350 Conservative MPs failed to vote with Labour this week to stop Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak’s plan to cut Universal Credit by over £1,000 a year. The cut will hit 7459 families in Sheffield Heeley.
Labour forced a crunch vote in the House of Commons to scrap the cut, which is equivalent to the cost of an average family’s annual electricity, gas and internet bills combined.
The Government’s mismanagement of the pandemic response has left Britain with the worst recession of any major economy. It is unthinkable that Conservative MPs are pulling away support from families in the midst of this economic crisis.
Child poverty is on the rise, and yet the Government is trying to make families pay the price of their incompetence, hitting household incomes and threatening our recovery. Families deserve support during this crisis, not cuts. This government needs to give them the certainty and security they deserve.