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

Boris Johnson has prevented a probably humiliating Commons showdown on cuts to universal credit — simply weeks earlier than claimants’ funds are diminished.

The Independent understands the speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, has not accepted the rebel amendment put ahead by Conservative MPs, together with the previous Tory chief Iain Duncan Smith, calling for the £20-per-week uplift to be maintained.

The MPs had sought to make use of laws on the annual uprating of pensions — being debated on Monday — to spotlight the controversial problem in a Commons vote simply three weeks earlier than the lower takes impact.

One of the rebels and senior Conservative MP Damian Green advised the BBC “now is not the time” to scale back the profit, saying “we are clearly coming into a huge problem for the cost of living” amid issues over vitality costs.

Earlier, No 10 insisted once more that the £20-per-week lower in universal credit would go forward as deliberate — regardless of issues over the rise in vitality payments placing additional strain on low-income households throughout Britain.

The prime minister’s spokesperson stated the uplift, which was launched on the onset of the pandemic, was “always temporary” and had been designed to “help claimants through the economic shock and toughest period of the pandemic”.

Highlighting the stark influence of the lower, nonetheless, analysis from the Resolution Foundation think-tank instructed that 4 in ten households on universal credit confronted a 13 per cent hike in vitality payments in the identical month the profit is lower by over £1,000 per year.

The organisation stated that 4.4 million claimants may see their payments improve considerably, with households on universal credit additionally 4 occasions as doubtless as the broader inhabitants to make use of pre-payment meters for vitality.

Jonny Marshall — a senior economist on the Foundation — stated: “Low income families are facing a cost of living crunch on several fronts this autumn with energy bills rising alongside wider price increases, while universal credit is also due to be cut by £20 a week.

“Around 15 million households are set to face higher prices next week when the energy price cap is raised. This will be particularly acute for low income families on universal credit, who are four times as likely as the rest of the population to be on pre-payment meters, and therefore face even bigger increases to their bills.”

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