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Thousands of people could be “pulled into poverty” and forced to use food banks after changes made to Universal Credit – according to poverty charities.
Claimants will now get £20 less a week – after Tories decided to end the temporary increase brought in as a help measure during the pandemic.
It means the average adult on the standard allowance will see their payments drop from £411.51 to £324.84 a month. On average, the benefit is worth an extra £1,040 a year.
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One single mum from Derbyshire has already spoken out about her fears of not being able to buy Christmas presents for her children following the £20-a-week deduction.
39-year-old Maria Smith told StaffordshireLive she is already trying to reduce her food bill, cancel her subscriptions and use less fuel in a desperate attempt to save money for gifts.
“I’m getting a bit panicky about Christmas,” she admits. “I don’t know how I’m going to afford it.”
Maria added that people in favour of the Universal Credit payment cut have the ‘wrong attitude’.
“They’re all going to need some help at some point from the Government,” she concludes.
“I would work if I could, but I can’t. I really need the help from Universal Credit. I can’t manage if that changes.”
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