Ceredigion MP encourages Chancellor to extend vital welfare lifeline


Plaid Cymru MPs are calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to make permanent a temporary increase in Universal Credit, to help protect those at risk of falling further into hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.    

Ben Lake MP wants the UK Treasury to extend the Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit uplift of £20 a week, brought in at the start of the pandemic, as figures from the Department of Work and Pensions reveal a significant increase in the number of Universal Credit claimants in Ceredigion since March 2020.   

The Chancellor neglected to commit to extending the welfare lifeline during his most recent spending review.     

Ben Lake MP said: 

“The impact of Covid-19 on society has been significant, and the economic consequences locally have resulted in many more people relying on Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit to support themselves and their families through the pandemic. 

"The decision last year to increase the standard allowance by £20 a week was widely welcomed, and as Covid-19 continues to cause serious disruption to people’s lives, the UK Government should make this uplift permanent, so that families across the county need not suffer a sudden drop in income at the end of March. 

It is vital therefore that the Universal Credit and Tax Credit uplift is extended as the economic consequences of Covid-19 will continue to be felt for some time yet. Maintaining the £20 a week uplift would offer a lifeline to families trying to get back on their feet, and help stop many falling into a spiral of debt.” 

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