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MPs vote in favour of Labour Universal Credit motion 

MPs have voted in favor of Labour’s motion to halt Universal Credit.

MPs were asked: 

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Should the rollout be paused? ‬

Yes: 299‬

‪No: 0

Majority: 299 ‬

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The vote was non binding and Conservative MPs abstained from the vote. 

The overall plan is a sound policy, it’s supposed to replicate how people in work are payed in a monthly cycle – the problem is in the way it’s being rolled out. 

1 in 4 claimants who are moved onto the new system are left with delays in benefit payments, some waiting up to six weeks. 

Many are left in a much worse situation than they were in before, with reports of claimants being left in rent arrears and unable to pay their bills.

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The Labour motion is unlikely to have an effect on the overall policy. 

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