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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.”
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