Template press release on Government's planned cut to Universal Credit

Please see below a template press release on the Government's planned cut to Universal Credit.


[TEMPLATE] [INSERT NUMBER COLUMN D] in [AREA] face "heartless" government Universal Credit cut

Please use this data sheet from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to find your constituency and insert the percentages [Column G] and numbers [Column D] of people affected by the Universal Credit uplift, you can also add in the number of families with children by using [Column H]. 

For further information, here is the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Universal Credit webpage.

[TEMPLATE] [INSERT NUMBER COLUMN D] in [AREA] face "heartless" government Universal Credit cut

As many as [INSERT % COLUMN G] of hard-pressed families across [INSERT CONSITUENCY] face being left worse off when the government end the uplift to Universal Credit next month. 

New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exposes the true nature of how badly some areas will be hit by the £20 Universal Credit cut, which is opposed by [INSERT LOCAL LIB DEMS OR SPOKESPERSON]. 

In the report, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimate that the Universal Credit cut alone could force 500,000 people, almost half of them children, into poverty. Their breakdown shows that some [INSERT COLUMN D] families in [AREA] will be harmed by the governments uplift cut, with [INSERT COLUMN H %] of families with children in [AREA] being affected adversely.

Responding to the data, [INSERT NAME], Liberal Democrat [COUNCILLOR/PARLIAMENTARY SPOKESPERSON/PARTY CHAIR] said:

"[INSERT AREA] has had to pull itself through this pandemic, while dealing with this incompetent heartless Conservative government, this cut will do untold damage to so many of our local families. 

"Their is no question that Government has to reverse this needless cut and support normal working people here. [AREAs] Liberal Democrats are calling for the Universal Credit uplift to be made permanent."

Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions Spokesperson Wendy Chamberlain MP added:

“Just as we begin to hope that COVID is being tamed in the UK, the Government is ripping support from millions of families across the country. We cannot have a full recovery if families are struggling to make ends meet.

“The Prime Minister's claim that he wants people to live by their own 'efforts' rather than 'welfare' shows how out of touch he really is. With almost half of those receiving Universal Credit already in work and with many having young families, this cut will leave parents and their children behind despite their efforts."

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Notes to editor

Constituency breakdown and percentages of families affected by the cut