Yesterdays budget announcements were more than disappointing, all of which will in one way or another will hit the poorest and most vulnerable the most.
Whilst I was glad to see the £20 Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit extended for a further six months it is still unknown if it will be extended for a further six months.
Whilst to some £20 a week is a small amount of money, to thousands it’s literally keeping them going. It enables people to maybe buy some gas and electricity, to buy some food and to buy phone credit or help pay for their internet bill.
The £20 uplift should be increased and should be extended to everyone on legacy benefits. The refusal of the government to do this shows their complete disregard of their needs.
These aren’t luxuries by any means, they are basic necessities that people need to survive.
The DWP demand that claimants have access to the internet at all times and have a working mobile phone, if they don’t they risk being sanctioned.
To withdraw the £20 uplift in six months time will only result in pushing people further into poverty and once again having to make the decision between eating or heating. Bills wont be paid therefore they will spiral further into debt.
The Chancellor certainly didn’t make any announcements that would greatly benefit families and working people. Whilst the furlough scheme has been extended this doesn’t help anyone that has lost their job as a result of the pandemic.
At best it covers 80% of an employees wages leaving them to struggle on a lower income than they were previously getting.
No mention of help was made by the chancellor for people looking for work, for the unemployed that are desperately struggling to survive on the already failing Universal Credit system.
The government knows that Universal Credit payments aren’t enough to survive on and the £20 uplift payments given to Universal Credit claimants is their admission that they know that payments are too low.
You can bet that they’ll take away the uplift payments at the earliest opportunity rather than overhauling the failing Universal Credit system.
Zero help was offered to disabled people and people on legacy benefits, the government hasn’t even acknowledged their need for help. No care has been given to their welfare, their physical and mental health doesn’t matter to the government.
Far too many disabled people are living in distress and are still being forced to attend ESA and PIP assessments albeit some are taking place on the telephone.
Disabled people are still awaiting their ESA renewal assessments, their payments being stopped in the middle of the pandemic because theres a huge backlog of people awaiting their assessments.
How is this acceptable in any way?
The Chancellor also failed to mention the NHS, education, carers, social care, pensioners and the environment. Almost no mention was given to the affect that the pandemic has had on all of these services.
At a time when they all need cash boosts and interventions more than they ever did they were all ignored, their needs tossed to the side land forgotten about.
Yesterday’s budget was all about the rich, big business and how they will survive the pandemic.
It felt to me that the government is now actively trying to ignore and forget that the pandemic is still here, newer more deadly virus mutations are being found and everyone is struggling .
Vaccinations don’t stop the transmission of the virus but they do lessen the effect of it.
It’s extremely concerning when people are refusing their vaccinations because they believe it to be bad for us, because they refuse to accept that its safe and it will benefit them.
Schools will be reopening soon and I’m certain that this will result in the R rate increasing and the mortality rates both increasing once again.
The truth is that the country as a whole can’t move forward and rebuild properly, if ever if the above issues and problems aren’t dealt with first.
Does the government care? Not one bit because none of this affects them and it never will. Our basic needs aren’t even acknowledged.
My thoughts are with everyone struggling, with everyone that is in distress and everyone that the government is letting down.
Remember that there are lots of people that do care about you. Never forget that.
How am I coping? Just about is the best that I can say. Taking it a day at a time suits me the best.
I’m still battling long covid and I’m trying to sort my home out after being ill for so long.
My apologies if I talk about this too much. It’s the situation that I’m in as are thousands of people. One day we will be well again.
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