Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Tories and Independents refuse to support Plaid Wrecsam motion to pause Universal Credit roll out

Tonight Plaid Cymru's group on Wrexham Council put forward a motion to pause Universal Credit because it is a bureaucratic nightmare leading to 10-week delays in payments for the 7,000 people locally who are on this benefit (many of whom are in work).
The motion simply called on the UK Government to pause the implementation of Universal Credit.
Watch for yourself as Cllr Mark Pritchard opposes this very straightforward motion, which would have meant a letter of protest going from the Tory/Independent council to the Tory Government in London.
I've come to the conclusion that the council leader deliberately misunderstood the motion in order to vote this down. Shameful but not surprising to see the two independent groups backing the Tory government on this.
The vote was lost 34-16.

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