Are recipients on the edge of a precipice?


Today,Trevor McKeever Beam Park Labour Prospective Candidate writes in the Havering Daily:

What does the removal of the £20 Universal Credit Uplift mean for these families?

Does it mean heating or eating?

We are not being made aware of the pressures that will intervene and push more parents and their children deeper into poverty.

Some of the media would like you to think that the people who are receiving the Uplift are non-working dole scroungers. This is not the case. These are people with full time jobs – your NHS workers, your shop assistants, your key workers who have battled through Covid to maintain services for us all.

It is expected that half a million more people will be pushed into poverty, with working families making up the majority. An estimated 200,000 children will suffer.

This will affect 18,000 to 19,000 Havering residents, without adding in the 3.2% inflation rise and the 5.4% council tax increase. Energy bills are also going up, plus transport costs. National Insurance is going to be hiked by a rise of 1.5%. How are low paid people on Universal Credit supposed to survive? This is 2021 not 1821.

In this country the gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing at an alarming rate.

We are one of the richest countries in the world and yet we are returning to the dark Dickensian days of exploitation what with Zero Hours Contracts and Fire and Rehire.

I hope the government will see the bigger picture and leave the Uplift in place. I for one do not want to see and ever-growing number of adults and children living in poverty.

Trevor McKeever
Prospective Labour Candidate for Beam Park

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