Gower MS welcomes doubling of support fund to help families hit hardest by the cost-of-living crisis
Welsh Labour’s Member of the Senedd for Gower, Rebecca Evans MS, has welcomed the doubling of the Welsh Government’s Winter Fuel Support Scheme payment to £200 as the cost-of-living crisis intensifies.
The one-off payment – which was launched in December – is now being extended to support eligible households with rising energy bills and costs, providing further support for people facing rising living costs this winter.
It is part of the Welsh Labour Government’s bespoke Household Support Fund, which is providing £51m of targeted support for families and the most vulnerable in society.
This announcement comes as the Conservative UK Government continues to refuse to reverse its £20 cut to Universal Credit which has impacted tens of thousands of families in Wales and amid the triple whammy facing people – grocery bills rising, energy costs increasing, and Tory tax rises coming down the tracks which are going to make this crisis even worse.
Welcoming the doubling of the support payment, Rebecca Evans MS said:
“Families in Gower are facing a cost-of-living crisis thanks to the economic choices and mismanagement of the UK Conservative Government.”
“As the Conservatives continue to be distracted by the growing scandals in 10 Downing Street, they are once again failing families. The Welsh Labour Government is stepping in and doing everything they can within their powers and budget to support families through what is turning out to be a difficult winter.
“I welcome the doubling of the support from the Welsh Government to help with heating and eating pressures and I again call on the Conservatives to reverse their cut to Universal Credit and to take meaningful action to address the cost-of-living crisis which people across Gower are facing.”