Two thirds of families on Universal Credit are borrowing money to stay afloat during the pandemic. Getting into debt to afford essentials, from getting a hot meal on the table to paying for WiFi needed for home learning.
If you have been following the incredible work of @marcusrashford this week and his campaign for free school meals for those children in need this summer, you will probably know that 4.5 million children in the UK are living in poverty. 4.5 million. Children.
I’m working with the @jrf_uk and @savechildrenuk in calling for a #LifelineForChildren to pull through the coronavirus pandemic.
Adding £20 a week to the child element of Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit could be the lifeline that pulls families through. Reducing the impact of the pandemic on children.
We have seen some extraordinary acts of public service during the pandemic to help others less fortunate. I for one, know ho lucky I am not be currently experiencing poverty when raising a child. As a compassionate society we can help make change.
To ask for this vital change. Do one good thing today. Please.