Yesterday the government enacted its cut to Universal Credit. The cut, which will reduce UC by a £1000 a year, comes amidst food and fuel shortages, rising taxes, and a rapid increase in cost of living expenses.
On a Facebook post Luke talked about the impact on Plymouth:
“The £20 a week Universal Credit uplift is set to end tomorrow, it’s a decision from the Tories that’s nothing short of disgraceful.
The £20 a week uplift has been a lifeline for so many during the pandemic. It’s meant that families in Plymouth have been able to put food on the table and keep roofs over their heads. Despite outcry from dozens of charities, campaign groups and the prospect of soaring energy bills this winter looming, the Government still intends to cut it.
The impact this cut will have on Plymouth will be stark, with the 14,392 people currently receiving UC in my patch set to lose out on £1000 a year as a result of it.
The Government still has a chance to reverse this decision and avoid plunging thousands of children across the country into poverty.
I will keep fighting to #CanceltheCut“