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Universal Credit
Food Poverty
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#KeepTheLifeline

TCT backs Trussell Trust campaign to prevent the £20 per week cut to Universal Credit

The UK government is planning to cut Universal Credit and Tax Credit payments.

The devastating impact of this will be felt by over a million people who are already struggling to make ends meet.

The Trussell Trust is among 90 other organisations, campaigning to stop the largest ever overnight cut to social security since the modern welfare state began.

This cut of £20 a week takes away a vital lifeline and could mean over a million people coming through the doors of food banks.

Your voice can make all the difference - public pressure is the only way we can stop this cut.

Here’s what you can do to help keep the lifeline:

  • Contact your MP, urging them to write to the Prime Minister and urge him to keep the lifeline.
  • Use your voice on social media to raise awareness of the campaign and encourage others to join you in supporting the campaign. Here’s some great examples:


For Facebook

We need your help to spread the word. The UK government is planning to cut #UniversalCredit by £20 a week this October – for some families, this will mean suddenly losing up to a fifth of their income.

Last year the food banks in the Trussell Trust network gave out 2.5 million parcels & we’re concerned this cut will mean even more people in the UK will need a food bank later this year. More than a million people say they are very likely to need a food bank if this cut goes ahead.

But it doesn’t have to be like this. If we act together now and show the government we want them to choose to #KeepTheLifeline, we can change it. Please take five minutes to write to your local MP to ask them to help #KeepTheLifeline & tag a friend in the comments to ask them to do the same > www.trusselltrust.org/keepthelifeline

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For Twitter

The UK govt is planning to cut #UniversalCredit by £20 a week this October. We’re concerned even more people will need a #foodbank if this cut goes ahead as planned. Do you agree we should #KeepTheLifeline? Let your MP know you want them to help > www.trusselltrust.org/keepthelifeline

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TCT staff campaigning to retain the £20 UC uplift - #KeepTheLifeline #20quidcan

Published 12th August 2021

Updated 29th September 2021