The Cabinet at Eastleigh Borough Council have declared a 'Cost of Living Emergency' and called on the government to do more to address price rises which are squeezing the household budgets of millions across the country.
The motion, brought forward by Cllr Liz Jarvis, calls on the government to:
- Immediately reduce the standard rate of VAT from 20% to 17.5 % for one year, saving the average household in Eastleigh a further £600 this year.
- Immediately re-introduce the pensions triple lock to support Eastleigh pensioners.
- Immediately restore the Universal Credit supplement of £20, which as cancelled by Government in September 2021.
- Immediately change taxation on fuel to transfer the risk of price changes to the Government, with fuel prices pegged at long-term average prices.
Councillor Keith House said: ‘This is a very real crisis that is of grave concern to many of our residents; the Government must take definitive action now to protect those who are most vulnerable, as a local authority we will do everything in our power to support our residents during this worrying time, but more must be done at central government level to alleviate this crisis.’
The motion has been sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. EBC awaits a response.
Liz Jarvis has been selected by party members to be the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate to contest the Eastleigh constituency at the next General Election.
Liz lives in the constituency where she serves as a school governor and as a borough councillor for Hamble and Netley. Since being elected, Liz successfully pushed for Eastleigh Borough Council to declare a 'Cost of Living Emergency' which demands that the government take action to address the increasing affects of rising energy bills, fuel costs, and inflation. She has also led the community effort to oppose Hampshire County Council's plans to build a gravel pit on Hamble Airfield - this plan would destroy a valuable community greenspace, as well as increase traffic and pollution in the village.
In her career as a journalist, she has been published in multiple national newspapers and had a national column by the age of 25. She has edited three magazines and worked closely with the cruise industry in Southampton for nearly a decade. Alongside this, she is a trustee for a charity that supports families facing financial hardship. A passionate advocate for increasing female representation in parliament, Liz served as Vice Chair of Liberal Democrat Women where she pushed for enhanced diversity in politics.
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