#KeepTheLifeline campaign opposes cut to Universal Credit

Save the Children recently coordinated a national online day of action to oppose the government’s planned £20 a week cut to Universal Credit, which is due to come into effect in the autumn.  

Universal Credit is claimed by six million people in the UK, and more than a third of claimants are already in employment. If the cuts go ahead, struggling families and individuals will lose an average of £85 per month, pushing more people into poverty. As it stands, the North East is set to be one of the hardest hit regions, and we’re one of many organisations currently campaigning for the chancellor to reconsider the plan.

The #KeepTheLifeline campaign encourages people to vocalise their opposition to the cuts by sharing their concerns on social media and writing to their local MPs. It comes a month after VONNE co-signed a letter to chancellor Rishi Sunak urging a government u-turn on the decision to make the cut.

Take part in the campaign by using the #KeepTheLifeline hashtag on social media, or write to your MP. You can also read VONNE’s letter to the chancellor in full at vonne.org.uk/resources/universal-credit-and-north-east-our-letter-chancellor.