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13,700 families to be hit by cut to Universal Credit in Dagenham & Rainham

More than 8,000 families with children in Dagenham and Rainham will be impacted by the cut

The MP for Dagenham and Rainham is urging Boris Johnson to abandon plans to phase out the uplift in Universal Credit.

The extra 20-pounds-a-week was introduced as a temporary measure during the pandemic and is due to be phased out from the end of this month.

Around 13,710 working age families in Dagenham and Rainham will be impacted by the cut according to new research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 

That includes around 50 per cent of working age families who have children in the area. 

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas

“These statistics are harrowing and show just how damaging a Tory government is to families in Dagenham and Rainham,” said Labour MP Jon Cruddas. 

“Reports are suggesting that this will be the biggest single cut to social security since the foundation of the welfare state, and it will be people in the most deprived communities that are hit hardest.”

Nationally it is thought the proposal could push half a million people into poverty, including more than 200,000 children. 

Cruddas added: “I understand the need to get people back to work as we emerge from the crisis but pulling the rug out from under working families is not the way to go about it. In the coming weeks I will be calling on the government to make the £20 uplift permanent.”

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