Friday 26 February 2021
We’re Citizens Advice. Here’s 3 things we said this week.
1. The Chancellor has a crucial opportunity at the Budget next week
With every benefit application and foodbank referral, our advisers see — first-hand — the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the devastation of this crisis. Now, though, they face the difficult task of warning families their incomes are set to be cut by £20 a week from April. Maintaining the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift for at least a year is the right thing to do — and the Chancellor must use the Budget on Wednesday as an opportunity to intervene.
Read our Acting Chief Executive, Alistair Cromwell’s, opinion piece in the Yorkshire Post, ‘Why Universal Credit lifeline for poor must be maintained in Budget’.
2. “I didn’t choose this new lifestyle. After working for 30 years it’s devastating to see everything just go up in smoke.”
Elaine was furloughed last March before being made redundant in October. Since then, she’s applied for Universal Credit and has been looking for jobs — but has found it an uphill struggle. For Elaine, the £20 a week uplift to the benefit has been the difference, allowing her to scrape by week-by-week despite higher heating and food bills following the new year. With almost 6 million people now claiming Universal Credit, many people may face financial turmoil if the uplift isn’t extended for at least a year.
3. Have you ever had an employer like Terry?
Has your employer ever told you you won’t get paid if you take time off? In our latest TikTok we tackle Terry, a manager who doesn’t know employees get statutory holiday, and share advice on your entitlement to paid holidays as a worker.