Friday 19 February 2021 / 5:37 PM Jonathan Reynolds

Jonathan Reynolds comments on reports that Rishi Sunak has listened to Labour and campaigners and delayed his cut to Universal Credit by six months

Jonathan Reynolds MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, commenting on reports that Rishi Sunak has listened to Labour and campaigners and delayed his cut to Universal Credit by six months, said:

 

“Any move to stop the economically illiterate cut to Universal Credit is welcome but the Government can’t keep setting arbitrary dates and dodging the decisions needed to secure our economy.

 

“Cutting Universal Credit by £20 a week – over £1000 a year for millions of families – now or in six months will still push children into poverty and leave out of work support is at its lowest level in decades at a time when unemployment is set to peak.

 

“Families can’t plan on media speculation – the Chancellor must come clean and confirm what he intends to do. Rishi Sunak should do the right thing to protect struggling families and secure our economy by cancelling his cut to Universal Credit, as well as his council tax hike and key worker pay freeze.”