Nearly 7,000 families here in Hinckley and Bosworth will be hit by the government's removal of the Universal Credit uplift on 6 October.
This will see thousands of local families have their income cut by £20 a week. In response to this Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrat Councillors have tabled a motion calling on the government to think again about their plans.
Proposing the motion Hinckley Lib Dem Councillor Michael Mullaney said "Hitting struggling families with a £20 a week reduction in income would be bad at any time. But doing it now, as the furlough scheme comes to an end, as fuel and other prices are rising sharply and when people in work will have to start paying higher National Insurance next year all adds up to putting massive stresses and strains on local families.
"I hope the Council will pass this motion and oppose the reduction in Universal Credit. I hope the Tory government will then listen and drop their plans that will hurt the most struggling families locally"
Seconding the motion Hinckley Lib Dem Councillor Ann Pendlebury said "“With inflation on the rise, increasing costs in energy and food, and government imposed rise in national insurance, reducing universal credit to those most in need will have a devastating effect. Our food banks have already seen a rise of 33% in the last 12 months therefore it is absolutely vital that, as winter approaches and the cold weather sets in, we don’t force even more of our elderly and the poorest our towns and villages to choose between eating and warmth”
The wording of the motion is:
Making the Universal Credit Uplift permanent
Council notes that the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift is coming to an end on October 6th
According to the Joseph Rowntree Trust 6,790 families locally will be hit by the £20 a week Universal Credit reduction
The cut in Universal Credit comes at a time when many people are struggling to meet the costs of rising energy bills and many low income working people will also be hit by National Insurance rises from April 2023.
Council calls on the government to drop its plans to reduce Universal Credit and to make the Universal Credit Uplift permanent
Council resolves to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for the Universal Credit uplift to be made permanent