Voters believe welfare payments should cover living expenses – report by think tank


Bright Blue’s study showed bipartisan support for an increase in Social Security payments – but greater support from Labor supporters

With the rising cost of living, boiling the kettle for a cup of tea is just one of the many cuts
Poorer households that depend on benefits should receive more support, according to the study

Voters overwhelmingly support increases in welfare payments to help needy households meet the cost of living, a report today shows.

Seven out of ten respondents supported the idea that “benefit payments should be high enough to allow people to pay for their living expenses, such as

The poll showed that 68% of Tory voters and 83% of Labor supporters agreed.

Two-thirds of respondents said it is “the government’s responsibility to ensure that all people receive financial assistance to meet their basic needs”.

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But there was a sharp political divide, with 55% of Conservatives backing the declaration compared to 83% of Labor voters.

Social security benefits are only up 3.1%, although inflation is at 6.2% and is expected to rise to over 8% later this summer.

Benefits will increase by just 3.1% – well below current inflation


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The research, including an Opinium poll of 2,008 adults, is published today in a report entitled “Stepping up: public attitudes to addressing the cost of living Crisis” by Tory-affiliated think-tank Bright Blue.

The study, seen exclusively by the Mirror, says: “Our poll shows that the British public, across political divides, supports the idea that benefit payments must be high enough for people to pay their living expenses and that finances Government support must cover their basic needs.”

Senior Research Fellow Anvar Sarygulov said, “Chancellor must stop being allergic to welfare, recognize the effectiveness of the Universal Credit system, and move forward the next benefit hike from April 2023 for a far more substantive, effective, and targeted intervention.”

A Government spokesman said: “We are aware of the pressures people are facing when it comes to the cost of living, which is why we are providing £22billion in support over the next financial year.

“That includes putting an average of £1,000 more a year into the pockets of working families by changing Universal Credit, lowering fuel taxes and helping households with their energy bills.

“We’ve also raised the minimum wage for full-time workers by more than £1,000 a year and raised Social Security thresholds to help people keep more of what they earn, while our £1billion household support fund helps those most vulnerable with essential costs. “

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