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100,000 care staff 'stuck in Universal Credit hole'.

Byline: RACHEL WEARMOUTH and ALETHA ADU

LOW wages and zerohours contracts mean about 100,000 care workers are trapped on Universal Credit, research suggests.

The GMB union said carers' pay was shocking.

And it warned the decision to slash PS20-aweek from the benefit will create a perfect storm.

Kelly Andrews, GMB national officer, said: "It should be a source of national shame that the dedicated care workers who cared for individuals and kept many alive during pandemic are paid so badly that they are on Universal Credit."

BENEFIT The union's analysis of official data found that one in 10 care workers in England claim the benefit.

On average, carers were paid PS8.72 an hour on average in England last year. A third were on zero hours contracts, rising to half in London, it added.

A Government spokesman said "the uplift to Universal Credit was always temporary" and had served its purpose of helping claimants through the worst of the pandemic.

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Date:Sep 13, 2021
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