Callous Conservative cut to Universal Credit will hit struggling families in Gower hardest says Tonia Antoniazzi MP.
Gower MP Tonia Antoniazzi has slammed the Conservatives proposed cut of £1000 to Universal Credit saying it would hurt struggling families by leaving out-of-work support at its lowest levels for over three decades.
The Government announced a 12-month £20 increase in Universal Credit at the onset of the Coronavirus crisis, and then in the Budget in March, the Chancellor announced a 6-month extension to the uplift until the end of September 2021.
However, this week the Secretary of State Thérèse Coffey, confirmed to the Work and Pensions Select Committee that the Government were continuing with the planned cut.
Member of Parliament for Gower, Tonia Antoniazzi has criticised the government for the cut which will hit struggling families in Swansea hardest.
Tonia Antoniazzi MP said “It is simply shameful that the Government want to take £1000 from 4400 families in Gower in a matter of months.
“The planned cut to Universal Credit would be devastating for these families who have spent the past year worried for their jobs and their financial security.”
“For millions of people on low incomes £20 a week is the difference between food in the fridge and money on the meter. Cutting incomes now shows the Conservatives simply don’t understand the realities of working people’s lives.”
“Boris Johnson shook the magic money tree to reward his cronies and friends at the cost of the taxpayer through dodgy contracts, privileged access and jobs for his mates. Our frontline workers got useless PPE while consultants earned £1000 a day. Now they are taking £1000 a year off struggling families in Swansea to recoup their recklessness.
“It is time the Government saw sense, backed struggling families and cancelled their cut to Universal Credit.”