Labour will today (Wednesday, 15 September) force a vote in the House of Commons urging the Government to stop its planned cut to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits which will see six million families lose over £1,000 a year.
The number of people in work and claiming Universal Credit has been rising throughout the pandemic with 40% of all claimants in work.
Labour’s motion calls on the Government to cancel its planned cut to Universal Credit. The cut will create a double whammy for the 2.5 million people hit by a rise in National Insurance as well as a cut in their Universal Credit payments.
Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: “Today, Labour is giving Conservative MPs the chance to do the right thing.
“They must choose between their blind loyalty to the Prime Minister and looking after their constituents.
“This cut will be a hammer blow to working families and will dampen our economic recovery.
“Labour is on the side of working people while the Government wants to cut incomes and raise taxes.
“Now is the time for the Government to see sense, back struggling families, and cancel their cut to Universal Credit.”
Tory MPs were told to abstain on the vote and so Labour’s motion passed without a challenge, but it is non-binding on the UK government.
Four Tory MPs rebelled and voted with Labour and some of those who abstained expressed discontent with the £20 a week Universal Credit cut.
Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, tweeted: “I won’t vote for a non-binding Opposition Day motion on Universal Credit but let me be clear as I have been for several months – the £20 weekly uplift that was introduced at the start of the pandemic should be made permanent. It’s the right thing to do.”