You can read 9 more articles this month
ESTHER McVEY admitted today that some people will be worse off under universal credit.
The Work and Pensions Secretary refused to confirm or deny reports that she had told Cabinet colleagues some claimants would lose out to the tune of £200 a month.
However, she told the BBC: “I have said we made tough decisions and some people will be worse off.”
Ms McVey’s comments came after former prime minister John Major called for a rethink of the planned roll-out of universal credit to more than two million claimants of existing benefits.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Margaret Greenwood said: “Now that Esther McVey has admitted that people will be worse off under universal credit, this Conservative government has no excuse for pushing ahead with their shameful programme.
“This exposes No 10’s claim this week that no family will receive less money under universal credit as fiction. The evidence shows that millions of people will be worse off.
“The government must stop the roll-out now before millions of families are plunged into poverty and put at risk of homelessness.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.