A local charity has warned of the “devastating impact” of a scheduled cut to Universal Credit in April.
Staff and volunteers at Citizens Advice Reigate and Banstead (CARBS) have helped over 1400 people with Universal Credit since March last year. 77% of people in Reigate and Banstead seeking its advice on benefits have never contacted the charity before.
Citizens Advice Reigate and Banstead has continued to provide one-to-one support throughout the pandemic. Advisers say many needing to apply for benefits have lost their job or suffered a fall in income as a result of the pandemic.
Now they are warning that local families could be pushed further into hardship if the £20 a week uplift ends as planned in April. For households in the South East of England, the loss of £20 a week is equivalent to over 2 days of food, or 6 days of energy.