Jonathan Reynolds – 2021 Comments on Cuts to Universal Credit

The comments made by Jonathan Reynolds, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, on 23 January 2021.

It is deeply irresponsible for the Chancellor to be winding down support for families with his cut to Universal Credit that will leave unemployment support at a 30 year low.

Britain has had the worst recession of any major economy because of exactly this kind of sticking plaster decision by a Chancellor who seems incapable of planning for the future.

With jobs being lost each day and the furlough cliff edge looming, a one off payment rather than the extension of the uplift will mean that anyone who needs support after April when unemployment is set to peak will fall through the gaps.

The Government should do the right thing and secure our economy by cancelling the cut to Universal Credit.