Ogmore MP slams UK Government Spending Review as Chancellor breaks promises to Wales
Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has strongly criticised the decisions taken by the Chancellor in Wednesday’s Spending Review. Following the statement, key workers in Ogmore face a real terms pay cut, and families on Universal Credit could lose more than £1000 when the Universal Credit uplift ends in April. The UK Government has also once again failed to deliver the cash promised to rebuild those communities affected by floods earlier this year, and to make safe the coal tips that overshadow many of those communities.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“We know that Coronavirus has had a deeply damaging effect on jobs and businesses across the nation. But this Spending Review was an opportunity to protect key workers, secure the economy and recover jobs in every part of our country.
“Sadly, the Chancellor has made the wrong choices - hammering our amazing key workers with a real terms pay cut, refusing to to guarantee the Universal Credit uplift that is keeping so many families afloat, and once again, failing to invest in Wales.
“We have been repeatedly promised funding for communities living under the shadow of potentially unsafe coal tips, and still suffering the after effects of terrible flooding earlier this year. But the Chancellor has once again failed to put his money where his mouth is. Wales is being drastically short-changed by a government which is breaking all its promises on replacing EU funding.”