Turn2us responds to announcement of General Election


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In response to the announcement of a General Election on 4 July, Thomas Lawson, CEO of anti-poverty charity Turn2us, says:

“Thousands of people continue to contact the Turn2us helpline each month – many are skipping meals and getting into debt to pay their household bills and rent. The deepening level of poverty in the UK is a direct result of the erosion of the real-terms value of benefits and a punitive approach to social security.

“In the run up to the election and beyond, we urge political leaders to listen to people's experiences and design a compassionate and fair system that works for everyone. This must begin with ensuring benefits adequately cover essential living costs and abolishing ineffective measures like the two-child limit and sanctions. People across the UK want a system that supports and reassures anyone struggling to get by - a system we can all be proud of.”