Calls for U-turn as poll shows overwhelming opposition to Boris Johnson’s benefit cut

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Boris Johnson is facing calls for a last-minute U-turn on his plan to cut £20 a week from core welfare benefits for low-income families, after a new poll showed an overwhelming majority of voters called for the cut. opposed.

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The removal of the Universal Credit “uplift” – introduced last year to help poor families cope with the COVID pandemic – is set to take effect from Wednesday next week.

Anger over 6 million unemployed people and low-wage workers’ incomes of £1,040 a year threatens to affect Mr Johnson’s high-profile speech at the Conservative conference in Manchester that day.


Labor said today that it was “not too late” for the PM to come under pressure to cancel the cuts. And the leaders of three different nations – representing four different political parties – joined in a letter appealing for a change of heart to avoid an “unprecedented squeeze” on domestic finances.

Charities have warned that at least 3.5 million children will be out of the cut, with nearly 300,000 being pushed below the poverty line. And many of those impacted by their income will be key workers who were earlier applauded for their contribution to the fight against COVID-19.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak last week announced a £500m hardship fund to help the poorest pay for food, clothing and bills, in a tacit acknowledgment that welfare cuts are causing difficulties for many families to access basic necessities of life. Will be made But the chancellor and prime minister insist it is not possible to find the £6bn needed to sustain the rise.

The Savanta Comeres poll for The Granthshala shows the week’s £20 cut is supported by only 19 percent of voters – less than one in five.

Even among Conservative voters, only 34 per cent said it was right to remove the rise altogether, while 43 per cent said it should be retained or increased and 13 per cent said it should be kept at a lower rate.

Overall, 35 per cent of voters said the £20 raise should remain at the same level and 24 per cent said it should be made more liberal – 59 per cent overall. Another 10 percent said the uptick should remain but at a lower level.


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