As many as 13% of hard-pressed families across the Newbury constituency face being left worse off when the government end the uplift to Universal Credit next month.
New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exposes the true nature of how badly some areas will be hit by the £20 Universal Credit cut, which is opposed by the local Liberal Democrats.
In the report, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimate that the Universal Credit cut alone could force 500,000 people, almost half of them children, into poverty. Their breakdown shows that some 5910 families in Newbury will be harmed by the governments uplift cut, with 25% of families with children in Newbury being affected adversely.
Responding to the data, Lee Dillon, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Newbury, said:
"This heartless and needless cut will do untold damage to so many of our local families who have relied on Universal Credit to get through the pandemic. There is no question that the Government has to reverse it and support normal working people here. Newbury's Liberal Democrats are calling for the Universal Credit uplift to be made permanent."
“Just as we begin to hope that Covid is being tamed in the UK, the Government is ripping support from millions of families across the country. We cannot have a full recovery if families are struggling to make ends meet.
“The Prime Minister's claim that he wants people to live by their own 'efforts' rather than 'welfare' shows how out of touch he really is. With almost half of those receiving Universal Credit already in work and with many having young families, this cut will leave parents and their children behind despite their efforts."