More than 18,000 families in Stamford, Bourne, the Deepings and Rutland face 'devastating blow' of benefit cut
Thousands of families in the area face cuts to their benefits - amid warnings this will be a ‘devastating blow’.
In October, the Government plans to remove the £20 a week extra it paid in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit to families to help them during the pandemic.
Figures released by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation show the number of families in each constituency which currently benefit from this uplift and are set to lose out on £1,040 a year:
- Grantham and Stamford: 8,550 families - of which 5,080 are families with children
- South Holland and the Deepings: 8,240 families - of which 5,050 are families with children
- Rutland and Melton: 5,420 families - of which 3,120 are families with children
Citizens Advice South Lincolnshire (CASL) says the £20 uplift has been a ‘lifeline to many during an exceptionally difficult time’ - and revealed it has helped 3,834 people with Universal Credit issues since the pandemic began.
It believes the October 6 cut will be a ‘devastating blow to the financial security of many people’ and has joined the #KeepTheLifeline campaign, which calls on the Government to reconsider the proposed cut.
The organisation has written to Grantham and Stamford MP Gareth Davies (Con), and Sir John Hayes (Con), who is MP for South Holland and the Deepings.
CASL chief officer, Simon Richards said: “We recognise the importance of the uplift to the continued wellbeing of our local communities, and have contacted our local MPs to ask them to highlight the importance of the uplift and the difference it makes to our local communities.
“It is vital that the uplift is retained going forward so that people do not fall into hardship.”
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation described the October 6 cut as the biggest overnight drop to social security since the Second World War - and says Grantham and Stamford and South Holland and the Deepings are two of the 413 constituency areas where more than a third of families with children hit.
Katie Schmuecker, deputy director of policy and partnerships at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said: “Plunging low-income families into deeper poverty and debt as well as sucking billions of pounds out of local economies is no way to level up. It’s not too late for the Prime Minister and Chancellor to listen to the huge opposition to this damaging cut and change course.”