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The universal credit cut is a pro-poverty policy

Sarah Arnold writes for Tribune


Combined with rising tax, food, and energy bills, this week’s universal credit cut will leave low-income families a huge £1,700 per year worse off – it is another sign that poverty is government policy, writes Sarah Arnold in Tribune.

The effect of this will be different for different households. Some will have to choose between heating and eating, weighing up whether to eat vegetables for dinner while wearing three jumpers, or some simple toast next to a warm radiator. Others will be getting by alright until their boiler breaks, or their kid needs new shoes – meaning anxiety and stress just to make ends meet for the next few weeks or months.”

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