Universal credit could silence working-class writers, MPs told

All-party inquiry into authors’ incomes hears new benefit’s rules could mean only the wealthy will write. Meanwhile booksellers welcomed budget business-rate changesMPs have been warned that the rollout of universal credit championed in Monday’s budget will further undermine professional writers’ falling incomes. As a result, authors such as 2018 Man Booker prize winner Anna Burns, JK Rowling and Sarah Waters, all of whom relied on benefits to write their breakout bestsellers, would be unable to write full-time unless they had an alternative income.In the acknowledgments to her winning novel, Milkman, Burns thanked her local food bank, various charities and benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions for support that enabled her to write the book. Continue reading…

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