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14 January, 2021 Open access

Labour Party to force Commons vote demanding that the government scraps planned cut to universal credit and working tax credit

Opposition Day debate motion calls for the government to give certainty to the six million families who are set to lose out on an extra £1,000 a year

The Labour Party has announced that is to force a Commons vote demanding that the government scraps its planned cut to universal credit and working tax credit.

Tabled today, a motion for an Opposition Day debate on Monday next week, reads -

'That this House believes that the Government should stop the planned cut in universal credit and  working tax credit in April and give certainty today to the six million families for whom it is worth an extra £1,000 a year.'

Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Jonathan Reynolds said -

'The government’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic means Britain is facing one of the worst recessions of any major economy. [The] decision to cut Universal Credit will hit millions of families who are already struggling to get by.

There cannot be another repeat of the government’s indecision and mismanagement of the free school meals scandal. The government must put families first during this lockdown and act now instead of waiting until the last minute.

If ministers refuse, Conservative MPs have to opportunity to vote with Labour and give families the support they need to get through this pandemic.'

For more information, see Labour to force vote to stop universal credit cut which risks pushing 200,000 children into poverty from labour.org.uk