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Which Welsh constituencies will be hit hardest by ‘damaging’ cut to Universal Credit?

26 Aug 2021 3 minutes Read
Money on a Welsh dragon

New research has revealed which Welsh constituencies will be hardest hit by a “damaging” £20-a-week cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit.

The UK Government has said an increase in benefits to help the poorest families cope with the effects of the pandemic, will end in October, leaving claimants receiving £1,040 less a year.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which conducted the analysis, says this is the biggest overnight cut in the basic rate of social security since the creation of the modern welfare state.

Of the top 10 hardest hit areas in Wales, nine are in Labour constituencies, and one is in a seat held by the Conservatives.

The constituencies are Blaenau Gwent, Cardiff West, Conon Valley, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Newport East, Newport West, Rhondda, Swansea East, Torfaen and the Vale of Clwyd.

The worst hit constituency in Wales is Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney where 27% of families are in receipt of universal credit or working tax credits. The seat is held by Labour MP Gerald Jones

The only Conservative constituency in the top 10 hardest hit areas in Wales is the Vale of Clwyd where 26% of families are in receipt of universal credit or working tax credits. The sitting MP is James Davies, who has a majority of 1827.

In the constituency there are 7,490 families in receipt of universal credit or working tax credits.

According to the analysis by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a total of 6 million low-income families across Great Britain will lose £1,040 from their annual income.

It says this will create serious financial hardship and leave 500,000 people to be swept into poverty – including 200,000 children.

‘Highest percentage’ 

The areas in Wales with the highest percentage of families in receipt of universal credit or working tax credits:

Blaenau Gwent – 25% – Labour

Cardiff West – 24% – Labour

Cynon Valley – 25% – Labour

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney – 27% Labour

Newport East – 26% – Labour

Newport West – 24% – Labour

Rhondda – 26% – Labour

Swansea East – 26% – Labour

Torfaen – 26% – Labour

Vale of Clwyd – 26% – Conservative

Katie Schmuecker, Deputy Director of Policy & Partnerships at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said: “We are just over a month away from the UK Government imposing the biggest overnight cut to the basic rate of social security since the Second World War.

“This latest analysis lays bare the deep and far-reaching impact that cutting Universal Credit will have on millions of low-income families across Britain.

“MPs from across the political spectrum are already expressing their deep concerns about this planned cut. Now is the time for all MPs to step up and oppose this cut to their constituents’ living standards.

“Plunging low-income families into deeper poverty and debt as well as sucking billions of pounds out of local economies is no way to level up. It’s not too late for the Prime Minister and Chancellor to listen to the huge opposition to this damaging cut and change course.”

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Chris Franks
Chris Franks
2 months ago

The UK Government hates Wales and Labour can’t protect us.

Mark Rhydderch-Roberts
Mark Rhydderch-Roberts
2 months ago
Reply to  Chris Franks

Ask yourself why Westminster ” hates” Wales – despite entirely funding the posturing Labour clowns on the Senedd

Quornby
Quornby
2 months ago

Drivel

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
2 months ago

Oh thanks. As an OAP after 60 years of contributing I still pay income tax, VAT, fuel duty, council tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, insurance premium tax, road tax, stamp duty, air passenger duty, landfill tax and now you come along and tell me the bastards have been stealing it all my life and we Welsh shouldn’t be paying?
Bit late now, twerp. I shall just have to keep pissing in the water they nick.

Mark Rhydderch-Roberts
Mark Rhydderch-Roberts
2 months ago

It was a temporary uplift in UC to help people cope with the pandemic. It is being removed because that is now effectively over. The Rowntree organisation is a hard left Marxist lobby group whose ultimate objective is to see the whole population reliant on the state – like the Welsh Government.

Padi Phillips
Padi Phillips
2 months ago

From Wikipedia: “It is politically neutral and independent from all UK political parties.” The claim that the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is “hard left Marxist” is risible, and an obvious attempted slur to anyone with a rational appreciation of what is ‘hard left’ and also what Marxism is. The JRF is anything but hard left, or Marxist, and it’s origins would tend to suggest it’s orientation, if indeed it has one would be more towards compassionate capitalism and paternalism. What’s the matter Mark, are you miffed because the Rowntree family set up a body that exposes the exploitation and grasping venality… Read more »

Llewelyn
Llewelyn
1 month ago
Reply to  Padi Phillips

I dont think any think tank or pressure group is politically neutral as their very reason for existing is to change policy – which by its very nature is political.

The origins of any organisation left, right or centre doesn’t really apply any more as like politics everywhere its been taken over by self intrested parties.

Most young people are cynical of pressure groups and politician as not to care.

It’s also a bit naive to believe wikipedia.

Valerie Matthews
Valerie Matthews
2 months ago

If the ‘crisis ‘ is over, how come infection rates are increasing rapidly again? MPs ‘charge you Thousands a year in salaries and expenses, The Lords get £ 325 a DAY for just turning up and yet you think it is wrong for people thrown out of work( a lot of them down to recent events) to get the miserly sum that our Millionaire Government consider ‘adequate’ to live on. You try it! I live in Wales and the majority of those around me live in owned homes ( many second homes) and live quite affluent lives. Have you ever… Read more »

Owain Morgan
Owain Morgan
2 months ago

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation ‘a hard left Marxist lobby group’ 🙄 I think you’ve been drinking the Tory urine for too long. If you want to take money from people you have to give them a realistic alternative first, not minimum wage, high responsibility with non-existent training jobs instead. Stop talking Fascist nonsense and understand why this is so clearly immoral!

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