An announcement by the Chancellor last Wednesday, confirming that the Treasury will put £1 billion towards softening the effects of Universal Credits, has been welcomed by Polegate’s MP.
The change, which follows lobbying by Maria Caulfield together with former Work & Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan-Smith & Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen, is expected to benefit some three million households.
Welcoming the announcement, Maria said, “I am delighted by this decision. Although I agree that our welfare system must continue to make work pay, I felt that the many concerns over the severity of changes to Universal Credits - as raised by people across the country, as well as within my constituency - needed to be heard.
“I was therefore, very pleased to co-sign a letter to the Chancellor, requesting that the changes to Universal Credits are softened, and very much welcome this important move for families across my constituency of Lewes.”