Grahame Morris MP urged the Government to cancel the planned cut to the £20/week uplift in Universal Credit, in yesterday afternoon’s Opposition Day debate.
The cancellation of the uplift would result in a loss of over £1,000 per year for the almost 6 million families who are dependant on Universal Credit.
Describing the Government’s decision to increase Universal Credit by £20 per week at the outset of the pandemic, Mr Morris said, ‘this was not an altruistic gift. It was a political calculation.’
He said, ‘The lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people in society only seem to concern the Conservative leadership when they risk bad headlines.’
He went on to say, ‘The government are too busy making political calculations, affecting the lives over 10,000 people in my constituency of Easington who are receipt of Universal Credit.’
The Easington MP concluded: ‘U-turn today, consolidate the uplift, and give some security to the millions of people who have been let down by this Government.’