Sunday 28 October 2018 / 12:59 PM Austerity / John McDonnell

Labour calls for budget to be voted down if the Government fails to stop the roll out of Universal Credit

Labour calls for budget to be voted down if the Government fails to stop the roll out of Universal Credit, as Philip Hammond refuses to say austerity is over

Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show today (Sunday 28 October 2018), John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor has called on the Government to stop the roll out of Universal Credit in tomorrow’s budget, saying “I’m saying to other political parties, that this is the test of the budget.  If they don’t halt the roll out, vote against this budget. It’s that important.”

This follows the Commons public accounts committee saying this week universal credit was responsible for increased debt, rent arrears and food bank use.

When asked by Andrew Marr about whether or not austerity was really over, the Chancellor repeatedly refused to confirm that it was so.

 

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said:

“I am calling on other parties and members of other parties in Parliament to vote down the budget if the Chancellor refuses to halt the roll out of universal credit which is causing such hardship for millions, including many children.

“The callous complacency of the Chancellor who has refused to make good on the Tories’ promise to end austerity is shocking. Nothing less than an end to failed austerity in tomorrow’s budget will be acceptable”

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