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Never mind the facts!

September 13, 2021 6:52 PM
iuy7The government plan to remove the £20 per week uplift in universal credit at the end of the month has come in for a lot of criticism.
For many families with low earning jobs in retail and hospitality this is part of a double whammy which is about to hit them following the increase of 1.25% in national insurance contributions to fund limits of social care costs which will primarily benefit those with high priced properties in southern England who will be able to protect their inheritance . The tax starts to be paid at only £184 per week
The point most people miss about universal credit is that many recipients are in work but not earning enough to live on.
As a comparatively low wage area some 41.8% of UC claimants in the east of England claim the benefit whilst in employment as compared to 39.8% nationally ( see https://lginform.local.gov.uk/reports/lgastandard?mod-metric=13382&mod-area=E92000001&mod-group=AllRegions_England&mod-type=namedComparisonGroup)

Rejecting widespread criticism of the move - predicted to plunge half million more people into poverty local East Suffolk MP and minister at the Department of Works and Pensions Thérèse Coffey pointed to "record numbers of vacancies", as the UK emerges from the Covid pandemic as a reason to continue with the cut

"I'm conscious that £20 a week is about two hours' extra work every week," the work and pensions secretary said. Except that it isn't true. You would have thought that as the minister responsible she would know that because of the way the benefits are tapered an increased wage of £20 would see benefits cut by around £12.50

When confronted with analysis by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) which warned: "There may be an impact on family formation, stability or breakdown as individuals, who are currently just about managing financially, will see their disposable income reduce." Ms Coffey said she had not seen the analysis!!

We have said many times before the incompetence of this government is breathtaking. How can you expect good decisions when the people making them are so ignorant of the facts