Monday 18 January 2021 / 9:26 AM Jonathan Reynolds

Labour calls on the government to give certainty and security to millions of families by cancelling universal credit cut

Labour calls on the government to give certainty and security to millions of families by cancelling universal credit cut

 

Jonathan Reynolds, Labour’s Shadow DWP Secretary, has written to Thérèse Coffey urging the government to give families certainty today by cancelling the planned cut to Universal Credit.

 

In the letter the Shadow DWP Secretary writes: “The Prime Minister could reassure millions of people today that their incomes are secure. For the government to abstain on whether people can afford to pay their bills would force unnecessary uncertainty on already struggling families.”

 

Offering support for the government to change course, he adds: “On behalf of the Labour party I offer you our support if you chose to put aside party politics and work with us to support families through the pandemic.”

 

Coffey reportedly met with the Chancellor on Friday to discuss growing Conservative disquiet over the planned cut. 50 Conservative Northern Research Group MPs, two former Conservative Work and Pensions Secretaries and dozens of charities and campaign groups have called on the government to think again.

A Labour motion to cancel the cut of £20 a week, or £1040 a year, for 6 million families in April will be debated in the House of Commons on Monday. If it passes, convention dictates that the government should act on the motion and stop the cut.