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Budget response - Universal Credit and sick pay changes should be permanent

Responding to the UK budget announcing changes to Universal Credit and statutory sick pay, CAS Social Justice spokesperson Mhoraig Green said:

“The changes announced by the Chancellor today around statutory sick pay and Universal Credit for self-employed people are welcome and they should be made permanent.

“We are however disappointed not to see changes to allow workers on Universal Credit to keep more of what they earn which could help more people work their way out of poverty – this is a missed opportunity.

“The Citizens Advice network in Scotland helps hundreds of thousands of people every year and our advisers see every day the issues caused by insecure incomes – the risk of coronavirus potentially makes that worse.

“The changes that have been introduced should not be temporary, and instead remain ahead of further reforms to the system to ensure more people don’t have to choose between their bills and their health, and so that those on Universal Credit can keep more of what they earn.”

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