens to weigh down our community for years to come, worsening inequalities and making a genuine economic recovery impossible.

As well as reversing the £20 cut to universal credit the government seriously needs to tackle problem debt in the United Kingdom and this means introducing grants and making it easier for those in problem debt to write it down in a fair and manageable way.

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