Friday 15 January 2021 / 10:55 AM Jonathan Reynolds

Government under increasing pressure to scrap plans to cut Universal Credit

Government under increasing pressure to scrap plans to cut Universal Credit

 

The government is under increasing pressure to cancel its planned cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits ahead of a Commons showdown on Monday.

 

50 MPs who make up the Northern Research Group of Conservative MPs have today called on the Chancellor to drop plans for the cut of £20 a week, or £1040 a year, for 6 million families in April.

 

Labour will force a crunch vote in the House of Commons on Monday and is urging Conservative MPs to vote with the party to scrap cut.

 

Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow DWP Secretary, said:

 

“The Government is refusing to scrap the Universal Credit cut in the face of opposition from 50 of its own Northern Research Group MPs, two former Conservative Work and Pensions Secretaries and dozens of charities and campaign groups.

 

“Britain is facing the worst recession of any major economy because of the chancellor’s incompetent handling of the pandemic. Rishi Sunak must end the uncertainty for millions of families and secure our economy by cancelling the cut.

 

“If he refuses to act, we urge Conservative MPs to vote with Labour on Monday to protect families’ incomes.”