Universal Credit Cut Affects Numerous Citizens of Cheshire


The cut in the Universal credit is affecting the lives of multiple residents of Cheshire.

Regardless of the severe criticism of the plan, the government goes forward to stop the short-term £20 increase per week, which was initially proposed during the COVID-19.

After introducing this cut on Wednesday (6th October), the likelihood of people being kicked into scarcity has increased. There is a lot of fear that a third of claimants might get trapped into an unending chain of debt.

The Director of the Resolution Foundation, Mr Torsten Bell, remarked that approximately 4.4 million families, 5.1 million teenagers and 3.5 million kids will notice the income fall by £1,000.

A report contains detailed statistics provided to Cheshire live by the sector for Work and Pensions. It showed that during August, almost 27,592 people get benefited from Universal credit in Cheshire West and Chester. In East Cheshire, this number is 25,454; similarly, Halton and Warrington have 16,013 and 17,420 people, respectively, who receive the Universal Credit. So, the total numbers are almost 86,479 throughout the country.

The administrative of West Cheshire Food Bank, Ian Oulton said, “Right now, we can’t predict the after-effects; all we know is that it will surely affect people in any way.”

He further said: “From the start of previous year till March, we distributed not less than 6,000 parcels, which means to provide food for approximately 13,000 people (out of which 5,000 are kids).”

After the introduction of uplift, we observed a clear fall in the need for vouchers. In my opinion, it doesn’t take a mastermind to figure out that reverse may happen.

“We are facing the two unpleasant things at the same time; the shortage of enough fuel and heating homes. We really don’t want to see the people on a borderline where they have to choose one thing between their families and heating costs.”

“It’s good that the Government helps wherever it can, and grants £500 to councils, but its equal to spit in the sea when compared to the irreversible cuts in Universal Credit.”

“They try to console by saying it will not last for too long and I feel it is worst for those who rely on the Universal Credit, to suddenly receive that welcome uplift, and that’s been carried away.”

“The notable thing is that most of the people have become habitual to the Universal Credit before its introduction, and unluckily now it’s gone.

“Right now, it’s not impacting people much, but I observe that people are worried that it can be problematic in future.”

“The term cut in a broader sense means that the people of age 25 and below will have to bear the cut in their weekly income, i.e., a sudden drop from £79 to £59. In addition, the couples will notice the fall from £137 to £117, that’s quite unpleasant for everyone.

A survey reveals that almost 5.8 million people across the UK, Scotland and Wales have the Universal Credit. 40% of them are those who have jobs.

The expenses of energy, petrol and foodstuff are increasing, and the inflation rate is raised to 4%, stated by the Bank of England.

The labours across the country are urging people to force the government to “cancel the cut”.

On Wednesday, Weaver Vale MP Amesbury told “Almost 6,738 of my workers have to bear a rising rate of inflation and the estimate cut from their budget is £20 per week, you can say £1,000 in a year.

A Government representative said, “The people should keep one thing in mind that the uplift in the Universal Credit was short-term. The motive behind it was to help people to find solution for their financial problems during the hard times of pandemic.”

“The Universal Credit is giving relief to everyone and will continue doing so, and it is right that the Government should pay heed to Jobs, helping people in getting back to work and motivating the employed to explore many other ways of earning.”


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