The Powys Liberal Democrats have condemned the Chancellor for failing to introduce a comprehensive plan to save jobs, after it was revealed that over 3,400 people in Powys are currently on Universal Credit.
Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine criticised Rishi Sunak's "constant chop-and-change approach", urging him to put in place a proper plan to protect jobs.
The figures revealed that almost 5% of people of working age in Powys are on Universal Credit. With more than 3,400 people relying upon welfare payments to get by.
Following this, Powys Liberal Democrats are urging local Conservative MPs Fay Jones and Craig Williams to join their calls for the Chancellor to ensure the furlough scheme remains in place until at least June 2021.
They have also called for greater support for the self-employed and freelancers, urging the Chancellor to stop ignoring the 3 million individuals still locked out of any Government coronavirus support schemes.
This follows the Liberal Democrats' call for the Prime Minister to negotiate a 6-month Adjustment Period for businesses, giving them crucial breathing space once the UK leaves the Brexit transition period.
Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
"These unemployment figures reveal just how many people Powys have been let down by this Conservative Government.
“Too many families will be worrying about how they're going to put food on the table this Christmas thanks to Rishi Sunak's failure to keep his promise that no-one would be left behind.
"That is why the Liberal Democrats have urged both Fay Jones and Craig Williams to join us in urging the Chancellor to roll out more support for people in Powys.
“Unfortunately, the pandemic is far from over and it is crucial we see the Government step up to support the most vulnerable in the coming months."
Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:
"The Chancellor's constant chop-and-change approach to the furlough scheme and his inability to put together a comprehensive plan to save jobs is taking a huge toll.
"The Government must ensure furlough stays in place until at least June – and extend support to the three million people who still remain excluded from any support whatsoever.
“Just as crucially, Ministers must ensure there is an Adjustment Period for businesses before new trade rules begin, to avoid a second spike in redundancies."