Universal Credit and the North East: our letter to the chancellor

VONNE has lent its support on behalf of the VCSE community to a campaign to reverse the planned £20 a week cut to Universal Credit.

The move will hit a third of all working-age households in the region hard, and this will place even greater pressure on the local voluntary and community groups working to support them, at a time when the sector is already working at the limits of its capacity following the Covid-19 pandemic. So, we're part of a coalition of organisations from all sectors across the North East urging chancellor Rishi Sunak to reconsider.

Together, we've written to the chancellor as well as all MPs in the region, detailing the impact this £20 a week loss will have, not only on struggling families, but also our region's economy. And we're pleased to see the cause gaining attention in the media, both nationally and regionally, with news items so far included in the Northern Echo, on ChronicleLive, on BBC Radio Newcastle and BBC Radio Tees, Tyne Tees TV, North East Bylines and in The Spectator.

We'd be grateful if you'd also get behind the campaign by writing to your local MP in support of our letter, which can be read in full at vonne.org.uk/resources/universal-credit-and-north-east-our-letter-chancellor.    

The other organisations that have signed the letter are:

  • The North East Child Poverty Commission
  • Citizens Advice Newcastle
  • Children North East
  • The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham and Church of England lead on child poverty
  • North East England Chamber of Commerce
  • Northern TUC
  • Youth Focus: North East
  • NE Youth
  •  North East and North Cumbria Child Health and Wellbeing Network
  • Citizens Advice Northumberland
  • Citizens Advice Gateshead
  • Citizens Advice Sunderland
  • Citizens Advice South Tyneside
  • Citizens Advice County Durham
  • Citizens Advice Darlington
  • Citizens Advice Hartlepool
  • Citizens Advice Redcar and Cleveland.