Boris Johnson avoids showdown on universal credit cut as rebel amendment rejected

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Boris Johnson has avoided a potentially humiliating performance over cuts to Universal Credit – just weeks before payments are due to be reduced.

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Granthshala Understands that the Speaker of the Commons has not accepted the insurgent amendment put forward by Conservative MPs including former Tory leader Ian Duncan Smith, calling for a raise of £20 per week.

Lawmakers on annual upgrades to pensions had sought to be used by lawmakers to highlight the contentious issue in a Commons vote – which was being debated on Monday.


While the defeat would not have compelled the government to abandon the cut, the rebels behind the move hoped that it would force ministers to act.

Earlier, No 10 insisted that a £20-per-week cut in Universal Credit would go ahead as planned – despite concerns over a rise in energy bills putting further pressure on low-income households across the UK.

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The prime minister’s spokesman said the raise, which was introduced at the start of the pandemic, was “always temporary” and designed to “help claimants through the most difficult period of the economic shock and pandemic”.

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