The poorest families will be robbed of 7% of their income when the £20-a-week Universal Credit rise is axed from October, experts warned today. Campaigners blasted Chancellor Rishi Sunak for planning to strip hard-up households of the vital lifeline just as unemployment is tipped to peak and the furlough scheme is scrapped. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation said the plans to end the uplift in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit in September – when the furlough scheme also ends – will see half a million people, including 200,000 children, plunged into poverty. Resolution Foundation think-tank chief executive Torsten Bell said: "It’s a very bad idea to be removing the temporary uplift to Universal Credit right at the end of September. "That’s going it exactly when unemployment is expected to rise. "It’s taking away seven per cent of the incomes of the poorest families in Britain in the second half of this year. "The Chancellor shouldn’t be doing that. It will also take the basic level of benefits back to levels we haven’t seen since the early 1990s. "That’s not good for the families concerned and it’s not good for supporting the recovery either." He called for the hike to be… Read full this story
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