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SNP MP calls on Gedling MP Tom Randall to help cancel cut to Universal Credit

An increase was implemented at the start of the pandemic to help people on the bread line, however it is due to be removed at the end of this month.

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An SNP MP is calling on Gedling MP Tom Randall to help get a a cut to Universal Credit cancelled.

David Linden, who represents Glasgow East for the Scottish National Party said thousands of people would be made worse off by the UK government’s plans to remove the £20 uplift to Universal Credit.

The increase was implemented at the start of the pandemic to help people on the bread line, however it is due to be removed at the end of this month.

In a lteer to Mr Randall, which he also shared with Gedling Eye, he wrote: “There are only a matter of weeks now until the uplift to Universal Credit is cruelly removed from millions of people by the Chancellor.

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“Although the uplift was designed to be temporary, the difference it has made has been incredible. There is a huge body of anecdotal evidence to support this. My own local food bank has seen a 75 per cent reduction to the number of single people who require their help since the uplift was introduced.

“It is little wonder that hundreds of charitable organisations have been campaigning to stop the cut. It is now abundantly clear that the standard allowance of Universal Credit was too low before the pandemic and this moment must be seized to right that wrong.

He added: “We hear from the Government benches that ‘work is the best route out of poverty’ when ministers are challenged over the impending cut. But Universal Credit is not an out-of-work benefit.

As many as 40% of the households which rely on Universal Credit are working households. And over the course of the pandemic, many found themselves jobless for the first time in their adult lives.

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“It was right that Universal Credit was boosted to help them. It would be equally wrong for that extra money to be taken from those who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in a similar position in future.

The MP then called on Mr Randall to help ‘hardworking people’.

He wrote: “This is the time for Conservative MPs to decide whether they will stand by hardworking people, or stand by while millions of families face the choice between eating and heating this winter.”

Gedling Eye has contacted Mr Randall’s office for comment.

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