LGA responds to Joseph Rowntree Foundation report into UK poverty

“2022 is likely to be tougher than most, particularly for those on lower incomes, with many households feeling the impacts of the pandemic on their earnings, alongside the removal of the £20 Universal Credit uplift and rising costs of energy and food."


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Responding to analysis by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report into how rising energy bills will impact UK poverty, Cllr Shaun Davies, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, said:

“2022 is likely to be tougher than most, particularly for those on lower incomes, with many households feeling the impacts of the pandemic on their earnings, alongside the removal of the £20 Universal Credit uplift and rising costs of energy and food.

“Short-term government funding through the Household Support Fund was a positive step, but this does not enable councils to address the underlying cost-of-living crisis, or to help people to make the most of their money and strengthen financial resilience. 

“We are calling on the Government to properly recognise and adequately resource more sustainable local welfare support, which should enable councils to more sustainably support low-income households who are at risk of debt and financial hardship.”