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To: Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey and Chancellor Rishi Sunak
Keep the social security lifeline
Keep the lifeline of the £20 Universal Credit increase, instead of cutting it this October, and extend it to people on legacy benefits.
Why is this important?
Social security should be strong enough for all of us to rely on when we need a lifeline – because, as the pandemic has shown us, life is full of things we can’t plan for.
We should be secure in knowing that social security will protect us when we're at risk of being pulled into poverty, and will be strong enough to pull us out. It should ensure stability and open up options and opportunities. But a lifeline that’s left to wear thin and threadbare isn't strong enough to pull families like mine safely through hard times.
Cuts and freezes to our levels of social security have left many of us unable to meet our families’ everyday needs. Instead of being pulled out of poverty, we’ve been put at risk of being pulled deeper into it.
The extra £20 has made a huge difference to me, and many others. It means I can afford one weekly shop, which has been good when I’ve been isolating. Without it, I don’t know what I’d do. If the £20 is taken away I’d struggle to keep the gas and electric on and do my weekly shop.
As we look to rebuild our society, ‘level up’ and ‘build back better’, it would make no sense at all to weaken social security support by cutting £20 a week from millions of families’ already-precarious incomes.
The Government has a choice: to go ahead with its plan to cut support by £20 a week this October, adding to the insecurity people face, or keep this lifeline and the stability families need. It must also ensure people who are still receiving legacy benefits, many of whom are disabled or carers, are no longer left out of this vital improvement to support.
That’s why I set up this petition, calling on the Government to act with compassion and do the right thing. Please will you sign my petition to urge the Government to keep the £20 lifeline, and to extend it to people on legacy benefits?
Joanna - petition starter and Universal Credit claimant from Malvern.