Scrap the cuts that will leave 3.2m worse off Pressure grows for benefits U-turn
THERESA May is under growing pressure to reform Universal Credit as a report said the policy will leave 3.2million households £50 a week worse off compared with tax credits.
The move comes after Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey admitted some claimants would be hit by the new system.
She is said to have told colleagues some families could miss out on up to £200 a month.
The report, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, revealed that as a result of Tory cuts almost three million children across the UK are locked in poverty, despite living in a working family. The SNP yesterday called on the Government to immediately halt the rollout of Universal Credit.
The party’s social justice spokesman Neil Gray said the report was another damning indictment of the policy and the Tories’ record on poverty.
Gray said: “The botched rollout of Universal Credit has left a path of devastation.”
He added that it had cut “household incomes by hundreds or even thousands of pounds a year, taken support away from the disabled and forced families to rely on food banks and emergency aid just to get by.
“After a decade of failed Tory cuts, it is vital that the UK Government uses the forthcoming Budget to end austerity, reverse the cuts to social security, and deliver meaningful investment to boost household incomes.”
Philip Hammond could axe plans to cut taxes for the middle classes and instead pump money into Universal Credit.
The Chancellor is said to be considering ditching the promise to raise the level at which workers start paying income tax to find an extra £2billion for the benefits system.
Pressure for change on Universal Credit has been growing, with ex-prime ministers John Major and Gordon Brown warning it could become another poll tax for the Tories.
ADMISSION Work and Pensions Secretary said some claimants would lose out. Pic: Getty