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Liberal Democrats call on Tories to show some human decency

February 8, 2019 12:47 PM
Originally published by Liberal Democrat Group on Norfolk County Council

Norfolk Liberal Democrats are proposing that this year's £1 million cut to those people who need the minimum income guarantee (MIG) be stopped.

MIG enables those adults who require care and support to have enough income to cover their day-to-day basic living costs. The Tories want to reduce this figure to the absolute minimum required by law - a figure the Conservative-led government has not increased since 2014/15.

Liberal Democrat County Councillor Brian Watkins says: "the Tories are paying lip service to the most vulnerable in our society. They did not listen to the public's comments to stop this cut. The Tories cut will have a lasting effect on the health and wellbeing of so many people who need our help.

"If you judge a Council by its actions then Norfolk County Council have failed the compassion test. This is a punitive and uncaring decision by the Tories and we ask them to stop this cut before Norfolk starts to be called a nasty council.

"There are better ways to make financial savings without inflicting pay and suffering onto those who can least afford it.

"Liberal Democrats judge a council by how the services it provides affects the opportunities and freedoms for the least advantaged in our communities.

We need to be doing more for these people not less."

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