UNIVERSAL CREDIT WILL CAUSE REBELLION: The Prime Minister has warned that the British people should not be ignored.
BORIS JOHNSON has been told that a backbench revolt over the Treasury’s spending plans might occur this autumn.
In his affluent home counties seat, a high-profile Tory MP has slammed “intolerable” levels of hunger and poverty, urging government not to slash universal credit. Steve Baker, the MP for Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and a major Brexiteer, has warned officials not to overlook the cost-of-living crisis faced by those “in real hardship” in his constituency who have been “pushed over the edge” financially by the pandemic.
The remarks follow Therese Coffey, the labour and pensions minister, confirming that the £20 weekly epidemic universal credit increase will be phased off at the end of September.
Ms Coffey fought for the uplift to be extended, but Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were apparently against it, and no extension was granted.
According to the Guardian, a number of compromise alternatives have been presented, including ones that would more directly target children in poverty.
The Treasury, on the other hand, has made it clear to a number of ministries that spending commitments will have to be met by tax increases.
Mr Baker said that the £20 increase was “insufficient” and that universal credit should be re-examined to remove the condition that new claimants wait at least five weeks for their first payment.
Many people have blamed the obligation for driving them into debt.
Six previous work and pensions secretary, including Sir Iain Duncan Smith, Damian Green, Esther McVey, Stephen Crabb, David Gauke, and Amber Rudd, have indicated that they are opposed to the cut.
Six Conservatives have also defied Labour by voting against the extension before it was revealed in January.
The discovery comes after a Sheffield University study identified Mr Baker’s Wycombe as having the greatest proportions of food insecurity in the UK.
In January and February, approximately 14% of inhabitants reported going hungry, with a third of those polled indicating they were unable to purchase food.
“This scary report is a wake-up call for ministers,” Mr Baker told the Guardian.
He went on to say that the outcomes of the study did not surprise him.
“I have often warned colleagues during my tenure in parliament that poverty exists in my electorate in south Buckinghamshire,” the MP stated.
“Obviously,” says Brinkwire Summary News.