Connect with us

News

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner attacks ‘shocking and callous’ move by Chancellor

Labour says the cost of living crisis is not going away and has changed the meaning of poverty

Avatar photo

Published

on

Cambridgeshire Labour Group tonight raised fears that the Household Support Fund, originally set up to support households struggling with food or fuel costs in the wake of the pandemic, is going to be discontinued following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. 

Daniel Zeichner, Cambridge MP, and Shadow Food Minister slammed the government’s proposals.

“Hidden in the small print, the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt takes food from the poor, while handing out favours to the wealthy,” he said.

Advertisements
Pictures

“This shocking and callous move tells you everything you need to know about the priorities of the Conservatives.”

Labour says the fund, administered by Cambridgeshire County Council, has been allowing successful applicants – on average 150 a day – to receive a £110 payment either directly into their bank account, or in the form of supermarket vouchers, fuel/energy vouchers or cash vouchers redeemable at PayPoint sites.

Labour councillors Richard Howitt, Bryony Goodliffe, Cllr Alex Bulat and Mike Black successfully pressed at Cambridgeshire County Council Adults & Health Committee today for more GP health checks, action to prevent falls by older people and for better health treatment for people with learning disabilities.

Labour councillors Richard Howitt, Bryony Goodliffe, Cllr Alex Bulat and Mike Black successfully pressed at Cambridgeshire County Council Adults & Health Committee today for more GP health checks, action to prevent falls by older people and for better health treatment for people with learning disabilities.

Payments can be dispensed as quickly as 4 days from the time the application is made. In the absence of further intervention from the Chancellor, the fund is set to end in April.

Cllr Alex Bulat, vice chair of the communities, social mobility, and inclusion committee on the county council, said the fund has been administered by Cambridgeshire County Council in a number of important ways.

“The CLAS (Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme) contract allows residents to receive support for white goods repair and essential home supplies,” she said.

“The fund has also contributed to a direct food voucher scheme for those eligible for free school meals.

Advertisements
canopyuk.com in-article

“Families receiving this support have told the council that this has allowed them not to rely on other offers of support e.g., local food banks and that this has ensured they have been able to make more healthy choices for their families at a time when food is so expensive.

She added: “From Shelford to Wisbech, Huntingdon to Littleport, and across all areas of Cambridge City, we see more and more of our county’s residents needing support with food and energy costs, many who have not applied for such support in the past.

“The cost of living crisis is not going away and has changed the meaning of poverty. “Many are eligible for support but do not know how to navigate a system that is new and scary to them.

“The fund has allowed immediate crisis support whilst also providing individuals with the information and tools to prevent even more increased need in the future.”

Cllr Elisa Meschini, Labour deputy leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Since the pandemic, we are seeing more and more people being pushed into hardship by the ever-worsening cost of living crisis, and being unable to access the failing Universal Credit system.

Cllr Elisa Meschini, Labour deputy leader of Cambridgeshire County Council

Cllr Elisa Meschini, Labour deputy leader of Cambridgeshire County Council

“As a result, more and more people rely on local authorities not just for essential services such as social care, but also increasingly as a welfare provider. When government persists in cutting more and more of our funding every year, both of these functions are becoming harder and harder to discharge”.

Labour says they have raised the issue as county councillors prepare to discuss the upcoming budget at a meeting of the strategy and resources committee of Cambridgeshire County Council on Tuesday 19th December

 

Facebook

Read More

Jesus Green Lock footbridge (above) and Baits Bite Lock footbridge have been temporarily closed, following the Conservators of the River Cam’s decision to close both locks. PHOTO: Camcycle Jesus Green Lock footbridge (above) and Baits Bite Lock footbridge have been temporarily closed, following the Conservators of the River Cam’s decision to close both locks. PHOTO: Camcycle
News15 hours ago

Shock Cambridge footbridge closures ‘unannounced and hugely controversial’

Closures will not affect access to the River Cam towpaths or access to Fen Road, Milton

Mind Mangler is at Cambridge Arts Theatre until Saturday, May 25. PHOTO: Pamela Raith Mind Mangler is at Cambridge Arts Theatre until Saturday, May 25. PHOTO: Pamela Raith
News16 hours ago

‘Audience wasn’t just laughing, some were in hysterics’ Mind Mangler at Cambridge

REVIEW: Mind Mangler is at Cambridge Arts Theatre until May 25.

Neighbourhood officers were on patrol in Arbury on 15 March when they saw Elsi Hafizi hand over what they suspected was drugs to a woman. Neighbourhood officers were on patrol in Arbury on 15 March when they saw Elsi Hafizi hand over what they suspected was drugs to a woman.
News16 hours ago

WATCH: Cocaine dealer caught in the act by Cambridge police

Police watch drug deal before arresting suspect

Labour group now 10 on Cambridgeshire County Council with the decision by Cllr Keith Prentice to join them. New line up revealed today. PHOTO: Cambridgeshire Labour Party Labour group now 10 on Cambridgeshire County Council with the decision by Cllr Keith Prentice to join them. New line up revealed today. PHOTO: Cambridgeshire Labour Party
News1 day ago

Former Cambridgeshire Conservative county councillor moves to Labour

Keith Prentice is the county councillor for St Neots Priory Park & Little Paxton

Charles Swift: a city councillor in Peterborough for 62 years. He is thought to have been the longest serving councillor in the country Charles Swift: a city councillor in Peterborough for 62 years. He is thought to have been the longest serving councillor in the country
News1 day ago

62 years a councillor, Peterborough honours former city mayor Charles Swift

Charles Swift passed away in August 2022 aged 92

Residents are asked to have their say on the Waterbeach to Cambridge transport scheme, that will support thousands of new homes being built in the new town and provide quick and easy options to avoid travelling on the busy A10. Residents are asked to have their say on the Waterbeach to Cambridge transport scheme, that will support thousands of new homes being built in the new town and provide quick and easy options to avoid travelling on the busy A10.
News1 day ago

Help us shape Waterbeach to Cambridge transport plans says GCP

There are three public events where people can find out more

Rytis Lisauskas, 32, had been turning up at the victim’s home in Peterborough every day since their decade-long relationship ended in July last year. Rytis Lisauskas, 32, had been turning up at the victim’s home in Peterborough every day since their decade-long relationship ended in July last year.
Crime1 day ago

Huntingdon stalker jailed for ‘violent attacks’ on ex wife in Peterborough

Victim and her family experienced 'traumatic' time

Renaldo Denollari of Elderberry Close, Ely, grew cannabis in 2 bedrooms and his loft in Ely. He has been jailed Renaldo Denollari of Elderberry Close, Ely, grew cannabis in 2 bedrooms and his loft in Ely. He has been jailed
Crime1 day ago

Jail for Ely man who used 2 bedrooms and a loft to grow cannabis

Police offer reminder on how to spot a cannabis 'farm'

Cllr Marco Cereste, surrounded by family and friends, is believed to be the first person of Italian ethnicity to be elected mayor of a British city. PHOTO: Terry Harris Cllr Marco Cereste, surrounded by family and friends, is believed to be the first person of Italian ethnicity to be elected mayor of a British city. PHOTO: Terry Harris
News2 days ago

In Peterborough Il nuovo sindaco è italiano – the new mayor is Italian

Cllr Marco Cereste arrived in England in 1953 on Coronation Day

Cllr Dennis Jones, new leader of Peterborough City Council, wants to introduce a ‘true café culture’ into the city centre and ‘make it a place where it is welcoming’ PHOTO: Terry Harris Cllr Dennis Jones, new leader of Peterborough City Council, wants to introduce a ‘true café culture’ into the city centre and ‘make it a place where it is welcoming’ PHOTO: Terry Harris
News2 days ago

‘Corbynista, tribal Labour’ leader takes the helm at Peterborough City Council

Peterborough First praised for their 'short but remarkable term in administration'