The Chancellor of the Exchequer has set out the government’s spending plans in today’s Budget. The full details of these are available here.
In response, Emma Revie, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, said:
“Today’s Budget has failed to give security to families on the lowest incomes by refusing to extend the Universal Credit uplift for the full, difficult year ahead. While it’s right the government extended the uplift by six months, this short-term fix does not address the serious hardship and uncertainty families will face when it is removed in September.
“We know removing the uplift could drive more than one million people to food banks and many more people are expected to need Universal Credit as unemployment rises.
“This isn’t right. We know this can change. We and our partners are urgently calling on the Chancellor to re-think and extend the uplift to 12 months at the very least, preventing people up and down the country from being swept into poverty in the wake of the pandemic.
“It’s time to build a better future together, taking action to create a stronger, more just society where everyone can afford the basics.”
For more information contact the Trussell Trust Press Office at 020 3137 3699 or [email protected]