In less than a week, around 6 million people across the UK are set to lose £86 per month from their welfare support, as the government prepares to cut the amount people receive on Universal Credit.
A £20 weekly increase in benefits was brought in during the COVID-19 pandemic to help struggling families, but ministers plan to remove it on 1 October, as they say it was always intended to be a “temporary measure”. .
The government has come under pressure, including the Conservatives on its own back bench, to keep top-up payments after warnings that rising energy prices and rising living costs mean it has to pull up the regeneration. “Worst Time”
But the cut is set to move forward. a government spokesman said Granthshala Uplift was “designed to help claimants through the economic shock and financial disruption of the hardest phases of the pandemic, and it has done so”.
As they prepare for the low support provision from next month, universal loan claimants have reported Granthshala How are they feeling?
Keri Purvis, 39, Middlesbrough, carer of 15-year-old disabled son
I lost my partner in 2015. He died two weeks before we got married. It was very sudden. Because we weren’t married, I didn’t get the benefit of bereavement. I have three children and my son is disabled.
My partner was a full time earner. He was paid weekly. Getting Universal Credit once a month is a reality check. It lasts for about two and a half weeks. I often have to depend on my mother for the rest of the month.
The £20 raise helped massively. I could buy my children’s school uniforms and get a broadband connection in my home for homeschooling. It felt like a ton of bricks had come off me.
I’m trying not to think about the cut. It completely fills me with dread. I don’t know what I am going to do. Gas and electricity prices are going up and food prices have gone up, but they’re taking £86 from us – it’s horrifying.
Anthony Lyman, 35, Northampton, out of work due to illness
I have been on Universal Credit since 2019, when I faced a crisis with my mental health and had to quit my job to support special needs. I used to love my job, but unfortunately life affects you. I got sick.
I recently went through custody proceedings for my daughter, whom I care for half the time, and am trying to get through this with my son. But as a single father, it is very difficult to find the support you need to run your family.
We are already dependent on the local food bank. I use my sickness benefits for the daily running of the house. We are already on a knife’s edge.
These hardships being imposed on us are going to prolong the recovery rate of people like me. I’m just trying to keep a brave face for my kids.
Sonja Ferguson, 47, South London, working part time
My job as a palliative caregiver in a private home ended in June. My partner is self employed but not earning anything during the lockdown. We had to go to Universal Credit.
I didn’t know about this uplift. I was shocked when I found out that it was being removed. We will get £390 every month. It’s not going to cover everything for both of us. Got something to give.
I am pursuing a course in Criminology and Psychology. This will give me a better chance to advance in my career. I am also working part time. I work the night shift and go to university from there. It’s tedious, but you do what you need to do.
I hope to be able to exit Universal Credit soon. But I’ve worked all my life, and paid taxes, and I need it right now – and it’s not enough.
Brookmorgan Henry-Raney, 23, South London, founder of the social enterprise She Oath
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /