During the pandemic, families experiencing and at risk of poverty and social exclusion have disproportionately been affected. In the UK, a £20 uplift to Universal Credit was introduced at the beginning of the pandemic, which totals an increase of £1040 a year. The Derbyshire Unemployed Workers’ Centre (DUWC), as a member of EAPN UK, took part in the Unite Union online campaign to ‘Cancel the Cut.’
The £20 uplift is due to finish at the end of September 2021, affecting individuals and families who receive Universal Credit. In response, members of the public can take part in the ‘Cancel the Cut’ campaign to offer support convince UK political leaders to do the right thing. People Experiencing Poverty have been disproportionately affected in the pandemic and this should be reflected in policies and financial support.
More information on the campaign can be read here.