So many people are struggling at the moment. With unemployment rising and household budgets being squeezed, a lot of people need a bit of extra help.
In a recent vote in the House of Commons, Conservative MPs refused to support extending the Universal Credit 'uplift' brought in to support people struggling financially during the pandemic, and Boris Johnson still refuses to guarantee he will not end the £20-a-week uplift in Universal Credit - worth more than £1,000 a year for around six million families.
I’m hugely disturbed by the Conservative government’s indecision on this matter - which is already impacting people's lives. Cutting support for needy people at this time is wrong.
To protect those families in need, I am fighting to:
- Reduce the waiting time for the first payment of universal credit from 5 weeks to just a few days to ensure people can pay their bills and buy essentials.
- Increase housing allowance so then its in line with the average rental cost in our area.
End the unfair Work Capability Assessments and replace them with a scheme delivered by the medical professionals people are already working with.