At full council on Tuesday 19 July, Watford Borough Council declared a cost of living emergency.
The motion, put forward by Watford’s Liberal Democrat council group, called on the government to enact further measures to support struggling families. This includes restoring the pension triple lock, re-introducing the £20 uplift to universal credit and immediately cutting VAT by 2.5% for a year to reduce prices. This extra help would be on top of the oil and gas windfall tax which the Liberal Democrats successfully forced a government U-turn on earlier in the year.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said:
“The Conservatives have let the residents of Watford down by failing to tackle the cost of living emergency. People in Watford are struggling with their bills and cannot wait for a new Prime Minister to be chosen before they receive help – they need it now.
The government should act immediately to reduce VAT and increase support to pensioners and universal credit claimants so that people in the country are supported to deal with the cost of living emergency.”
Watford Borough Council is doing their part to help residents and has created an online hub where people in Watford can find information on accessing food banks as well as guidance on housing, energy bills, debt, unemployment and health and wellbeing. The council also work closely with voluntary and community groups including foodbank and Citizen’s Advice Watford to make sure that support is available to everyone who is in need.