The Shadow Minister was interested to hear about the work that the community organisations were doing to support people ‘hit by the government’s austerity agenda and failing social security policies’. Ms Greenwood said “It was a real pleasure to visit Morecambe to meet with our candidate Lizzi Collinge and community leaders.
“They told me about how people who do not have Internet access at home struggle to make a claim for Universal Credit online, about the difficulties some people face in finding the required ID documentation and the problems that arise when people get into debt. Community groups are doing a tremendous job providing much-needed support to people in need.”
“The people we met talked about how the Universal Credit system dehumanises people and reduces them to a problem. The grassroots groups we met, such as the Exchange Creative Community, restore people’s humanity and see them as whole people with their own skills and talents. We were also reminded that most of the people who are struggling now on Universal Credit are in work. Despite the challenges we have, what is heartening is the cultural renaissance we are seeing all around Morecambe and the way our community comes together to help each other.”
Margaret and Lizzi went on to enjoy the attractions that Morecambe has to offer and visited the carnival.