The Government Minister responsible for Universal Credit, Esther McVey MP has told Warrington Conservatives that she has been listening to the concerns of claimants, constituents, charities and welfare organisations since becoming Secretary of State, allowing her to make changes and adapt the new system to help it deliver.
Speaking at an event in Lymm on Friday 2nd November she confirmed that announcements in last week’s budget would mean an additional £4.5billion extra being spent over the next five years supporting claimants. The measure will include help for those with young families, the self-employed, disabled people and those migrating from legacy benefits such as Jobseakers’ Allowance, Employment as Support Allowance and Income Support.
Ms McVey said the government is focused on helping people into work and up the career ladder: “Since 2010 we’ve added on average 1,000 more jobs each and every day – and despite what some in the Labour Party might say the majority of these are full time permanent roles. Here in Warrington there are 900 more people in work compared with when we moved into government and that’s something that hasn’t just happened by accident”.
Chair of Warrington Conservatives Paul Campbell said “trapping people on benefits, preventing them from entering the opportunity of work and getting on in life and at the same time delivering a huge bill to the taxpayer is one of Labour’s shameful legacies. Local people tell us that they want to see a benefits system which helps those who really need help in Warrington and gives a hand up to those who want to get into employment”.