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'I don’t feel like a person anymore': the emotional side of claiming universal credit

By Sophia Negus, Postgraduate researcher, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University
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Nearly 6 million people claiming universal credit will soon see their payment cut by £20 a week, as the temporary “uplift” in response to the pandemic is removed.

Analysis from the anti-poverty charity Joseph Rowntree Foundation described it as “the biggest overnight cut to the basic rate of social security since the foundation of the modern welfare state”.


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