Thérèse Coffey branded ‘heartless’ by Labour after saying she is happy with universal credit cut – Politics live news

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10.47am BST

In her interview with Sky News this morning, Thérèse Coffey, the work and pensions secretary, confirmed that she was happy with the government’s plan to cut universal credit by £20 from the end of this month (by removing the temporary Covid uplift).

Given that this is agreed cabinet policy, and that the cut has been defended by the prime minister and by the chancellor, she would have been taking a career risk if she had said anything else. But Labour MPs have condemned her comment.

ENTIRELY HAPPY?! Low paid workers in our country will lose £20 a week.

Including the 10% increase in National Insurance they will lose c. £1,300 a year.

For these working families, this will HURT. More children will end up in poverty.

, Thérèse Coffey branded ‘heartless’ by Labour after saying she is happy with universal credit cut – Politics live news, The Nzuchi Times Guardian

Yet Therese Coffey is “entirely happy”. https://t.co/O5Y5gJP8yl

When asked if she was “entirely happy” with the Universal Credit cut, Work & Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey agreed.

What kind of party is “entirely happy” with 730,000 children being plunged into poverty?

Truly heartless.

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