8 million people will be reliant on universal credit which merges benefits and tax credits into one monthly payment. The new system replaces income based job seekers’ allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, income support, child tax credit, working tax credit and housing benefit.
Designed to be an easier transaction, the cuts have already spawned 20 new foodbanks since April as claimants consider options that don’t require internet access. As food related cases rise local Citizens Advice Bureaus (CABs) have been appealing to foodbanks and some CAB workers have built new foodbanks to replace crisis loans.
This has resulted in a proliferation of new foodbanks since April including one at Swansea Metropolitan University and multiple new banks in rural areas. See below for more.