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If this is what Tories call help, then they need to buy a better dictionary.

The small print of Rishi Sunak’s Budget offers a couple of crumbs to claimants of Universal Credit.

Readers of This Site will be well aware that UC claimants must wait five weeks for their first payment – an eternity in which the only option for many of them, if they want to survive, is to request an advance.

That money is then paid back, in the form of 30 per cent of subsequent UC payments, over the course of the claimant’s first year on the so-called benefit.

But Mr Sunak’s Budget includes changes: the money will be paid back at the rate of 25 per cent, over the course of two years.

But here’s the punchline – and it’s a punch in the face: this will not even start to happen until October 2021.

It is no use at all to any current Universal Credit claimants.

Campaigners working to help benefit claimants wanted the five-week wait to be ended altogether. Fat chance.

They also wanted an above-inflation benefit uprating to restore their value – and were disappointed.

The UK’s Conservatives want to persecute vulnerable people – especially benefit claimants – and will continue to do so for as long as the electorate keeps voting them into office.

Source: DWP gives Universal Credit families longer to repay debt – but not everyone is helped – Mirror Online

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