The Institute for Fiscal Studies reported yesterday that:
Almost all [Universal Credit] claimants are benefiting from the temporary £20 per week uplift in UC, due to expire at the end of September.
How much that uplift matters to family incomes varies substantially. On average it represents 12% of entitlements, but for a quarter of claimants (1.2 million) it makes up at least 20%, while for another quarter it is less than 8%. That variation comes from differences in circumstances.
Five million claimants are, in that case, about to suffer very significant cuts to their incomes that will have three very obvious effects.
First, there will be a substantial fall in demand in the economy, making this policy very costly to the government.
Second, there will be an increase in poverty.
Third, children will suffer, but mothers will suffer the biggest impact.
This was published on the day that Johnson talked, meaninglessly and without policy proposals attached, on ‘levelling up’. What his government is actually doing is driving people into poverty in the UK.
It is very hard to make up callousness on the scale that this government evidences, almost daily. This is a shocking example of it. And what is most shocking is that this government remains popular. It’s as if humanity has been sucked out of us as a nation.