According to a poverty charity in the United Kingdom, the government is not protecting the poorest people during the current cost-of-living crisis, with out-of-work payments at historically low levels.
The 3.1 percent boost in benefits that will take effect on Monday does not keep pace with inflation, which is predicted to exceed 7.7 percent this month, according to forecasts.
According to an estimate by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, this will result in the largest decline in the value of the basic rate of unemployment benefit in 50 years.
“For a decade, we’ve had benefits cutbacks and freezes, and in fact, for eight of the last ten years, benefits have been losing value, so we’re already at a record low,” said Helen Barnard, an associate director at the Social Security Administration, on Sky News on Sunday.
The government is not prioritizing the use of the funds available to protect the poorest members of society. Helen Barnard is a trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
“Even though benefits are increasing tomorrow, they are increasing by a fraction of the amount that the cost of living is increasing.
This indicates that in terms of their values, the amount of bread and milk that can be purchased in the stores, this is the largest decline in value since 1972.
A great many people were already in “desperate situations,” struggling to afford food, heating, and basic hygiene products,
she explained, citing examples such as pensioners who are forced to ride the bus all day to stay warm and long-time foodbank volunteers who are now themselves reliant on charitable contributions.
As she pleaded with the government for immediate action to prevent the situation from deteriorating further, she slammed Rishi Sunak for neglecting to provide assistance to the lowest members of society.
“If you take a look at the spring statement, the Chancellor spent almost £18 billion,” she explained.
“Of that money, approximately two-thirds went to benefit persons in the country’s wealthiest half,” says the author.
“It is true that he has the necessary funds; the problem is that the government is not prioritizing the use of the funds available to safeguard the poorest citizens who are experiencing the most difficulty.”
Low-wage workers, who rely on benefits to supplement their meager earnings, are also being struck hard by the benefits squeeze and are finding themselves in “very tough positions,” according to Ms. Barnard.
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She claims that the lifting of the national insurance level, which was intended to benefit lower-income workers, has had the opposite effect, with some of them seeing their benefits reduced to compensate for the fact that they are keeping more of their earnings.
“We know that the vast majority of individuals living in poverty today are members of working families,” Ms. Barnard stated.
Another issue is that a disproportionate number of jobs are not just low-paid, but they are also insecure…
People who are particularly vulnerable in that circumstance when they are working are the ones who are now finding it difficult to afford the bare necessities and are forced to rely on charitable organizations for things like toothpaste and toilet paper.
It’s a source of embarrassment for many people.”