WANTAGE and Didcot Liberal Democrats have condemned the Government for their ‘refusal to commit to uprating benefits’ in line with inflation.

The political party has also called for David Johnston MP to oppose any cuts to benefits and to commit to vote against any such proposals in Parliament.

Analysis from the House of Commons Library, commissioned by the Liberal Democrats, has shown that in Wantage and Didcot constituency 2,240 people who receive the Disability Living Allowance would be in line to take a real terms cut to their income.

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The research also shows that a total of 17,648 people in the constituency could end up seeing their support cut.

The Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Wantage and Didcot, Olly Glover, has urged the Government to immediately uprate benefits across the board for all those who need them.

He said: "I know many people are gripped with anxiety over this potential blow. All the more so as the wider cost of living crisis is already causing hardship. It is quite unbelievable how out of touch and heartless this government has become.

“They're on another planet if they think people our area want to see less support for the poorest and for vulnerable children.

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"The Government must end the anguish and worry of local families and commit to up-rating benefits with inflation immediately.”


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

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