Source: Labour Party UK
Sacked Conservative Ministers have voted to cut £30 million from families in their constituencies while being handed £17,000 each in severance payments.
Gavin Williamson, the former Education Secretary, voted to cut the incomes of 5,290 of his constituents while Robert Buckland, the former Justice Secretary, voted to cut £10 million of support from his own constituency.
Labour’s motion to stop the planned £1,000 a year cut to Universal Credit passed as the Government ordered their MPs to abstain. The cut will affect 1 in 14 British workers and see 700,000 people plunged into poverty, including 200,000 children.
The vote to cancel the cut to Universal Credit came as the Government commenced their reshuffle. Former Secretaries of State who lost their job today can expect a severance payment of around £17,000, equivalent to three months’ salary when they return to the backbenches.
Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said,
“That the Government is giving pay-offs to those they don’t deem competent enough to be in Government while cutting the incomes of millions of people is an insult to hard working people.
“It is deeply regrettable that the Conservatives have chosen not to protect struggling families from the Prime Minister’s £1,000 a year cut.
“Labour is on the side of working families and will keep pushing for the Government to see sense, listen to the House and cancel this cut.”