Benefit claimants at risk of going hungry if uplift removed

National poverty charity Turn2us has warned against removing the value uplift to Universal Credit introduced during the pandemic after a survey of people claiming Universal Credit found that almost two-thirds (62%) said they’d struggle to afford food without the £20 uplift. The £20 uplift was introduced at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to support people who were struggling with loss of income.

Quotes from service users on what the consequences of the uplift being removed would be for them include:

“I would need to choose between paying bills and buying food. I had to do this before the uplift.”

“I’ve been able to buy more fresh food and not cheap fatty foods. I’ll have to go back to a poor diet and obesity.” 

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