Government accused of being “heartless” as 51,098 could be hit with benefit cuts

Analysis from the House of Commons Library commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has shown that across Sittingbourne & Sheppey and Faversham & Mid Kent, 6,004 people who receive the Disability Living Allowance, which helps disabled people with living costs, would be in line to take a real terms cut to their income. 

The families of disabled children who require the most support, meanwhile, would see a devastating £229 less per year in real terms. 

The research shows that a staggering total of 51,098  across Sittingbourne and Sheppey and Faversham and Mid Kent constituencies could end up seeing their support cut should the Conservatives go through with their plans.

The Liberal Democrat Group Leader at Swale Borough Council, Cllr Ben J Martin has urged the Government to immediately uprate benefits across the board for all those who need them. Cllr Martin has said that every hour the Government doesn't commit to uprating benefits thousands in Swale and across Kent face sleepless nights.

"People I speak to in Faversham, Sittingbourne, Sheppey and across Kent are horrified that support for the most vulnerable, such as disabled children, could soon be cut to the bone. I know many people are gripped with anxiety over this potential blow, which could push many of them into poverty and hurt their ability to care for their loved ones.

"It is quite unbelievable how out of touch and heartless this government has become. They’re on another planet if they think people in Swale want to see less support for the poorest and for vulnerable children, for the sake of tax cuts for the richest corporations. 

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

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