This campaign relates to policy or practice in England and Wales.
We’ve helped over 300,000 people with Universal Credit issues since the beginning of the pandemic. Our clients’ evidence helps us play a key role in influencing the Government to ensure the welfare system works for all those needing support.
We welcomed the Government’s decision at the start of pandemic to increase Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits by £20 a week. This uplift has provided a lifeline for millions of families across the UK, during extraordinarily tough times.
The uplift is in place until September 2021. We're calling for it to be made permanent to provide financial security for millions of people and help support the country's longer term economic recovery.
Every day our advisers speak to people who have had their lives turned upside down by this pandemic. Many who’ve never needed support from the benefits system, and others who were already on a financial cliff edge going into the crisis.
As the labour market and economy recovers, it’s vital that Universal Credit provides a strong safety net. Keeping the £20 uplift will help to ensure that people can cover their essential costs like food and rent, whilst helping them build financial resilience and keeping more money in the local economy.
So far, our campaigning work has involved:
Our unparalleled insight and data has meant that the Government has committed to a number of welfare changes that we have called for previously, including: