Labour challenges Tory MPs to call for Universal Credit cut to be axed

Labor will challenge Conservative MPs to “do the right thing” and support a vote calling on the government to abandon its plans to cut universal loans.

Ministers have come under continued pressure to reverse the decision to end the £ 20 increase introduced to support families during the coronavirus pandemic.

During a debate on Opposition Day on Wednesday (September 15), Labor will ask Tory MPs opposed to the social cut to vote with them on a non-binding motion.

It is calling on the government to cancel the proposed cut that will cut support for families by up to £ 1,040 a year.

Shadow Labor and Pensions Minister Jonathan Reynolds said: “Today Labor is giving Conservative MPs the chance to do the right thing.

“You have to choose between blind loyalty to the prime minister and concern for your voters.”

Ministers have defended the end of the survey, which will expire at the end of the month, saying it was always intended as a temporary response to the pandemic.

Action for Children’s Director of Policy and Campaigns Imran Hussain said the cut will result in hundreds of thousands more childhoods being overshadowed by poverty and hardship.

A government spokesman said: “Universal credit will continue to provide an important safety net for the unemployed and inactive, and it is right that the government should focus on our plan for jobs to help people get back into work and support those who are who are already busy making progress and earning more. “

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