Labour MPs will today call a House of Commons vote to demand the controversial roll out of Universal Credit is paused - as North-East foodbanks prepare to meet an expected increase in demand.
The move comes as the Government's flagship benefit reform, first piloted in Newcastle and Hartlepool, is rolled out this week in east Durham, one of the country's most deprived areas.
Labour is calling on ministers to “pause and fix” the benefit amid reports up to 25 Tories may be willing to support them following reports claimants are waiting six weeks for any money and getting into debt.
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