Universal Credit: Mother desperately calls for uplift extension
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Gemma told Adrian Chiles on Tuesday how she was working in a care home before she caught the virus but has now been left with “severe health problems” due to complications of long Covid. Choking up, the desperate mum said she is now going to have to make life-changing decisions following the Universal Credit uplift cut which comes into force today making 4.4 million households worse off.
Gemma said: “I won’t be able to pay for my prescription, I won’t be able to pay for my daughter’s to dance – I won’t be able to even pay necessities.
“I was hoping they would increase the Universal Credit a little bit – I won’t be able to pay for rent or anything.”
On top of this, she told the show how she has also been left with severe long Covid.
She said the condition has tragically left her with ”heart disease, liver disease, and lung disease”.
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Gemma slammed how doctors “still don’t know how long it’ll last”.
The desperate mother concluded how the condition has been “life-changing” as she feared for her future as she becomes financially worse off.
The uplift cut will see recipients lose £1,040 annually as many will be forced to make serious decisions on their lives with many saying they will have to choose between eating and heating this winter.
The cut comes following a decision by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) who agreed that every person receiving Universal Credit should receive an increase of £20 per week due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mum says she has 'nothing left' without Universal Credit uplift
But the DWP argues this uplift was always supposed to be a short-term temporary measure, but while it was originally planned to end in March 2021, it was further extended until October as Britain struggled to emerge from the pandemic.
It comes as the cut of the temporary uplift has been described as “the single biggest overnight cut in the history of the welfare state”, affecting one in 14 British workers.
While by removing this uplift, charities have said poverty could increase among the six million claimants of Universal Credit.
Research has shown that 40 percent of these claimants – over two million people – are already in work.
The Government justifies the cuts saying they are aiming to move more people into work, enabling them to make more money.
This week the Chancellor extended the Government’s Kickstart Scheme helping young people on Universal Credit to find work will be extended to March next year.
It will deliver funding for employers offering new job roles for 16-24 years olds who are currently in receipt of Universal Credit.
Universal Credit is a payment designed to help those out of work, unable to work, or who are on a low income.
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