Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council have tonight passed a motion calling on the government to drop plans to remove the Universal Credit uplift which will affect thousands of local families.
Proposing the motion was Hinckley Lib Dem Councillor Michael Mullaney. Michael said "If the government goes ahead and removes the Universal Credit uplift it will see a £20 a week reduction in the income of nearly 7,000 families here in Hinckley and Bosworth.
Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to double the Warm Home Discount for existing recipients and make it available to 437 extra pensioners across Hinckley and Bosworth. The measure would prevent pensioners being forced to "choose between eating and heating this winter", say the Lib Dems.
Leicestershire County Council has given it's unanimous backing to a campaign by Cancer Research UK to increase funding for public health prevention services.
A motion proposed by leader of Leicestershire Lib Dems Councillor Michael Mullaney calling for support for the campaign got support from all parties. Michael Mullaney said "Almost every family in Leicestershire will have been affected by cancer. Each year around 4,000 people in the county develop cancer and sadly around 2,000 die from it.
Hinckley Liberal Democrat councillors have joined over 120,000 people in signing a petition calling for the saving of Bank branches. They are urging residents who live in the area who support the campaign to add their names to the petition.
The petition to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak calls on the government to take action to stop more bank branch closures and cash point removals.
Parents of 15,281 children in Hinckley and Bosworth would receive vouchers worth £200 a year to spend on catch-up classes and educational activities, under plans announced by the Liberal Democrats.
The policy would empower parents to help their children catch up after months of school closures and disruption during the pandemic. The vouchers could be spent on a range of activities including tutoring in reading, writing and maths, music lessons, swimming classes or other physical education.
Nearly 7,000 families here in Hinckley and Bosworth will be hit by the government's removal of the Universal Credit uplift on October the 6th.
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.
The Liberal Democrats have published figures showing that 22,270 State Pensioners here in Hinckley and Bosworth are set to be impacted by the government breaking its manifesto promise and suspending the triple lock on pensions.
The state pension triple lock is a rule that means the state pension must rise each year in line with the highest of three possible figures, inflation, average earnings or 2.5%.
A Councillor in Hinckley and Bosworth raised the issue of thousands of local families being about to be hit by a big cut in their income at a national party conference this weekend.
Hinckley Councillor Michael Mullaney spoke at the national Lib Dem Conference and raised the plight of thousands of local families who will be hit by a £20 a week cut in Universal Credit at the beginning of October.
Speaking at the conference Michael Mullaney said "According to the Joseph Rowntree Trust nearly 7,000 families in Hinckley and Bosworth will be hit by a £20 a week cut in Universal Credit. When you add to that the fact that many of the same struggling families will be hit by National Insurance rises, and the furlough scheme ending it's a time of real hardship for many families both here in Hinckley and Bosworth and nationally.
"I hope the government will reconsider and make the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift permanent. This change would be the single biggest cut in social security benefits since World War 2. If they don't drop these plans it will have a devastating impact on many struggling families here in Hinckley and Bosworth."
Bosworth Liberal Democrats have slammed Bosworth's Conservative MP's choice to break their promise to the electorate and vote for a 1.25% rise in National Insurance.
The changes, which go against the Conservatives' manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean hard-pressed local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of pounds more in tax each year.
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