Tuesday 23 February 2021 / 1:33 PM Jonathan Reynolds / Universal Credit

Jonathan Reynolds responds to reports of Universal Credit claimants doubling since beginning of coronavirus pandemic

Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to reports the number of Universal Credit claimants has doubled since the coronavirus pandemic began, said:

“Britain is facing the worst economic crisis of any major economy because of this Government’s incompetence and indecision. As a result millions more families are struggling to get by on Universal Credit.

“Cutting Universal Credit by £20 a week – over £1,000 a year – will push children into poverty and leave out of work support is at its lowest level in decades at a time when unemployment is set to peak.

“Rishi Sunak must take action to secure our economy now by cancelling his economically illiterate cut to Universal Credit.”