Guarantee our Essentials

We’re calling on the UK government to Guarantee our Essentials

The Trussell Trust, alongside the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, has launched a new campaign, calling on the UK government to Guarantee our Essentials.

We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and yet people here in Liverpool are going without the essentials we all need to get by.

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.

That’s why Universal Credit should offer support to anyone in need of help, but right now it’s not providing enough to cover the cost of life’s essentials, such as food, household bills and travel costs, with 90% of low-income households receiving Universal Credit going without.

We can’t always deal with what life throws at us on our own, which is why we need to have a system in place that supports us all to afford the essentials while we recover from setbacks.

The UK government must make sure the basic rate of Universal Credit at least covers life’s essentials and that support can never be pulled below that level.

It’s time for the UK government to guarantee our essentials.

We’re proud to support this campaign at Feeding Liverpool, as we see first-hand how low levels of social security affect people in our community.

Watch this video to understand more and join the campaign at