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MP votes for Government to scrap cut in Universal Credit for local families

January 19, 2021 11:48 AM

Last night, South Lakes MP Tim Farron voted in favour of a Parliamentary motion calling for the Government to scrap plans to cut Universal Credit.

A £20-a-week increase in Universal Credit was introduced last year to help families cope during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that is set to expire at the end of March.

The motion was passed by 278 votes to none, with every party in the House of Commons voting in favour of the motion apart from the Conservatives who abstained.

Tim said: "While the roll out of vaccines means that the end of this crisis is now in sight, local families still face months of real hardship.

"Cutting away support to those most in need at this very difficult time would be absolutely unthinkable.

"I really hope that last night's vote puts pressure on the Government to wake up and change their mind - desperate families across the South Lakes are counting on it."