The energy price and Universal Credit cut stories dominate this week. I have curated some articles below:

The big squeeze Resolution Foundation: Assessing the changes to family incomes over the next six months

Thousands of energy customers facing bill shocks BBC: The same problem faces customers of surviving energy firms who are coming to the end of their fixed-rate term… They, too, will be unable to find a better deal at present.

Protecting people during energy market turbulence Citizens Advice: the gaps in the current support when a supplier goes under.

No extra help for families facing ‘very difficult winter’, Downing Street says Independent: ‘We already have schemes in place to help people out over the winter,’ No 10 insists

Universal Credit: Families seven times more likely to face a crisis paying bills and debts Sky: The Treasury is determined to remove the £20 uplift given to those on Universal Credit during the pandemic next month.

Tories in secret talks to raise Universal Credit for 2.3million Brits – weeks after cut Mirror: A 25-year-old single mum working 40 hours a week on minimum wage could be £9.39 a week better off if the taper rate was cut from 63p to 60p. But because UC is being cut by £20 across the board, she would still be £10.61 worse off than she is now. 

Life as a debt advisor: Universal credit is the one constant struggle Big Issue: The £20 universal credit increase doesn’t fix the system but it has made a noticeable difference.

Marcus Rashford begs Boris Johnson to axe £20 Universal Credit cut set to hit millions Mirror: Almost eight in 10 on UC will find it harder to feed their kids when £80 a month worse off under the cut.

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Author: Mukesh Malhotra, Chair of Thamesbank Credit Union