A COMMONS vote against a cut to the Universal credit uplift is set to pass today – but Boris Johnson will ignore it.
The vote, tabled by the Labour party, is expected to pass due to Tory MPs abstaining from backing the cuts.
However, Boris Johnson will be able to ignore the vote, as it is not legally binding.
The cut will slash Universal Credit by up to £1,040 a year and will affect more than six million Brits.
We’ve rounded up what that will mean for your pocket if you are affected.
During an opposition day debate on Wednesday, Labour will call on Tory MPs who oppose the welfare cut to vote with them in a non-binding motion.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Jonathan Reynolds said: “Today, Labour is giving Conservative MPs the chance to do the right thing.
“They must choose between their blind loyalty to the Prime Minister and looking after their constituents.”
Downing Street suggested Tory MPs would be asked to abstain during the vote.
“As a general rule, we don’t vote on opposition day debates,” the Prime Minister’s press secretary said.
But she suggested the Government had no intention of changing tack if Labour’s motion passes, which it will unless significant numbers of Tories vote against it.
A Labour party spokeswoman said: “We think if the motion is passed by the House then the House has given a clear will. If the Government is not willing to oppose it then it should stand with the Labour Party and cancel this cut.”
One former Conservtive Minister argued that the cut would motivate workers to secure better-paid jobs.
Sir Desmond Swayne told the Commons: “I am inundated every week by employers who simply cannot get workers. Should we not be seeking to raise the sights of many working people to get another better-paid job? They’re out there.”
Mr Reynolds said he wanted to “knock down” that argument, before adding: “Of course we should get people back into jobs but it is simply false to say the choice is between keeping the uplift and doing that.
“Let me remind the House again: Universal Credit is an in-work benefit. Almost half of the incomes that MPs opposite wish to cut are of people in work.”
Mr Reynolds also told the Universal Credit debate: “The human cost of taking this money away cannot be overstated.
“£20 might not seem like much to some people but it’s the difference between having food in the fridge and still being able to put the heating on, or being able to get their kids new school shoes without worrying how you’ll pay for it.”
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