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Save the Children's response to calls for £20 increase in Universal Credit to stay in place

London, 21 July 2021- In response to the Parliamentary committees across the UK urging the government to keep the £20 a week increase in Universal Credit, Save the Children’s Director of UK Impact, Dan Paskins, said

"We are pleased to see the chairs of four welfare committees from around the UK, call on the Chancellor, to keep in place the £20 a week increase to Universal Credit, past September.

"The £20 increase has been a lifeline for families, and many we work with have told us they have relied on it to buy food and essentials for themselves and their children. The government says that work is the best route out of poverty - but many families receiving Universal Credit are already working, and if this cut goes ahead, even more children and families will be pushed into poverty and hardship.

"All children deserve to grow up with the opportunities they need to develop and thrive. Now is the time for the government to listen to the growing number of voices expressing support, and abandon plans to cut Universal Credit this autumn."



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