Monday 25 January 2021 / 7:06 PM Jonathan Reynolds

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions refuses to rule out Universal Credit cut

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions refuses to rule out Universal Credit cut

 

Therese Coffey has again refused to rule out April’s cut when questioned in Parliament today. Labour’s Jonathan Reynolds pressed the Secretary of State to rule out the cut following Labour’s Opposition Day motion and called on her to give certainty to six million families facing a £1000 year cut in April.

 

This is the first time the Secretary of State has addressed Parliament on the cut to Universal Credit after it voted last week to reverse the reduction.

 

Despite repeated questions on whether she could offer assurances to families affected, the Secretary of State refused to rule out the cut in April. When asked directly who in government would make that decision Therese Coffey said:

 

“We hope to make that announcement when we can in order to provide that certainty”

 

Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, commenting on the Secretary of State’s response, said,

 

“The Government cannot keep putting these decisions off, lurching from one crisis to another causing huge upset and confusion for millions of families.

 

“It’s unacceptable that the Secretary of State is unable or unwilling to say if families will be hit by this devastating cut or not.

 

“The Government must now confirm when they will take the necessary steps to secure our economy, support struggling families and cancel the cut to Universal Credit.”