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Email your Councillors: Keep the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift

Join the fight to keep six million families afloat

The £20 a week increase to Universal Credit made at the beginning of the pandemic but which is due to end in April has been a lifeline for struggling families.

With unemployment set to hit 1980s levels, we need the government to keep this £20 a week lifeline and extend it to legacy benefits too.  Don't let families be pushed into poverty next Spring. 

ACT NOW

Please take a minute to email your local Councillors. Simply pop your postcode in the box below to get started. Ask your councillors to submit our model motion to the next full council meeting. Read our model motion below. It is in their interest to put pressure on the Prime Minister and his Chancellor to maintain this income boost, because without it in April millions of families could be pushed into poverty and in need of support from their councils.

Why keep the £20? Share your story

The fact is the UK has one of most un-generous social security systems in comparable European countries. The £20 a week increase has only highlighted that the level of benefits were simply not enough to protect the growing number of households forced to turn to them when the crisis hit. It provides a vital  boost to the economy as well through higher household spending! If you have a story to tell about Universal Credit and why the £20 a week rise should be kept, please use this form to share it with us. 

No cuts to Universal Credit – let families keep the £20 increase

Aim: To maintain the income of low and middle income families.

This council notes:

  • Next April the government plans to cut the benefit level for millions of claimants by ending the time limited increase to the basic rate of Universal Credit (and the tax credit equivalent) announced by the Chancellor on 20th March as part of his pandemic response package.
  • The £20 a week boost reflected the reality that the level of benefits were not adequate to protect the swiftly increasing number of households relying on them as the crisis hit. Exactly because that increase was a very significant and welcome move to bolster low- and middle-income families' living standards, its removal will be a huge loss.
  • Pressing ahead would see the level of unemployment support fall to its lowest real-terms level since 1990-91, and its lowest ever relative to average earnings. Indeed, the basic level of out-of-work support prior to the March boost was – at £73 a week (£3,800 a year) – less than half the absolute poverty line.
  • The increase in benefits has had a positive effect on the lives of thousands of local claimants who are better able to pay for life’s essentials such as food, clothing and utilities.
  • The local economy has also benefited from the increase in benefit levels as claimants spend their money locally thereby supporting local businesses and jobs.

    This council resolves to:
  • Write to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak and to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson demanding that the £20 increase to Universal Credit is made permanent and extended to claimants on legacy benefits.
  • Work with other local government organisations to form a coalition to pressure the government to make the £20 increase to Universal Credit permanent.

 

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Ask your Councillors to submit our model motion to the next council meeting calling on the Prime Minister and Chancellor to make the £20 a week increase to Universal Credit permanent. Simply enter your postcode in the box to get started. We've drafted a template letter. But it's much more powerful to write your own so please delete it and start again or add in personal details.

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