Blog: Universal credit uplift was a lifeline during the pandemic – our research shows cutting it will leave families with impossible decisions
The UK’s social security (welfare) system entered the pandemic in exceedingly poor health after years of cuts, ill-equipped to provide support to people who became ill or lost their jobs because of COVID-19. The £20 increase to universal credit was arguably a tacit acknowledgement of the inadequacy of our system, as was the furlough scheme. Although this uplift was always badged as temporary, its removal leaves millions of households facing an immediate 5% loss in their income. While £20 a week may not seem like much, to many families it has been a lifeline which they are terrified to cope without.
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