Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ed Davey calls for better support for bereaved families at PMQs

Yesterday Ed Davey, in his first Prime Minister's Question as Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats, secured a meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss the issue of inadequate support for bereaved families in the UK. 

Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Ed said:

"Mr Speaker, when my mother was widowed, with three young children, bereaved families received small payments until the youngest child left school. In our case that would have meant payments for 14 years, except my mother died too early.

"In 2017, the duration of those payments was reduced – and the new Bereavement Support Payment was paid for only 18 months. Many of us thought that was far too short.  

"So will the Prime Minister deliver on his Government’s promise to review the new Bereavement Support Payment – and will he meet with me and charities helping such families – to discuss how we can better care for bereaved parents and their children?"

In response, the Prime Minister committed to meet Ed to discuss this issue. 

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