A potential conservative rebellion against Universal Credit could be thwarted Wednesday if Boris Johnson ordered abstention in a parliamentary vote.
MP will discuss abolishing the Universal Credit hike after the Labor Party said it would force a vote on the government’s plan to end the urgent £ 20 hike at the end of September.
A few Tory lawmakers are opposed to cutting welfare payments. The Labor Party’s alleged move will hit one in fourteen workers.
Charities and think tanks have also warned that emergency payments should be removed as the country is still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Recipients could lose £ 1,040 a year if the government pushes forward with cuts.
The consequences of the Labor motion are not binding, but important consequences from Conservative lawmakers could increase political pressure on Boris Johnson to provide alternatives to struggling households.
However, the prime minister is likely to order lawmakers to abstain from the motion. For example, in the spring, when only six Tories refused to vote in favor of maintaining uplifting.
The Labor Party said the number of workers claiming Universal Credit reached a record high, with 40 percent of all claimants working.
Workers’ Shadow Work and Pension Secretary Jonathan Reynolds said: “”Today, Labor is giving Conservative lawmakers the opportunity to do the right thing. They must choose between blind loyalty to the prime minister and care for their members.
“This cut will hurt working families and slow economic recovery. Labor is on the side of working people while the government wants to cut income and raise taxes.
“It’s time for the government to understand what it means, regain the struggling family, and revoke the reduction to Universal Credit.”
Last week, Tories’ senior Metro Mayor, Andy Street, said he was “extremely concerned” about plans to cut Universal Credit. In particular, there is evidence that the West Midlands region may be one of the most affected.
Over the past few weeks, Universal Credit claimants have been sent a message warning them of changes in payments at the end of the month.
Parliamentarians with emails filled with messages from relevant members can use the debate to air their concerns about government strategy.
Labor Pension Secretary Thérèse Coffey repeatedly defended the decision, arguing that the government was focused on getting people to work through “work planning.”
She said she was happy with the end of the uplift, even though she said earlier this week that the MP had no formal impact assessment of the move.