Rotherham Conservative MP blasts councils “hypocrisy” over Universal Credit U-turn

Rother Valley’s Conservative MP has blasted Rotherham Council’s Labour administration for their “hypocrisy” over their calls for the government not to cut a Universal Credit uplift.

Friday, 24th September 2021, 11:08 am

Rotherham’s Labour group have called for the government to rethink the removal of a £20 per week Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit uplift, which is due to be made next month.

Councillors say the move will leave 30,000 households in Rotherham £1,040 worse off every year, 16,380 of which have children.

In March 2020, the government increased Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit by £20 a week, to support households struggling during the pandemic.

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However, the extra cash is set to be cut by ministers on October 6, in what councillors have called “cruel”.

Alexander Stafford, Conservative MP for Rother Valley said that the council had “highlighted their hypocrisy” after raising council tax earlier this year.

“Labour run Rotherham Council, once again highlight their own hypocrisy,” said Mr Stafford.

“After all it was Labour who chose to hit hardworking people of Rother Valley this year by hiking council tax, hiking council house rent and hiking garage and parking charges in the midst of a global pandemic despite being given over £10 million more funding from the Government.

“Rather than trying to deflect from their own financial mismanagement – Labour run Rotherham council really should get their own house in order before trying to pass motions in an attempt to gaslight the electorate.”