Marcus Rashford urges Boris to axe Universal Credit cut as millions will ‘lose a lifeline’


The 23-year-old England forward warned that removing the “vital support” could drive many children in the UK back into poverty. The £20 Universal Credit uplift which was set up to help people through the pandemic and get back into work is set to be scrapped next week as pandemic restrictions ease.

Mr Rashford said: “Instead of removing vital support, we should be focusing on developing a long-term roadmap out of this child hunger pandemic.”

“On October 6, millions lose a lifeline.

“It’s a move that Child Poverty Action Group says will raise child poverty to one in three.”

A recent poll by the Food Foundation charity found almost eight in ten on Universal Credit will find it harder to feed their children should the cut be made.

Mr Rashford, who affected the political sphere last year by forcing the Prime Minister to U-turn on free school meals, has teamed up with the Food Foundation charity to once again appeal to top ministers.

Marcus and the charity are urging people to write to their MPs and call on the Government to adopt recommendations to prevent child hunger.

The proposed actions could mean more children qualify for free school meals and boosting “healthy start” support for pregnant women and under-fives.

Donna Evans, a charity volunteer in Wales, branded The £20 cut as “diabolical”.

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She told the BBC: “You’re trying to make your food last from one day to the next day, and then you have to think a week ahead.

“If you don’t get any money, and you have the stress of having kids wanting something, needing something.”

She added the cut was “cold, it’s heartless, it’s thoughtless, it’s diabolical.”

Therese Coffey, the Work and Pensions Secretary, who previously backed the cut, said ending the uplift would mean those on the scheme would need “about two hours’ extra work, every week”.

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To keep the £20 uplift, the Government has suggested both income tax and fuel duty would need to rise.

Business minister Paul Scully, told Sky News: “If you were to reverse the Universal Credit as it is, you would have to put up income tax by the equivalent of a penny and 3p on fuel.”



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