It was great to welcome the leader of the Labour Party – Keir Starmer and deputy leader Angela Rayner to Bermondsey this morning to meet with working people to discuss how the upcoming cut in Universal Credit will affect them.
Too often people forget London workers face higher housing costs and low income. Locally, 8,000 working people receive Universal Credit and this vicious cut will hit them as they face the Tory tax rise announced last week meaning many Southwark families will lose over £1,000 a year.
The Government claims it wants to level up but isn’t even levelling with the working people affected, as most people affected have had no notification from DWP. The Government’s own research says cutting Universal Credit will lead to a rise in homelessness and food bank use, but Ministers are sadly not listening.