Senior Conservatives are dying to block the £20-a-week cut. universal credit, by holding a Commons showdown on Monday.
They discussed a change in the annual increase of pensions that would hinder the increase unless funds were diverted to stop the reduction of benefits.
A defeat doesn’t bind the government to stop cutting – but Iain Duncan Smith and Damian GreenThose behind the move still hope it will force ministers to take action.
The reduction, which will begin next month, is estimated to push half a million more people into poverty, including 200,000 children.
An internal Whitehall analysis warned of the “catastrophic” impact of removing support, including rising homelessness, poverty and food bank use.
However, despite the growing unrest on the Tory benches, Boris Johnson and Rishi Altar then they promised to pursue spending cuts. covid created a huge budget deficit.
Mr Johnson came under fire when he refused to explain how universal loan claimants should recoup the £20 per week and criticized the conversion of taxes into “benefits”.
Monday’s vote to raise pensions and other benefits next April is a crucial and normally considered a formality with little drama.
The change being tabled by Mr Duncan Smith and Mr Green will prevent this upgrade from continuing if they can convince more than 40 of their Conservative comrades – a challenge.
A rebel told Independent“There can be no direct vote on the universal credit cut, but we want to force the government to put in money to sustain this increase.
“We expect a massive uprising, and that at least gives Conservative MPs a chance to have a say in the matter. The whips will go crazy.”
Labor held a Commons vote for the universal credit cut last Wednesday, but it was non-binding and Tory lawmakers were told to abstain and the motion was allowed to pass.
Therese Coffey, the work and pensions secretary sparked outrage as the plaintiffs got their totals grossly wrong, arguing that they needed to find more jobs because “about £20 a week is about two hours of extra work”.
It was immediately noted that Universal Credit had been deliberately “throttled”, so much of the payout was withdrawn as earnings increased.
The respected Resolution Foundation think tank said claimants were paid as little as £2.24 per hour they worked, above the national minimum wage of £8.91, after travel and childcare costs.
They’ll have to work an extra six hours a week to make up for the £20 cut in support – up to nine hours if they pay taxes and National Insurance.