UK Credit

Newtown adviser calls for credit surge to stay

Powys County Council will not send letters urging the UK government to maintain the weekly £ 20 increase in universal credit.

Newtown County Councilor David Selby said the Covid-19 situation was impacting people’s lives and the uprising should be brought on.

Conservative county MPs will not be asked to oppose the “cut” of universal credit either.

A motion by Labor advisers proposing such a move was defeated.

An alternative motion was presented by Conservative group leader and finance portfolio holder Cllr Aled Davies, and superseded their proposal.

Cllr Davies called on the council to “work in partnership with counseling agencies to support residents affected by the removal of the temporary increase in universal credit.”

He said: “The amendment focuses on what we can do in the Powys.

“The Chancellor was extremely clear when this increase was introduced it was a temporary response to the pandemic.

“We are in a much more positive position since the end of the pandemic and restrictions, vacancies are at pre-pandemic levels at an all time high.

“This is a promising sign that the economy is recovering quickly, the UK government recognizes that work is the best route to prosperity and it is right for the government to focus on helping the return to work.”

Cllr David Selby, for the Liberal Democrats, wondered when the Covid-19 pandemic was over?

Cllr Selby said: “My reading of the situation is that we are sadly in a protracted crisis, with food shortages, large increases in utility prices and increases in the cost of living.

“All of them have a huge impact on the beneficiaries of universal credit.

“With that in mind, it is clear that the increase is expected to continue.

“Looking back, the cabinet has rightly trumpeted the need to put pressure on the Welsh government over their financial settlement and underlined the particular needs of the Powys.

“Now when we have the opportunity to pressure the UK government over a decision that would disproportionately disadvantage thousands of Powys residents, they are instead shirking their responsibility.”

Cllr Davies told advisers he “didn’t say” the pandemic was over but that the economy was “definitely recovering”

Cllr Davies said: “We are committed to supporting the lowest paid and most vulnerable in society, we are one of the few local authorities that have money advice agents.

“I’m much more interested in doing things than writing letters and making sure our communities have the right supports in place and the economy is strong enough to support higher wages and better jobs.”

Cllr Sarah Williams of Labor urged Cllr Davies to change her mind and said: “Unless we have these benefits, our advisers are not in a position to support the people who are looking for the money they so desperately have. need right now.

“You say you want to support people, all you have to do is write a letter, it’s not asking for anything.”

“Shame on anyone who can’t stand this.”

Cllr Davies’ amendment was voted on twice.

The first time to succeed the original motion, it was adopted by 26 votes to 23 with three abstentions.

The second time on the merits and was adopted by 35 votes to 11, with eight abstentions.

By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Information Service

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