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Ex-MP Charlie Elphicke jailed for sexual assault now claiming universal credit

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The disgraced former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has said he is in a “very difficult and embarrassed position” of being on universal credit and unable to pay £35,000 following his sentence for sexually assaulting...

Budget 2021: Sunak softens universal credit cuts to tackle squeeze on families

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Rishi Sunak has bowed to intense pressure by partly reversing universal credit cuts as he announced measures in the budget to deal with a squeeze on households this winter, with lower alcohol and fuel duties. In a bud...

Budget 2021 live: Sunak reduces universal credit taper and cuts air passenger, fuel and alcohol duties

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Latest updates: chancellor says universal credit taper rate cut to 55% from 63% as he sets out tax and spending plans

Tory peers to make last-ditch effort to reverse universal credit cut

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Conservative peers will launch a last-ditch attempt to force the government to reverse the £20 a week universal credit cut on the eve of Rishi Sunak’s budget next week. Philippa Stroud will table an amendment to the s...

Keir Starmer: universal credit cut is an attack on the poorest

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Boris Johnson has been accused by Keir Starmer of “turning on the poorest” as Britain eases out of the Covid crisis by scrapping the £20 universal credit uplift, which the Labour leader committed to replacing. Backing...

Marcus Rashford: universal credit cut comes at ‘most difficult’ time

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Marcus Rashford has said the government should not be ending the universal credit uplift at a time when poor families are facing potentially their most difficult period of the pandemic amid rising costs of living. The...

The universal credit cut is the end point of years of ‘welfare’ cruelty

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Here it comes. This Wednesday, the Department for Work and Pensions will finally end the £20-a-week “uplift” to universal credit introduced in March 2020. The cut will hit different households at different times, but ...

Universal credit cut will cost carers for disabled £1,000 a year

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More than 300,000 unpaid carers of disabled people face a £1,000 annual benefit cut from next month due to the withdrawal of the universal credit uplift, as pressure grows on the government over the cost of living cri...

Universal credit cut will lead to more UK children in care – study

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About 1,500 additional UK children a year would be removed from their families and taken into care as a result of the explosion in child poverty caused by the removal of the £20-a-week universal credit uplift, a study...

We must oppose this cruel universal credit cut by any means necessary

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The threat of the withdrawal of the £20 uplift to universal credit is weighing heavily on the consciences of very many of us (The universal credit cut is outrageous, but this callousness is nothing new, 22 September)....

Johnson refuses to say if he could live on basic universal credit pay

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Boris Johnson has defended the government’s plans to cut universal credit while refusing to say whether he could live on the basic payment it provides of £118 a week. Questioned by reporters during his trip to the US ...

Ministers consider plan to ease £20-a-week universal credit cut

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Ministers are examining a £1bn-a-year increase in benefit payments to cushion the impact of the imminent £6bn-a-year cut in universal credit. After growing pressure to reverse the £20-a-week cut, the Treasury is looki...

Gordon Brown: universal credit cut ‘vindictive and indefensible’

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Gordon Brown has called the government’s decision to cut £20 a week from universal credit the most “socially divisive and morally indefensible” policy he has witnessed in UK politics, saying it was being pursued with ...

The universal credit cut is outrageous, but this callousness is nothing new

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Next month, universal credit will be cut back by £20 to its pre-pandemic level. A policy that will – by the admission of the government’s own internal analysis – likely cause “catastrophic” suffering, pushing 800,000 ...

Tell us: how will you be affected by the cut to Universal Credit?

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Boris Johnson has been warned that more than 800,000 people risk being plunged into poverty as a result of an imminent cut to Universal Credit. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to end the £20-a-week increase of Univ...

Universal Music chief predicts billions of dollars of growth from digital listening

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The chief executive of Universal Music has said the hotly anticipated €40bn flotation of the world’s largest record company this week does not mark the peak of the streaming-led recovery of the music industry, with bi...

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