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05/10/2021

Council supports motion to extend Universal Credit uplift

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council recognises the £20 uplift in Universal credit has been a lifeline for many families, and the devastating impact that its proposed removal will have.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council recognises the £20 uplift in Universal credit has been a lifeline for many families, and the devastating impact that its proposed removal will have. The Council plans to engage with the Communities Minister, and her colleague the Finance Minister, to uphold this uplift for the remainder of the financial year.

The motion was brought to the full council meeting on Monday 27 September, proposed by Councillor Roisin Lynch and seconded by Councillor Ryan Wilson.

“This Council recognises that the £20 Universal Credit uplift has provided a lifeline to many families and recognises the devastating impact that it’s proposed removal would have at this critical juncture of the recovery period when workers face the end of the furlough scheme and massive increases in energy bills. The Council also recognises that the removal of the £20 per week payment will be devastating for those living here, will push more people into poverty, increase reliance on foodbanks and increase homelessness, as well as having dire consequences for our local economy. The Council calls on and commit to expediting a long term strategy to tackle the shameful levels of poverty and social deprivation across Antrim and Newtownabbey Council area.”

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Billy Webb said

“I am pleased the Council is supporting this motion. Given the rise in household bills and with Christmas fast approaching, the removal of this additional financial support will prove devastating for many people.”

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