A Liberal Democrat government would invest £6bn a year over the course of the next parliament to “strengthen the welfare state” and build a brighter future for low-income households, the Party announced on Sunday (17 November).
This investment would be used to abolish the cruel Universal Credit two-child limit, which restricts financial support to a family’s first two children apart from in exceptional circumstances, and end the benefit cap that limits the total amount a household can claim in any single year.
The Liberal Democrats argue that this would help to tackle child poverty, which has been rising in recent years after nearly a decade of austerity.
However, a number of welfare cuts and changes were endorsed by the Lib Dems when they were in coalition with the Conservatives.
Many of those affected by those cuts and changes will no doubt be asking themselves if the Liberal Democrats can be trusted.
The LibDems also claim that stopping Brexit would provide them with an extra £50bn that would be used to restore Work Allowances and introduce a second-earner Work Allowance.
They would also use this funding to invest in boosting the Local Housing Allowance by linking it to average rents in each area.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions Tim Farron (pictured above) said: “For too many people in the UK today, working hard and playing by the rules is no longer enough to secure a decent life.
“Millions of people’s lives have worsened under the Conservatives. Since 2015 they have bungled the roll-out of Universal Credit, made brutal cuts to benefits and introduced their senseless two-child limit that is fuelling child poverty.
“The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and invest billions of pounds from the Remain bonus in building a brighter future for those struggling in our society.
“We will fix our broken welfare system to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities regardless of where they come from.”