Lots of residents have been contacting us in regard to the government’s plans to scrap the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift.
We share your concerns about this and understand how important this issue is for many of our constituents.
As you may know, the Labour party has been lobbying the government hard on this. A non-binding Labour motion calling for the universal credit top-up to be kept in place beyond 31 March passed by 278 votes to none after a Commons debate.
On a local level, Labour Councillors were pleased to vote in favour of the motion that came to Full Council in December, calling on the Government to make the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift permanent.
Unfortunately, the Government are yet to commit to this – choosing instead only to extend the uplift by six months and leaving families without certainty or security beyond that.
Rest assured that Labour will keep the pressure up on the Conservative Government to make the Universal Credit uplift permanent and ensure that we have a benefits system in place that allows people to make ends meet.
Thank you to everyone who has got in touch with us about such an important issue. Your Labour Councillors will continue to raise this and look for further opportunities to help all members of our community.
Brighton & Hove Labour Group of Councillors
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