Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has criticised the UK Government as 13% of hard-pressed families across Edinburgh West face being left worse off when the government end the uplift to Universal Credit this Autumn. 

New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exposes the true nature of how badly some areas will be hit by the £20 Universal Credit cut, which is opposed by Liberal Democrats.

In the report, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation estimate that the Universal Credit cut alone could force 500,000 people, almost half of them children, into poverty. Their breakdown shows that some 5,370 families in Edinburgh West will be harmed by the governments uplift cut, with 13% of families with children in Edinburgh West being affected adversely.

Responding to the data, Christine Jardine, who is also Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, said:

"Edinburgh has had to pull itself through this pandemic, while dealing with this incompetent heartless Conservative government, this cut will do untold damage to so many of our local families.

“Many of them were already struggling under the strain of our broken welfare system before the pandemic struck. This cut is a cruel blow after such a difficult eighteen months.

"There is no question that Government has to reverse this needless cut and support normal working people here. Liberal Democrats are calling for the Universal Credit uplift to be made permanent."

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