On Sunday, Roberta appeared on Sunday Politics North East and Cumbria, in which she discussed the economic effects of Brexit on the region and the problems Universal Credit is causing for local families.
According to DEMOS the North East is one of the most vulnerable regions in England specifically relating to economic risks post Brexit in reference to the manufacturing sector.
Roberta was very clear in highlighting that the Government must take action to ensure that businesses continue to invest in the UK, providing the North East with the jobs and industry that is needed.
Roberta also stressed the importance of some of the biggest manufacturing firms, such as the companies Nissan and Hitachi, and the critical need for tariff free access markets if they are going to not only to compete but to continue to exist. 40% of North East exports are associated with the car factory Nissan and this must continue to be the case if we want to ensure families in the region feel secure in their jobs.
Roberta also spoke about all types of manufacturing in the region, with emphasis on smaller local firms. Roberta is committed to lobbying that these smaller manufacturing companies in Durham have tariff free access to the European markets.
Roberta also criticised the Conservative Government following reports of families’ struggling with the introduction of Universal Credit.
The Government have massively underfunded this whole system with an insufficient amount of time to get the proper system in place.
Roberta focused on recent statistics found by Crisis, in which they reported that 89% of English local authorities are concerned that the roll out of Universal Credit will exacerbate homelessness further. Roberta again highlighted that the reported delays to process claims of 6 weeks are turning to 3 months which leave people in debt and losing their homes if they rent in the private sector.
Roberta ultimately noted that universal credit was supposed to support the most vulnerable in society, yet is actually attacking them, with working families being up to £2,600 a year worse off as a result of this government’s changes.
The Government needs to reverse the cuts and slowing down the rate of roll out until there is an appropriate system in place. Tory cuts have significantly reduced the levels of support available through Universal Credit, undermining its original ambitions.
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