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Latest news | Glasgow MP demands halt to Universal Credit cut

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Glasgow MP demands halt to Universal Credit cut

Glasgow South MP, Stewart McDonald, has written to the Department of Work and Pensions demanding the UK Government's reverse the decision to remove the £20 per week uplift to Universal Credit.

In October, the UK Government plans to cut the payment increase that has been in place since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Research this week from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that people in Glasgow will suffer the most in Scotland from the looming cut to Universal Credit.

Stewart McDonald MP said:

"The £20 uplift to Universal Credit has provided a vital lifeline to those struggling through the pandemic, though many families were already finding things difficult before Covid, and it is evident that removing this uplift will have a devastating impact.

"Despite countless pleas, the UK Government continue to unjustly exclude thousands of people who are in receipt of legacy benefits from this additional support, many of whom are disabled or have health conditions, and have faced higher costs throughout the pandemic.

"Removing this vital lifeline when it is needed the most is unacceptable, and it will put thousands at risk of poverty and financial hardship.

"The UK Government must do what is right to protect those hit hardest by the pandemic and economic circumstances - the planned cut must be immediately halted."

See Stewart McDonald's letter to DWP here

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