Boris Johnson could face a Commons vote on planned universal credit cuts two days after parliamentarians return from summer vacation. Independent I understand.
According to the Commons’ interim business paper, the government has designated it may be after the Prime Minister’s question on September 8 for the Opposition Day debate.
Sources said Independent Labor is “likely” to force a vote on the issue, but this has not yet been officially confirmed by the party.
Another source added: family. “
There is growing controversy over the decision to abolish the £ 20 / week Universal Credit hike that was introduced at the start of the pandemic.
Just last week, anti-poverty activists warned that most members across Britain would suffer “the biggest nighttime profit cuts since World War II” in one in three families.
Shadow work and pension secretary Jonathan Reynolds previously proposed that workers use “all available parliamentary mechanisms” to prevent the uplift from being abandoned.
The opposition day debate is not binding on the government, but it forces ministers and Tories to vote on this issue – weeks before the £ 20 week rise is abolished.
The magnitude of the possible rebellion is unknown, but anxiety in the conservative class has increased during the summer.
In July, a northern research group representing about 50 Tory lawmakers said: Independent They opposed the cut and described the emergency payment as the claimant’s “lifesaver.”
In an extraordinary move, six former working-class conservative pension ministers, including former leader Iain Duncan Smith, also wrote to the government, stating that abolishing the uplift would “hinder” the economic recovery.
And last week, two Tory lawmakers (Peter Aldous and John Stevenson) wrote to the Prime Minister, urging them to cancel plans to cut Universal Credit payments, saying “there are very serious concerns.” Stated.
They said the uplift was one of the Conservative’s “best legacy from a pandemic” and should be permanent.
In a report last week, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation claimed that 413 parliamentary members across the country had at least one-third of working-age families with children affected by the fall cuts.
“Members across the political spectrum have already expressed deep concern about this planned reduction,” said Katie Schmucker, Deputy Director of Policy. “It’s time for all lawmakers to step up and oppose this reduction in the standard of living of their members.”
But Johnson, who defends the cut, told reporters Thursday: The unemployment rate is declining and employment is rising, but wages are rising. That is very important. “
The Prime Minister said: And that’s the approach we support. “