DWP crackdown on PIP and Universal Credit now 'unlikely' after July 4

The Department for Work and Pensions planned crackdown on PIP and Universal Credit is now "in doubt". The DWP had launched a green paper as it mulls over changes to PIP, including axing cash payments and introducing a catalogue or voucher system, and shaking up the criteria and eligibility.

But after Rishi Sunak called a General Election yesterday for July 4, the changes are now unlikely. According to the campaigners Benefits and Work, "if Labour win then that’s probably the last we will hear of the Green Paper".

But, they said: "If the Conservatives win a working majority, then it’s likely that the Green Paper will be followed by a White Paper which will set out which of the proposals the government plans to take forward. This will be followed by legislation."

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YouGov reports Mr Sunak continues to be very unpopular, with only 20% having a positive view of him while 71% have a negative view of him. This gives a net favourability score of -51 this month, his joint lowest to date (with January).

Keir Starmer remains much more popular than his rival, although still unpopular overall – 34% have a positive view of the Labour leader and 51% have a negative one, giving a net score of -17. Labour has a 23-point lead in the latest poll on voter intentions from Techne UK, with the Tory-Labour gap remaining wide over the past few months.

The data is taken from 1,641 surveyed individuals across the UK, weighted to be representative of the population. At just 21 per cent of the vote, the Conservatives are at one of their lowest levels of popularity with the electorate under Mr Sunak.

The data is taken from 1,000 British adults surveyed each month, answering the question: “Are you satisfied/dissatisfied with how ... is doing his job as prime minister/as leader of the Labour Party?”