Right now, more and more people are struggling to make ends meet, unable to buy food and hygiene products. Universal Credit is not the singular factor, but it is a significant one. The Trussel Trust reported a 52% increase in demand for their foodbank services in areas of full Universal Credit roll out compared to 13% in areas still on the old benefit system. This cannot be a coincidence.
Therefore, the announcement yesterday in the new Budget, of a £1.7 billion investment to help restore work allowances and increase support to those moving onto Universal Credit is a step in the right direction. It suggests the Government has been listening to organisations working on the frontline of UK poverty.
The Hygiene Bank looks forward to hearing in more detail the support being put in place during the next stage of Universal Credit.
Philip Hammond delivering his third Budget as chancellor