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Labour will force a vote in the House of Commons on the Tories' plans to slash Universal Credit by £20 a week.

The party will demand Tory MPs put their names to their actions on Monday night after Boris Johnson refused to drop the cut.

Universal Credit was raised by £1,040 "temporarily" for the 2020/21 financial year to help with the impact of coronavirus.

As it stands, the government plans to cut the basic monthly allowance from £409.89 to £324.84 on April 12.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has suggested that could throw 200,000 children into poverty.

Boris Johnson on Wednesday insisted there was no final decision – but said he would "rather see a focus on jobs and a growth in wages than focusing on welfare".

Boris Johnson has raised fears of a £20 cut
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That is despite the fact 39% of the 5.7million people on Universal Credit in October already had a job.

Labour's planned Opposition Day motion would not be binding, but is designed to shame Tory MPs for sitting on the fence.

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Jonathan Reynolds said: "Under the Conservatives, families come last.

"Boris Johnson’s decision to cut universal credit will hit millions of families who are already struggling to get by.

“There cannot be another repeat of the government’s indecision and mismanagement of the free school meals scandal.

"The government must put families first during this lockdown and act now instead of waiting until the last minute.

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“If ministers refuse, Conservative MPs have to opportunity to vote with Labour and give families the support they need to get through this pandemic.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is concerned about the impact of a permanent Universal Credit rise on public finances.

It would add at least £6bn a year to public spending. It had been thought a change would be announced in the March 3 Budget.

But Work and Pensions Committee chairman Stephen Timms told the PM: "Isn't it unfair leaving it until March before they find out whether that cut is going ahead?"

Grilled at the Liaison Committee on Wednesday, Mr Johnson stressed any final rate was still under review – but refused calls to end the agony for families now.

He said: "I take your point. I think what we want to see is jobs. We want to see people in employment, we want to see the economy bouncing back.

“I think most people in this country would rather see a focus on jobs and a growth in wages than focusing on welfare.

"But clearly we have to keep all these things under review.”