One in six new universal credit claimants forced to skip meals during Covid crisis

It isn’t news that people claiming Universal Credit are forced to starve – especially in the five weeks before they receive any payments at all.

But the Tories have been making a big deal of their generosity in providing the benefit – along with a £20 uplift – to more people during the Covid-19 crisis.

Now we see the facts:

Many people claiming universal credit for the first time during the pandemic were unable to put aside enough cash to save £10 a month, eat healthily or regularly, or pay bills because the benefit payment was inadequate to meet basic living costs, a study has found.

A survey of the experiences of thousands of people who signed on after losing their job under lockdown concludes that even with the temporary £20 a week Covid-19 uplift many struggled to bridge the gap between benefits and living costs without borrowing from family, running up credit card debt, or using food banks.

Two-thirds of all claimants reported suffering financial strain, with one in six new claimants skipping a meal in the previous two weeks, and more than 60% reporting they would be unable to replace or repair electrical goods if they broke, or put aside enough cash to save £10 a month.

The fact is that Universal Credit is a sham that provides only enough in payment for the Tory government to make their claims – when in fact it plunges claimants into debt, and often into mental illness.

There are many reports of suicides among benefit claimants and the information above suggests ample evidence to support their reasons.

Source: One in six new universal credit claimants forced to skip meals | Society | The Guardian

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1 thought on “One in six new universal credit claimants forced to skip meals during Covid crisis

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    RTU IDs shameful scheme of things it’s cost
    More than it ever saved billions would the peasants ever realise that billions had to be
    Spent just to get it of the ground reset after 14 15 billion spent 28 billion now we don’t hear
    Whots it costing they could have saved billions
    Had they stuck to social security method but
    That wasn’t RTU IDs famously telling us he could
    Live of fifty quid a week not when he was using
    Tax payers monies to buy a breakfast at 39 pounds whot a imp hay UC is just a stick to beat the peasants with nothing more the poor house
    Would look like a holiday compared to it

    Reply

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