38 Degrees | Don’t cut support for hard-working families






In 48 hours, the Chancellor Philip Hammond could go ahead with plans to cut support for hard-working families. [1] If that happens, it’ll mean people choosing between the weekly food shop or heating their homes.

Can you add your name to the petition calling on Philip Hammond to reverse the cuts? Click the button below and your name will be added to the petition automatically.

Here’s what the petition says:
To:  Philip Hammond, Chancellor

Don’t cut support for hard-working families

The support – called Universal Credit – is supposed to help people earning low wages get by. [2] But these cuts will see some families lose £200 a month. [3] That’s an entire month’s food shop.

Together we’ve stood up to cuts like these before – and won. [4] When the government tried to cut tax credits last year, we forced them to back down. It started with a huge petition, signed by people like you. It ended with relief for thousands of people across the UK.

Philip Hammond is already feeling the pressure over these cuts. If one of us asks him to reverse them, it might not be enough to convince him. But if thousands of us add our names to one huge petition, it’ll be hard for Philip Hammond to ignore.

Can you add your name to the petition now?


Trish, Lorna, Charlotte and the 38 Degrees team

PS: If you’re not sure if you’ll be affected by cuts to Universal Credit, you can find out more at Citizens Advice:

[1, 3] The Guardian: Theresa May faces Tory backlash over planned cuts to in-work benefits:

[2] Independent: Iain Duncan Smith demands Theresa May reverse £3.4bn cuts to his Universal Credit scheme that helps ‘those who try’:

[4] 38 Degrees: Tax credits win:


One thought on “38 Degrees | Don’t cut support for hard-working families

  1. Thank you for contacting me recently about cuts to Universal Credit and the impact this is having on families. I share your concerns about this important issue.

    Universal Credit was introduced by the Coalition Government in 2013 to replace Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit. Universal Credit was intended to ensure that work pays. However, I am very concerned that the Government’s deep and damaging cuts to Universal Credit will potentially leave millions of families worse off.

    In the Summer Budget 2015, the Government announced that it would be reducing the work allowances for most Universal Credit claimants from April 2016. While the Government reversed its planned cuts to Tax Credits, the cuts to the work allowance element of Universal Credit – worth £3.4 billion – have remained in place. I believe this has created an unfair postcode lottery in support for low and middle-waged earners, where new claimants of Universal Credit will receive far less support than Tax Credit claimants, including those who transfer across to Universal Credit. It is also the case that the U-turn over cuts to Tax Credits was not a complete reversal of the policy but a delay, because these cuts have been maintained under Universal Credit.

    Prior to the Autumn Statement on 23 November 2016, Labour called on the Government to reverse, in full, its cuts to Universal Credit. I supported an Opposition motion in the House of Commons on 16 November which called on the Government to do exactly this. Unfortunately, Tory MPs voted against the motion and it was defeated.

    Instead of reversing the cuts, in the Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced that the Universal Credit taper – the reduction in benefits as a person’s salary increases – will be reduced from a rate of 65% to 63% from April 2017. While this may soften the blow, it in no way reverses the deep and destructive cuts to the budgets of working families. The cuts to Universal Credit have taken £2,100 from the pockets of 2.5 million working families and independent analysis shows that the changes announced in the Autumn Statement will give them back as little as £150. Universal Credit was originally designed to ensure that work pays but these cuts will leave millions of working families worse off.

    It is clear that the cuts to Universal Credit work allowances will make it harder for work to pay and will further squeeze living standards. The huge cuts to Universal Credit will hit those who are ‘just about managing’ hard and are a threat to the livelihoods, living standards and the quality of life of millions of low earners and some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our communities.

    I can assure you that my Labour colleagues and I will continue to call for a full reversal of cuts to the work allowance of Universal Credit.

    I hope this is helpful, but if you have any other questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to get back in touch.

    With very best wishes,

    Ben Bradshaw MP


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