RMC Briefings

Our weekly online briefings offer a unique opportunity to get behind the headlines, with a panel of speakers quizzed by our journalists

Briefing: Universal Credit

1100 religious leaders have signed a letter in protest at the government’s plans to end the £20 weekly uplift on universal credit. The rise was introduced during the pandemic but is to be ended this weekend, forcing the average claimant to live on £324.84 a month. The government’s decision and its impact was explored in a Religion Media Centre briefing, with guests:

  • Gareth McNab, head of External Affairs at Christians Against Poverty
  • Paul Morrison, Policy Adviser at the Joint Public Issues Team (which represents Methodist, URC and Baptist churches)
  • Ed Davies, Policy Director, Centre for Social Justice
  • Anvar Sarygulov, senior research fellow at Bright Blue think tank
  • Becca Stacey, policy and campaigns officer at the Zacchaeus Trust

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