On Tuesday 10 May, Kate Osamor MP spoke in a debate on the impact of universal credit on children and families.
According to figures from Child Poverty Action Group, reductions in work allowance under Universal Credit introduced in April 2016 will result in a working single parent in rental accommodation will lose £554 per year, and a working single parent who owns their home will lost £2,628 per year.
Speaking on the subject, Kate says:
“This was an important debate for my constituency of Edmonton where it is estimated that by 2020-21 approximately 19,000 people will be on universal credit.
I sought to focus my debate contribution on the failings of the universal credit system for working parents, in particular working single parents – the vast majority of whom are women.
The changes to Universal Credit are another example of how women are paying the price for the government’s austerity measures. Following George Osborne’s latest Budget announcement, it is calculated that 86% of savings through tax and benefit changes have come from women’s pockets.
I ended my speech by asking the Minister two questions:
Firstly, will the government would review the impact of work allowance reductions on working families particularly working single families?
And secondly if the government will agree to annually review the decision to freeze most key children’s benefits for four years?
I will continue to monitor this issue and use my voice in parliament to represent the people of Edmonton”.