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Failure to reinstate Universal Credit uplift described as a ‘moral stain’ on the UK

12 Apr 2022 2 minute read
Rishi Sunak picture by No 10 Downing Street (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

The UK Conservative Governments’ decision not to restore the universal credit uplift introduced during the Covid pandemic has been described as a “moral stain on the UK” by the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

The £20 universal credit uplift was scrapped last autumn, with an estimated 280,000+ people across Wales affected, 37 per cent of whom are in work.

The typical Welsh family on Universal Credit will also be hit by Rishi Sunak’s tax rises and benefit cuts in addition to a 10% rise in food bills and a rise in heating costs of over 50%.

A 3.1% benefits increase came into effect on Monday, well short of the current inflation rate, which is expected to hit 7.7% this month.

According to analysis by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation poverty charity, this will result in the greatest fall in the value of the basic rate of unemployment benefit in 50 years.


Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds said: “The decision not to reinstate the universal credit uplift is having a devastating effect in Wales and the Welsh Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign for it to be reinstated.

“We have families who are working two jobs but on universal credit who are unable to afford to feed themselves.

“People’s lives are being completely ruined because of this. People’s physical health and mental health are being placed at serious risk. One out of three children in Wales already grow up in poverty and the UK Government is making it worse. It is utterly shameful.

“The UK is the 5th largest economy in the world. It is a moral stain on our country that the Conservatives and Rishi Sunak are choosing to allow so many vulnerable people to fall through the cracks.

“At the same time, he is raising taxes and cutting benefits, Sunak’s family has avoided paying an estimated £20 million in UK taxes.

“This Conservative Government is out-of-touch, incompetent and lacking in basic empathy. It must be booted out at the next general election and the upcoming local elections will be a chance for voters in Wales to express their dissatisfaction with the way things are going.”

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 years ago

You left out sadistic…

2 years ago

THE LATEST moral stain, surely

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
2 years ago
Reply to  Llinos

You cannot stain that which does not exist; Tory morality.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
2 years ago

The Welsh Liberal Democrats must now stop being unionist and start supporting Welsh independence. There is no way the people of Cymru are going to prosper under Westminster control, especially a Tory controled Westminster. Our only chance of changing the fortunes of the poor here is if we have complete control of our own future. As hard as that may be – there is no other way.

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