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Tory ‘Purple Wall’ examine outcomes are hit exhausting by common credit score cuts

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More than 50 seats from Tory “Red Wall”, which Labor won in the last election, will be hit hard if family benefits are cut this fall, a new study found.

About one in three households with children in major constituencies on the battlefield will do £ 1,040 a year worse if Covid-related increases to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit are canceled on October 6, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The Anti-Poverty Research Group calculated that ending the £ 20-a-week increase introduced last year will result in “the biggest overnight benefit cut since World War II.”

The political risks of the cuts were underscored by the study, which shows 53 Tory constituencies will lose a third of families with children.

Ten key seats captured by Labor in Boris Johnson’s 2019 landslide – including Blackpool South, Burnley and West Bromwich East – will have an even bigger impact as nearly 60% of families are affected.

Some Tory MPs are still campaigning for a short-term ministerial pardon, but Johnson, Labor and Pensions Minister Therese Coffey and Chancellor Rishi Sunak appear determined to stick with plans to end the survey.

The study found that in 413 constituencies across the UK, more than a third of working-age families with children will be affected by the changes.

In some Labor constituencies, more than three-quarters of families with teenagers will be losing, with Bradford West seeing 84% affected.

Joseph Rowntree FoundationUniversal credit cuts by constituency

The looming cuts will hit the hardest in Yorkshire & the Humber, the Northeast, the Northwest and the West Midlands.

But they will also affect seats like Hastings & Rye (54%) and South Thanet (52%) in the southeast, Peterborough (64%) and Luton South (57%) in the east of England, and Torbay (50%). and Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (48%) to the southwest.

According to the JRF’s analysis, an average of 21% of all working-age families, including those without children, lose more than a thousand pounds a year.

Katie Schmuecker of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said: “We are just over a month away from the UK government introducing the largest daily cut to the social security principle since World War II.

“This latest analysis reveals the deep and far-reaching impact that the universal credit cut will have on millions of low-income families across the UK.

“MPs from across the political spectrum are already expressing deep concern about this proposed cut. Now is the time for all MPs to oppose this cut in the living standards of their constituents.

“Plunging low-income families into deeper poverty and debt, and sucking billions of pounds out of the local economy, is not a way of straightening up.”

Shadow Labor and Pensions Secretary Jonathan Reynolds said the cuts would “be a hammer blow to the millions of worst-paid families and hurt our economic recovery.”

“The Conservatives are running out of time to be sensible, to support struggling families and to stop their universal credit cuts. Labor would keep the upswing until we can replace universal credit with a fairer social security system. “

A DWP spokesman said: “The temporary universal credit hike should, and it has succeeded, help applicants through the economic shock and financial disruption during the toughest periods of the pandemic.

“The Universal Loan will continue to provide a vital safety net, and with the record numbers available alongside the successful introduction of vaccinations, it is right that we are now focusing on our Plan for Jobs and helping applicants increase their income by improving their skills and take up a job. Make progress at work or increase your working hours. “

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