Our Southampton Test MP (@Alan Whitehead) and Cabinet member for communities, culture and leisure (@Satvir Kaur)are both supporting and helping all local residents to voice their views on the proposed changes to free school meals in the government’s universal credit roll-out.
Alan is joining the Children’s Society to call on the Government to rethink their plans around free school meals under Universal Credit. Satvir has been fighting this noble cause in the chambers at Southampton City Council to pass a motion, calling on the government to stop and fix universal credit.
Currently, as Universal Credit is rolled out, all children who live in a household receiving this new benefit will receive a free school meal. Since Universal Credit was rolled out in Southampton in February, we have seen a 10X increase of local claimants. It is forcing more people into debt!
Under current proposals set out in a consultation by the Department for Education, this will change when an earnings threshold of £7,400 will be introduced and will be for all new Universal Credit claimants come April 2018.
According to analysis of the proposals by The Children’s Society, these proposals will mean one million children living in poverty will miss out on the benefits of a free school meal and locally this will mean 2,183 children in #southampton missing out.
Universal credit is an issue that we hear regularly about on the #labourdoorstep. It is proving a huge challenge to many families, and we must call on the government to re-think it. These amendments on free school meals would do more to increase child poverty in the UK, not make things better.
Help us to put pressure on the government to #fixuniversal credit today!