8 September 2021

PCS opposes Universal Credit cut

PCS opposes the removal of the £20 a week uplift of Universal Credit, particularly at a time when unemployment is likely to increase as a result of the end of the furlough scheme.

In real terms, the government intends to cut Universal Credit payments by between 15% and 25% to all claimants at the end of this month.

PCS welcomed the introduction of the uplift in April 2020 as a measure to support people whose income was impacted by the pandemic.

As key frontline workers, PCS members have worked throughout the pandemic to deliver Universal Credit in jobcentres. They have reported to us that the £20 weekly uplift in UC payments has meant that claimants are better able to engage in job seeking rather than having continuous worries about money.

The cut in UC is likely to plunge many of the most vulnerable and low-paid members of society even deeper into poverty and debt.

Many thousands of PCS members working in DWP, the government department responsible for the delivery of UC, are paid so poorly that they are forced to claim it. They are subject to a public sector pay freeze so the cut in UC, the increase in National Insurance payments on top of the pay freeze will mean that they will take three separate hits from the government in a short space of time. This is scant reward for the support they have given to society throughout the pandemic.

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