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Keir Starmer and Cllr Kieron Williams tell Government to protect family incomes in Southwark this lockdown

13 January 2021

Labour leader Keir Starmer and Cllr Kieron Williams are calling on the Government ‘to put families first during lockdown’ by supporting parents and protecting household incomes:

1. Backing local government and giving it the money it needs to prevent the council tax rise that they have told councils to introduce, which will cost the average Band D household an extra £91 a year. 
2. Stopping the planned cut in Universal Credit, which would put an extra £1,000 in the pockets of six million families.
3. Giving our key workers the pay rise they deserve, including our teachers, armed forces and care workers.
4. Extending the ban on evictions and repossessions while the UK remains in lockdown.

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said,
“The Government must secure the economy to protect family incomes and protect business in Southwark.
"While millions are worried about the future of their jobs and how they will make ends meet, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak are forcing local government to hike up council tax. The Prime Minister said he would do “whatever is necessary” to support local authorities in providing vital services – he needs to make good on that promise.
“This government has got the wrong priorities for this country and for Southwark. They gave Dominic Cummings a £40,000 pay rise but won’t pay our carers a decent wage. This is the Government that wasted £22 billion of taxpayers’ money on a testing system that doesn’t work but now won’t find the money to support families. And this is the Government that sprayed money on private contracts that didn’t deliver but won’t give councils the support they need."

Cllr Kieron Williams said,
“The Conservatives’ plan for Southwark in 2021 is simple - underfund the council and force cuts to local services for residents.  They have broken their promise to cover the cost of Covid and subsequently are forcing the council to make some really difficult decisions with our budget this year. Covid has cost Southwark over £97m so far and every pound that the Conservatives don’t reimburse us makes it more difficult to continue with our day to day work.
“Families in Southwark have been let down time and again by this government - it’s obvious what their priorities are, and it’s not us."


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