Today at DWP questions, I put it to the UK Govt Minister responding that their proposal to plough ahead with the scheduled cut to Universal Credit would mean ignoring the advice of three select committees, including the Commons Work and Pensions Committee, more than 100 Tory MPs and at least 50 anti-poverty charities.
In the face of that, it's difficult to understand how the UK Government can justify cutting £20 a week from millions of families already living on subsistence income.
A response suggesting that lessening covid restrictions would somehow make this all OK is simply nonsensical. The £20 Universal Credit uplift is a lifeline. Pulling it will hurt the most vulnerable, and ironically take money out of our local economies too. The UK Government needs to think again.