Mathew McGauley says he will vote for any party that restores the uplift, while other claimants say they are now so disillusioned with politicians they will never vote again
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A Conservative voter on Universal Credit says he won’t vote for the party again unless it reverses its decision to scrap the weekly £20 uplift to the benefit.
The temporary increase in the benefit was announced in March last year as the first lockdown began, but this is being phased out from this week .
One claimant of Universal Credit is Mathew McGauley, who says he has voted Conservative in the last four general elections but that the scrapping of the weekly £20 uplift is the last straw.
He wrote to his local Sleaford MP, Caroline Johnson, to say: “With the cost of living already going through the roof I find it utterly heartless that the government will leave families like my own choosing between heating our home or eating.
“I appreciate it was only a temporary measure but since then the cost living has skyrocketed and is set to continue rising. It’s nearly winter, and in turn Christmas, how can anyone think this is the right time to take away the uplift?
“Please please don’t leave me politically homeless by allowing this to happen.”
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McGauley said he would vote for any party, including Labour, if they brought back the uplift.
He added: “Please have the heart to get Boris to grow a heart and keep the uplift. Its a vote winner, and to remove it is utterly scandalous at this moment in time.”
Another Universal Credit claimant affected by the loss of the £20 uplift says she cannot bring herself to vote again.
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However, the Carer’s Allowance has been deducted from the couple’s PIP, leaving them worse off.
She says the rising cost of living combined with the Universal Credit £20 cut is leaving them £30 worse off each week.
Lawrence said: “Now we have been told that our gas and electricity is going up by £40 a month.
“We both started work as soon as we left school and worked for a total of 63 years between us, and this is the way we are treated.
“Our politicians can spend on an evening out what we have to live on for a month. I shan’t be voting again for anyone.”
Some five million households are on Universal Credit.
The £80 increase, described as a lifeline for many families, was introduced at the height of the pandemic last year, to help reduce the pressure on those affected by Covid.
It means the average adult on the standard allowance will see their payments drop from £411.51 to £324.84.
On average, the benefit is worth an extra £1,040 a year.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has insisted the £billion boost will end in October despite charities pleading for it to be made permanent.
Downing Street has also confirmed the cut will be final .