our Essentials

Ahead of the next general election, call on UK political party leaders to make sure Universal Credit protects people from going without the essentials.

Despite living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, five out of six low-income households receiving Universal Credit are going without essentials, driving more and more people into hardship and through the doors of food banks.  

Do you agree this isn’t right? 

Everyone’s circumstances can change. Losing your job, needing to care for a sick family member, breaking up with your partner – these are things that can happen to any of us.  

Our social security system should offer adequate support to anyone in need of help, but right now it’s not based on an objective assessment of what things cost and isn’t even providing enough to cover life’s essentials. 

Will you help change this? 

You can help today by joining our call to UK political party leaders to support the introduction of an Essentials Guarantee within Universal Credit to ensure that the basic rate at least covers life’s essentials, such as food and bills, and can never be pulled below that level.  

“The current amount of Universal Credit people are receiving has no bearing on basic human needs. It is meant to be a safety net, but this net is full of very big holes, which people are falling through thick and fast and ending up in crisis.” Ian Oulton, Trustee, West Cheshire Foodbank 

Add your name now. Together, we’re supporting millions of people to take a stand and urge party leaders to commit to ensuring everyone can afford the essentials we all need to get by. 

Find out more about the difference an Essentials Guarantee would make here