I’m urging Conservative MPs across South Yorkshire to put residents and communities first, by opposing the planned Universal Credit Cuts, which are due to be introduced on the 6 October.
It’s estimated that more than 132,000 households claiming Universal Credit across South Yorkshire will be adversely affected by the planned tory cuts. This figure includes more than 82,900 children.
The cut to Universal Credit will hit more than 132,00 families in South Yorkshire and leave children further in poverty. For many families, the extra £20 a week will be the difference between whether they can put food on the table and heat their homes this winter.
It’s shameful that the very people who were on the frontline during this pandemic are now set to be plunged into hardship. I cannot and will not stand back and allow it to go ahead without a fight.
We need all three Conservative MPs in South Yorkshire to stand up for their constituents, do the right thing and oppose this cut. First and foremost, they were elected to serve their constituents who need them now.
At the start of the pandemic, the Government increased the standard allowance of Universal Credit by £20 per week which is set to be removed in five weeks’ time. This cut of over £1,000 a year to millions of families is the biggest overnight cut to the social security system since World War II.
The Government had originally planned to implement the cut in April 2021 but were forced to change course after Labour successfully won a vote in House of Commons in January.
Since then, the Party have continued to call for the Government to cancel this cut and are now bringing another vote on the.
Labour have warned that the cut would damage the country’s economic recovery by taking money out of the economy that would have been spent with local businesses.
The cut has been opposed by prominent Conservatives, including Sir Iain Duncan Smith along with five of his successors as DWP Secretary of State. Dozens of charities have also voiced their support for the campaign, warning that proceeding with cut would push 500,000 more people into poverty.