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Single-mum of autistic boy blasts ‘uncaring’ Boris Johnson for £20 benefits cut

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A single mum of an autistic boy has blasted Boris Johnson for "not caring" about low earners as he cuts the £20-a-week Universal Credit uplift.

Sarah Coothoopermal, 35, of Leeds, West Yorkshire, said benefit cuts were being made "in the worst place at the worst time" as millions face being plunged into desperate poverty.

The £20-a-week increase to Universal Credit, which was brought in to help people on low incomes struggling through the Covid-19 pandemic, was withdrawn yesterday.

Sarah said the £20 had been a "real help", and she now faces a "struggle" because the cut will cost her family £1,040 a year.

Currently a full-time carer for her son Taron, 3, the mum said: "I don't know what to expect, it's been hard enough as it is and that extra £80 a month has made a massive difference.

"The price of everything has gone up, but now your income is being cut, it's really hard."

"I always make sure we've got food in the house, that's my priority for my boy. But now we might not be able to put the heating on as much because you have to budget.

Sarah also said she had begun buying non-perishable foods for Christmas already this year "in case there's a shortage", and would need to cut back on her regular food shops, as the benefit loses her family about £80 a month.

She also fears the impact of the cuts while gas bills continued to rise, commenting: "I don't know where they think people will get the money from."

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Responding to widespread criticism for the move earlier in the week, a government spokesperson said: “We’ve always been clear that the uplift to universal credit and the furlough scheme were temporary."

“They were designed to help claimants through the economic shock and financial disruption of the toughest stages of the pandemic, and they have done so.”

However, many people on Universal Credit have spoken out stating the extra money being slashed will be life-changing and affect their ability to provide for their families.

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