Source: Labour List UK
Anneliese Dodds has called on the government to bring forward an “economic package that acknowledges reality and gets ahead of the problems we face” in the coronavirus pandemic this winter.
In an opposition day debate on economic support during Covid, the Shadow Chancellor demanded a “wage support scheme that works properly, a safety net worthy of the name” and financial support to run alongside any restrictions.
Dodds outlined the inconsistent approach seen from the Conservatives on financial support in the coronavirus crisis, highlighting that while Liverpool recently received just £3.49 per head in support, others such as Leicester were given £7.30.
She asked why the government has not used £1.3bn of unspent emergency funding to support businesses that need help. The government recently required areas to repay any of the unspent cash given to councils earlier in the crisis.
Dodds also again pushed the Chancellor to fix the problems with Universal Credit, uprate the local housing allowance to median market rents, scrap the benefit cap and abolish the two-child limit on UC and tax credits.