Harlow Labour candidate slams Tory employment minister after his visit to Job Centre

News / Fri 26th Oct 2018 at 02:34pm

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate condemns the Employment Minister’s comments on Universal Credit

THE Harlow Labour prospective parliamentary candidate has reacted angrily to comments made by the Tory employment minister during his visit to the Job Centre in Harlow.

Commenting on Alok Sharma MP, Minister for Employment’s visit to Harlow Job Centre, Laura McAlpine said: “Whilst it’s true that the staff at Harlow Job Centre are doing extraordinary work, Mr Sharma’s claims that Universal Credit is making a really positive difference to people’s lives, are without foundation”

“It is astonishing that he and his colleagues in the Conservative Party continue to ignore the evidence that Universal Credit is forcing people into debt and is leaving some people with no option but to turn to food banks to survive.”

Harlow Foodbank have said: “With the implementation of Universal Credit in Harlow in July 2017 we continue to see an increase in the number of local people needing the support of Harlow Foodbank. Foodbank referrals in Harlow were up by 34% (1,044 people) last year (April 17-March 18) and already this year (Apr-June 18) they are up by 31% (235 people). These increases have put an alarming strain on both our human resources and food stocks so we would ask our supporters to continue with their food and financial donations which will help us ensure we can continue to support local people in crisis”

On the 4th October The Foodbank Facebook Page published a message from a client “The foodbank has been an extremely brilliant help for me this month. I only received a tiny amount from Universal Credit recently and I was down to one packet of spaghetti to last me for nine days. I was slightly depressed when I entered here (foodbank satellite centre). Since leaving I can’t stop smiling and being completely thankful. Thank you very much indeed.”

It was only reported yesterday that The DWP’s own survey found that 40% of people were experiencing financial difficulties eight or nine months into their Universal Credit claim, and work and pensions secretary Esther McVey recently admitted the rollout would leave “some people worse off”.

The Government must act immediately and stop the roll out now. Only the Labour Party will ensure that our social security system supports all of us in our time of need and genuinely lifts people out of poverty.

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3 Comments for Harlow Labour candidate slams Tory employment minister after his visit to Job Centre:

2018-10-26 16:06:27

It's thanks to the party that she represents and yes, thats the Labour party, that this counties services such as the social security and the NHS are in such a mess. We all remember the big crash in 2008, and what party was in power at the time, yes that's right the Labour party and since 2012 when the Labour party become the administration party in Harlow, apart this year, the residents of Harlow have had to put up with increasing council tax bills and the only reason the Harlow Labour administration party did not increase the council Tax this year is because the Tory Essex county council administration party increased it. If the Tory Essex county council administration party hadn't increased the council Tax this year, there would of been no doubt that the Harlow Labour administration party would of increased the council Tax for the sixth year in a row. It's about time that the Labour party and it members, such Mps and councillors stop passing the buck and owned up to their mistakes and failings that they have been responsible for and due these mistakes and failings, this country is still suffering. Love Harlow, vote ukip.

2018-10-28 05:05:41

Same old Labour blathering, "it's all the fault of the Tories". This candidate has a very short memory, about who is responsible for the age old debt bestowed on us all, by previous Socialist administrations mad cap spending. A few suggestions about what she thinks the best way forward is, instead of droning on, as she does, blaming anybody, except the boom and bust brigade who preceded her. Labour breeds POVERTY.

2018-10-29 06:13:08

The local Labour party really have excelled themselves with this candidate. The electorate don't trust the Labour party with our hard earned taxes. No one on benefits should ever be financially better off than those that pay for it.

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