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Oxfam's response to Joseph Rowntree's findings that the way Universal Credit is implemented will mean many families could lose out

Posted by Jonaid Jilani Press Officer

11th Jul 2013

In response to Joseph Rowntree's findings on Universal Credit, Oxfam's Chris Johnes said," Oxfam is concerned that the way Universal Credit will be implemented will mean many families working full time could find themselves with less money.  

"Yesterday the Office of national statistics showed that, in general, our tax and social security system can work to reduce poverty. But our fear is that Government decisions to cut welfare benefits and to increase taxes like VAT are going to hit the poorest hardest in years to come.

"Today's Joseph Rowntree report gives more credence to these concerns. Oxfam welcomes the intentions behind Universal Credit to help families and make work pay, but we fear that without adequate resources and with an inappropriate benefit sanctions regime, more people will join the queues outside food banks while others will turn to payday loans.

"We are still the seventh richest country in the world with adequate resources to maintain a strong social safety net if all pay their fair share. The public argument for a crackdown on tax dodging has been won, but the political battle remains. We look forward to being able to welcome strong action on tax as promised at the G8. This is an important step to delivering a effective social safety net."


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Notes to editors

Oxfam and Church Action Poverty recently released a report on the 30th May to highlight the fact that around 500,000 people have turned to food aid. 

JRF is an anti-poverty think tank, funding a UK-wide research and development programme. JRHT is a registered housing association and provider of care services, with over 2,500 homes in York and north-east England. The two have a commitment to reduce poverty substantially. JRF and JRHT work together to help achieve social justice for people and places in poverty by searching out the underlying causes of poverty and disadvantage, and identify solutions - through research and learning from experience. 

Online National Statistics - The Effects of Taxes and Benefits
on Household Income, 2011/12

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Press Officer

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