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Universal Credit cuts to wipe £500m from household incomes in 54 ‘crimson wall’ seats

Universal Credit cuts to wipe £500m from household incomes in 54 ‘crimson wall’ seats


More than 500,000 households shall be affected by £20-a-week cuts to the profit in 54 constituencies seized by the Tories in 2019

More than £500 million shall be minimize from the incomes of individuals throughout dozens of ‘crimson wall’ seats on account of brutal Tory common credit score cuts.

New evaluation reveals {that a} complete of 501,370 households, together with 340,000 kids, shall be affected within the 54 constituencies taken by the Tories in 2019.

More than 200,000 working individuals in receipt of the profit in these areas will see their earnings slashed by greater than £1,000 a 12 months.

Charities and economists have warned that thousands and thousands of households may very well be pushed into poverty by the transfer which kicked on this week.

Many are already struggling to make ends meet as they grapple with a price of residing disaster that has pushed up power invoice and meals costs.

Labour’s Jonathan Reynolds accused the Government of constructing ‘hole’ guarantees to working individuals



Analysis by Labour utilizing figures from anti-poverty charity Joseph Rowntree Foundation discovered that in 9 ‘crimson wall’ seats taken by the Tories, greater than 12,000 households shall be affected by the minimize, together with Blackpool South, Bolton North East, Burnley and Heywood and Middleton.

Another eight ‘crimson wall’ seats, together with Great Grimsby, Darlington, Lincoln and two Stoke-on-Trent constituencies, will every see greater than 10,000 households hit.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Jonathan Reynolds mentioned: “Hardworking individuals in these constituencies been let down by Conservative tax hikes, provide shortages and cuts to Universal Credit.

“Any promise the Prime Minister makes to raise the living standards of people in this country rings hollow while this cut goes ahead.

“They deserve significantly better than the bluff and bluster of a Government decided to make issues tougher for working individuals.”

The worst ‘red wall’ seat affected is Peterborough, where 18,360 households, including 13,000 children, will be hit by the £20-a-week cut, losing £19m pounds between them. They include 4831 people in work.

Tory Paul Bristow, who took the swing-seat off Labour in 2019 with a majority of just 2,580, has previously suggested keeping the uplift in place would be too expensive.

Next worst is Birmingham Northfield, a marginal seat taken by the Tories for the first time in 27 years at the last election, where 13,480 households, including 10,000 children, will lose £14m between them. More than 4,800 working people will be hit.

Tory MP Gary Sambrook has said the Government is improving living standards by creating jobs instead and accused Labour of “posturing, inflicting division the place there’s no” on the cuts.

The constituencies of high-profile 2019 intake Tory MPs will also be badly affected by the UC cut, including Dehenna Davison’s Bishop Auckland, Christian Wakefield’s Bury South and James Grundy’s Leigh.

More than 9,000 households, including 6,500 children, in Lee Anderson’s Ashfield will lose £9.5m while the cut will hit 9480 households, including 6,294 children, to the tune of £9.9m in Jacob Young’s seat of Redcar.

Just four Tory MPs voted against the Government’s UC cut, which kicks in from this week, in a Labour-held vote on the move last month.

Labour has said it would keep the £20-a-week uplift until it had the chance to replace the benefit with a “fairer” social safety system that enables individuals to maintain extra of the cash they earn.

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