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The government has confirmed that the £20 uplift to Universal credit (UC) is to end, slashing the income of millions of people .

But claimants will not receive a letter telling them that their income is going to be cut by £20 in 10 weeks’ time. Instead there will be a notice in their journal telling them what their payment will be in October.

Six million people will be affected by the cut and the Joseph Rowntree Trust has warned that it will plunge half a million more people into poverty, including 200,000 children.

Around half of all UC claimants only started claiming during the pandemic and so have never experienced rates plunging as low as they will in October.

Boris Johnson has argued that “the emphasis has got to be about getting people into work” in spite of the fact that 37% of those affected are in work and many others are unable to work.

Meanwhile, legacy benefits claimant who never received the £20 uplift will be waiting for the result of a judicial review due to be heard in September, when a judge will be asked to declare that the failure to treat legacy benefits claimants in the same way as UC claimants was unlawful.

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#5 UB40 Rumrunner 2021-08-04 23:18
There we have it 37% claiming in "work" great economics that. Watch this space. Absolute hell awaits many. In real terms, people receiving benefits will be worse off than 20plus years ago.

So, with the latest Tory cutbacks and UC to be scraped dressed up as 'was only ever to be temporary' where effectively, in real terms, incomes for benefit claimants will now be back to 2011 level. Strange how none of the clever people point this out to Bozo and Co in the media.
+1 #4 ThisGovernmentsGoneToFar 2021-07-27 13:17
Latest on the UC uplift to legacy benefits.

Judicial Review challenge to the failure to uplift legacy benefits will take place. It is listed for a final hearing on 28-29 September 2021. https://mobile.twitter.com/willfordosblaw/status/1419638981638213638

Wishing them well for the right outcome.
+2 #3 ThisGovernmentsGoneToFar 2021-07-27 03:27
Mrfibro, This is only to be expected by this inept corrupt government?

A lot will suffer over this, I'm hoping that justice prevails for those on legacy benefits as well as we all no the government despise the ill and disabled it's been proven time and time again.

So many have lobbied against this cut to UC and the government don't give to hoots.
+3 #2 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2021-07-26 20:33
Oh by the way forgot to mention, disabled people had an increase in their additional costs during the pandemic too, not just UC.
+3 #1 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2021-07-26 20:32
Why did legacy benefit claimants also not get the £20 quid rise during the pandemic in the same way as UC claimant's got ?


And don't blame it on.... it would had costed too much to change systems over to make the 20 quid adjustment in peoples benefits.

You just couldn't make it up if you tried.

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