Christina Rees, MP for Neath, has called on the UK Government to urgently cancel their plans to slash Universal Credit by more than £1000 per year in April – a move that would affect thousands of families in Neath.
Rees’ call came as the UK Government refused to back Labour’s House of Commons motion scrapping the cut.
Under current UK Government plans, 6689 people in Neath who claim Universal Credit will see their income slashed by £20 a week as cuts come into effect in April.
Christina Rees, MP for Neath, said:
“The sacrifices that families across Neath have made in the past year have been unimaginable. For many of these families Universal Credit has provided a lifeline, but by planning to cut this lifeline by £20 a week Conservative MPs are choosing to push families in Neath further into hardship.
Tory mismanagement of the pandemic has caused Britain to suffer the worst recession of any major economy. Protecting families should have been at the forefront of the UK Government’s response, but instead they have wasted £22bn of taxpayers money on a failed test and trace system.
“It is unthinkable that the UK Government plan to slash Universal Credit at a time when families are most in need. I will continue to stand up for struggling families in Neath, and call on Boris Johnson to cancel the cut.”