THE government has cut Universal Credit by £20 a week.

Last week much of the financial support provided to help people through the Covid-19 pandemic was taken away.

These cuts risk a Covid debt crisis as 11 million people have built up £25 billion in arrears and debt since March 2020.

In Southampton, Itchen, 12,984 people who receive Universal Credit will be affected by this cut.

This includes 5,226 people who are also currently in work.

Problem debt disproportionately affects the most vulnerable in our society, and is higher amongst low-income households, women, lone parents, communities of colour, disabled people and renters.

As well as reversing the £20 cut to Universal Credit the government seriously needs to tackle problem debt in the UK – this means introducing grants and making it easier for those in problem debt to write it down in a fair and manageable way.

Baljit Sidhu