Lockhart opposes National Insurance rise at Westminster

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Local MP Carla Lockhart has joined with opposition MPs at Westminster in voting against the Government’s planned rise in National Insurance contributions. The DUP representative supported a Liberal Democrat amendment that called for the rise to be scrapped.

Carla Lockhart said:

“The Government’s intended rise in National Insurance contributions is going to hit low paid workers and the squeezed middle very hard. Added to this is the withdrawal of the £20 uplift in Universal Credit, rising energy costs, food price increases and other price increases facing households, and it is going to be more difficult for many to make ends meet.

"I joined with other opposition MPs to vote against this attack on household finances. Right now is not the right time to consider adding financial burden. Sadly, with the strength in numbers on the Government benches, this move was defeated.

"This battle for a fairer deal for households will continue. We need to be looking at ways to lift the financial stress facing many households and I will be working at Westminster with those of like mind to see what can be done.”

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