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Councillor Gavin Clayton says “Please do ask for support if you need it. You are not alone”

The biggest overnight benefit cut in the history of the welfare state has started to bite. Thousands of families in South Cambridgeshire are losing £20 each week, around £1000 a year.

Despite calls from groups including Macmillian and Save The Children not to do this, the Conservative Government has gone ahead.

Labour Councillor Gavin Clayton, who represents Cambourne in South Cambs, said

“I made sure that funding for a Welfare and Money Maximisation Officer was included in South Cambs Council’s budget. This is a much needed post to help families navigate the complexity of the benefits system and even more so now that vital income is being snatched away by the Conservatives.

Lucy.tompkins@scambs.gov.uk is there to support South Cambridgeshire residents who are facing hardship and disadvantage because of the cut or who need other benefit advice.

“This provision is in place to mitigate some of the impact of the UC uplift removal because Labour Councillors proposed and pushed for it.”

More information is available on the South Cambs Council website here: https://www.scambs.gov.uk/universal-credit-available-support/

Councillor Clayton added

“Of course, the best way to help struggling families would be to restore this lifeline and to raise the minimum wage. In the meantime, I hope we can help families find such help as is available.”

Anna Stevenson, SE Cambridge Labour Party Equalities spokesperson condemned the benefit cut saying that

“The Governments response has been “get a better job” or “work longer hours”. This shows the complete lack of awareness of what life is like for many families. They may already be working as many hours as they can or to the best of their ability. It completely disregards the 60% of claimants who are unable to work however much they want to.

“Many families are already in financial crisis because of rapidly increasing inflation and food costs and soaring fuel bills.

“It appears, to me, to be the exact opposite of ‘levelling up’. To me it looks like callous disregard for those who live near to or beneath the poverty line.”

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