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Hinckley Lib Dem Councillor urges Bosworth's Conservative MP to join calls for Chancellor to roll out more financial support 

December 16, 2020 2:45 PM

Hinckley and Bosworth Liberal Democrats have condemned the Chancellor for failing to introduce a comprehensive plan to save jobs after it was revealed that 2,880 people in Hinckley and Bosworth are currently on Universal Credit.

Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine criticised Rishi Sunak's "constant chop-and-change approach", urging him to put in place a proper plan to protect jobs as the Government still struggles to get a grip over rising cases of coronavirus.

The figures revealed that 4.5% of people of working age in Hinckley and Bosworth are on Universal Credit.

Following this, local Liberal Democrats urged Bosworth's Conservative MP to join their calls for the Chancellor to ensure the furlough scheme remains in place until at least June 2021, as well as overturning their decision to ignore the 3 million individuals still locked out of any Government coronavirus support schemes.

This follows the Liberal Democrats' call for the Prime Minister to negotiate a 6 month Adjustment Period for businesses, giving them crucial breathing space once the UK leaves the transition period.

Hinckley Liberal Democrat Michael Mullaney added:

"These unemployment figures reveal just how many people in Hinckley and Bosworth have been let down by this Conservative Government. Too many families will be worrying about how they're going to put food on the table this Christmas thanks to Rishi Sunak's failure to keep his promise that no-one would be left behind.

"That is why the Liberal Democrats are urging Bosworth's Conservative MP to join us in urging the Chancellor to roll out more support for people in our area. Unfortunately the pandemic is far from over and it is crucial we see the Government step up to support the most vulnerable in the coming months."

Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:

"The Chancellor's constant chop-and-change approach to the furlough scheme and his inability to put together a comprehensive plan to save jobs is taking a huge toll.

"The Government must ensure furlough stays in place until at least June - and extend support to the three million people who still remain excluded from any support whatsoever. Just as crucially, Ministers must ensure there is an Adjustment Period for businesses before new trade rules begin, to avoid a second spike in redundancies."

Councillor Michael Mullaney