Fife campaign groups urge Chancellor to keep £20 Universal Credit uplift

Two campaign groups in Fife have teamed up to call on Chancellor to keep the £20 uplift to Universal Credit in his Budget.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 8:06 am
Updated Monday, 1st March 2021, 8:07 am

The Fife Community branch of Unite the Union, and the Fife People’s Assembly, say the payments have been invaluable to the hardest hit families across the region.

The uplift, introduced last year to ease the burden brought about by the pandemic, is due to end at the end this month.

Anti-poverty campaigners argue that this additional £20 weekly figure has been vital to many families - and any decision to end it could have catastrophic consequences for them.

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Plea made to keep the payment

Andy Crichton, of Fife Unite Community Branch said: ‘This is affecting all sectors of our society. The last financial crisis in 2008 resulted in the hardest hit communities footing the bill for an era of austerity that was not their fault.”

The groups have written to all Fife MPs urging them to back the campaign.

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