October 18th, 2022.

Lewes Lib Dems release:

James MacCleary and local Lib Dems have condemned the Government for its refusal to commit to uprating benefits in line with inflation.

Analysis from the House of Commons Library commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has shown that in Lewes District, 1,994 people who receive the Disability Living Allowance, which helps disabled people with living costs, would be in line to take a real terms cut to their income. In neighbouring Wealden District there are a further 1,870 people affected.

The families of disabled children who require the most support, meanwhile, would see a devastating £229 less per year in real terms.

The research shows that a staggering total of 33,422 people across Lewes and Wealden Districts could end up seeing their support cut should the Conservatives go through with their plans.

James MacCleary, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Lewes constituency, which includes Polegate, Newhaven, Seaford, Lewes and surrounding villages, said: "This government seems to plumb new depths on a daily basis. Cutting support for the most vulnerable people in our society at a time when their cost of living crisis is spiraling out of control is cruel and heartless.

"I know many people are gripped with anxiety over this potential blow, which could push many of them into poverty and hurt their ability to care for their loved ones.

"The local Conservative MP, Maria Caulfield, has backed scrapping the cap on bankers' bonuses, but has not said anything about this. It really shows us where her priorities lie. There are thousands of people in our communities who need support but are instead being abandoned.

"I want to see the government commit to up-rating benefits with inflation immediately to put an end to the anguish people are feeling."
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