EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell is offering to personally meet Eastbourne people hit by the Universal Credit ‘cut.’

The £20 uplift from Boris is going – a decision Caroline is against.

Now she will meet locals affected.

She said: “Can I say if you are impacted by this change and would like to meet me to discuss in further detail, would you contact me, by email or phone? “

Caroline added: “There was an opposition debate this week on the £20 uplift to Universal Credit, made at the onset of the pandemic.
 
I personally support maintaining the uplift but the government’s position – that this was a temporary award – still stands.    
 
The decision not to make the uplift permanent was made months ago but I did again restate my support for it to the Chancellor. The truth of it is there was no debate and no vote this week which would have overturned the Treasury decision. The uplift is programmed to end October 6th, having been extended beyond its original 6 months.  
 
In this light, I have asked that should the uplift fall as planned, that we provide a fund, such as the Winter Grant Scheme administered as before by the East Sussex County Council. This allowed a draw down for those in greatest need.  
 
On wider UC support, I am petitioning for reforms including cutting the taper rate, increasing work allowances and re-linking Universal Credit to the cost of living to realise its full potential as a dynamic, empowering means to provide welfare and support people into work. This is especially key with the rise of inflation we have just seen.  
  
I will be working closely with local councils, the job centre and local charities in the next weeks and months to come to understand and respond to the situation on the ground.”