To: Rishi Sunak, chancellor
The government plans to cut £20 a week from the incomes of Britain’s poorest people – but there is still time to stop them.
The £20 ‘uplift’, worth over £1,000 a year in total, was added to universal credit as the pandemic started. This has been a lifeline for people who have lost their job because of coronavirus, or had their hours or pay cut.
But even though the virus is still spreading, chancellor Rishi Sunak is trying to cut back on the funding.
Labour MPs forced a House of Commons vote on the issue, but the Conservatives ordered their MPs to abstain so that the government could ignore parliament’s views.
We call on the chancellor to use his upcoming budget to commit to making no cuts to universal credit.