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Part of the ESA application form. A House of Commons debate has called for a pause to the planned £29-a-week cut to ESA [Image: Alamy].

Part of the ESA application form. A House of Commons debate has called for a pause to the planned £29-a-week cut to ESA [Image: Alamy].

This was a symbolic vote, sending a message to a government that simply won’t listen.

If the Tories who called for a “pause” in the planned cuts to ESA and Universal Credit had simply voted against them in the first place, they would not be about to take place.

Work and Pensions minister Penny Mordaunt said proof that the Tory government has listened and understood will be in its actions.

If so, then I predict that the Tory government will do…

Nothing.

And the cuts will go ahead.

This is about torturing the poor and nothing else.

Conservative MPs have called on the chancellor to reconsider welfare cuts ahead of the autumn statement, after a backbench motion to pause the planned cuts passed unanimously in the House of Commons.

No MPs voted against the motion to stop the planned cuts to employment support allowance (ESA) and universal credit, with 127 voting in favour. However, the motion is purely symbolic, intended only as a method of sending a message to government.

During the debate, called by the SNP’s Neil Gray, MPs across the house called for Philip Hammond to pause a planned £29-a-week cut to ESA, which applies to those not in employment through illness or disability but who have been judged fit to prepare to return to work.

The universal credit cuts will also mean a reduction in the amount people are able to earn before their benefits are withdrawn.

Source: Tory MPs call for welfare cuts rethink after pause motion passed | Politics | The Guardian

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