Saturday 23 January 2021 / 10:34 PM Jonathan Reynolds / Universal Credit

Jonathan Reynolds responds to reports of Universal Credit cut

Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to reports in the Sunday Telegraph that the Chancellor intends to cut Universal Credit and introduce a one-off payment, said:

“It is deeply irresponsible for the Chancellor to be winding down support for families with his cut to Universal Credit that will leave unemployment support at a 30 year low.

“Britain has had the worst recession of any major economy because of exactly this kind of sticking plaster decision by a Chancellor who seems incapable of planning for the future.

“With jobs being lost each day and the furlough cliff edge looming, a one off payment rather than the extension of the uplift will mean that anyone who needs support after April when unemployment is set to peak will fall through the gaps.

“The Government should do the right thing and secure our economy by cancelling the cut to Universal Credit.”