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DWP: How Universal Credit cut affects your part of Kent

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Original article from Kent Live

Next month's planned £20-a-week Universal Credit cut will impact more than one-third of all families in the UK.

New analysis has revealed at least one in three working-age families with children are on the benefit.

This is the case for 413 of Britain's 632 parliamentary constituencies.

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Families on Working Tax Credit are also included in the figures, which is set to receive the same cut, reports the Mirror.

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Across the country, the areas hit hardest by the cuts are Yorkshire & the Humber, the North East, North West and West Midlands according to analysis by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The cut is due to ministers ending an 18-month £20-a-week raise that was brought in last year due to COVID.

Enter your postcode below to see how many families are affected in your area.

They say that since the lockdown has come to an end, it is right to bring down the benefits to their initial value – however, no assessment has been made of its impact to the six million Brits claiming Universal Credit.

4,640 families with children will see the £20 cut in Boris Johnson's Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat.

In total, 21% of working-age families, whether they have children or do not, will be hit by the cut.

Katie Schmuecker of the JRF warned it is "the biggest overnight cut to the basic rate of social security since the Second World War."

She added: "This latest analysis lays bare the deep and far-reaching impact that cutting Universal Credit will have on millions of low-income families across Britain.

"Now is the time for all MPs to step up and oppose this cut to their constituents’ living standards.

“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."

Nearly two-out-of-five Universal Credit claimants do have a job, but are still forced to claim due to earning so little or working such few hours.

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Jonathan Reynolds said: “The Government’s £1,000 a year cut will be a hammer blow to millions of families, hitting the lowest paid hardest and hurting our economic recovery.

“Time is running out for the Conservatives to see sense, back struggling families and cancel their cut to Universal Credit.

“Labour would maintain the uplift until we can replace Universal Credit with a fairer social security system.”

Research by Citizens Advice has found that 38% of people on Universal Credit are to be pushed 'into the red' by the cut – or 49% in 'Red Wall' seats.

Citizens Advice staff say they are preparing to see a surge in the number of people requesting "crisis" support due to a "triple whammy" of the cut, rising energy bills and the end of furlough on September 30.

Chief executive Dame Clare Moriarty said: “A cut to Universal Credit this autumn will be a hammer blow to millions of people.

“It undermines our chance of a more equal recovery by tipping families into the red and taking money from the communities most in need.

“The government must listen to the growing consensus that it should reverse course and keep this vital lifeline.”

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