Glasgow hardest hit by ‘devastating’ reduction in universal credit

Glasgow contains the three Scottish constituencies that will be hardest hit by the reduction in universal credit, according to a study.

A £ 20 increase in weekly payments, which was part of the UK government’s covid support, is expected to end in October.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has analyzed which constituencies in the British Parliament will be most affected by the reduction.

Across Scotland, research has found that 37% of working-age families with children would lose £ 1,034 a year.

Glasgow contains the three constituencies in which more than half of all families with children would be affected: Glasgow center (63%) Glasgow South West (55%) and Glasgow North East (54%).

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Among the constituencies in which more than four in ten families with children will be affected are Dundee West (49%); Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (44%); Aberdeen North (42%) North Ayrshire and Arran (43%).

Chris Birt, deputy director for Scotland at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said: “In just over a month, in the face of widespread opposition, the UK government plans to impose the biggest cut in the base rate. social security overnight since World War II. War.

“The removal of universal credit will have profound and devastating consequences for many families with children across Scotland.

“Child poverty was already on the rise before Covid-19, it is a scandal that the UK government’s strategy for economic recovery is to plunge already struggling families into deeper poverty and debt.”

He added: “Now is the time for MPs and MPs of all stripes to stand up and oppose this cut in the incomes of their constituents.

“It is not too late for the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to change course and reverse this decision.

“While the responsibility for this devastating reduction lies with the UK government, it underscores the urgent need to fully roll out and double the Scottish Child Payment to support families with children in Scotland.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the government “has not finished helping people” despite the end of the temporary £ 20 increase.

During a visit to Scotland last month he said the aim was to help people find work and the latest labor market data was ‘really positive’.

A UK government spokesperson said: “The temporary increase in universal credit was designed to help applicants get through the economic shock and financial turmoil of the most difficult stages of the pandemic, and it has.

“Universal Credit will continue to provide a vital safety net and with record vacancies, alongside the successful rollout of immunization, it is only right that we now focus on our employment plan, helping applicants increase their income. by improving their skills and finding work, progressing in their work or increasing their hours.

“The Scottish Parliament has significant social powers and can supplement existing benefits, make discretionary payments and create entirely new benefits in areas of delegated responsibility.”

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