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Your help can make a difference. We’re calling on UK political party leaders to make sure Universal Credit protects people from going without the essentials. You can join thousands of people who are taking a stand and urging party leaders to take action.

Our petition calls on UK political party leaders to support the introduction of an Essentials Guarantee within Universal Credit to ensure that the basic rate at least covers life’s essentials, such as food and bills.

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We need an Essentials Guarantee

The basic rate of Universal Credit should at least cover the cost of essentials like food, household bills and travel costs, but it is not currently set according to any objective assessment of what people need.

Right now, this is only £85 a week for a single adult. That means there’s a significant shortfall between people’s living costs and their income, which is forcing many to skip meals, switch off essential appliances such as fridges, and unable to pay essential bills.

That’s why we’re working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to call for an Essentials Guarantee within Universal Credit, which means the basic rate at least covers life’s essentials and that support can never be pulled below that level. Read more on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation website.

Poverty is all around us, it is likely there will be people going hungry on your street, at your work, or someone you wave to on the school run. Many are trying to survive on ever decreasing budgets and that is why it is imperative that Universal Credit rates increase so that everyone can afford to buy the essentials.

Lynsey Agnew, CEO Lisburn Foodbank