Rushanara Ali: 'Universal credit uplift cut is morally indefensible and economically illiterate'

A children's play area in Ladywood, Birmingham which is one of the worst areas in the country for ch

Children in Tower Hamlets will be hit hard by the universal credit cut - Credit: PA

I see the government's cut of the universal credit £20 weekly uplift as morally indefensible and economically illiterate.

It will mean families are over £1,000 worse off annually. In Bethnal Green and Bow, almost 60 per cent of children are growing up in poverty, one of the highest rates in the country.

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green & Bow

Rushanara Ali says a further 73,000 children will be plunged into poverty over the next two years - Credit: House of Commons

It will be devastating for families up and down the country.

The Resolution Foundation has warned after this decision, relative poverty could increase from 21 to 23pc over the next two years.

This will plunge a further 730,000 children into poverty, a rise that will hit children in Tower Hamlets hard.

The chancellor's recent announcement of a one-off £500million grant only serves to paper over the cracks of a broken system.

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Living in poverty robs children of a decent future. It is time the government listened and reversed this appalling decision.

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