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One in three ‘red wall’ families £1,000 a year worse off under Tory plans

Universal credit benefit rate cut would disproportionately affect areas PM pledged to ‘level up’

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One in three working-age families in so-called “red wall” constituencies won by the Tories from Labour at the last election will be £1,000 a year worse off if government plans to cut universal credit benefit rates go ahead.

The potentially dramatic impact on low-income households’ in “left behind” former industrial areas in the north of England, Midlands, Northern Ireland and Wales is highlighted in an analysis by the Resolution Foundation thinktank.

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