McVey admits some people will be worse off on universal credit despite counter claim from No 10 – Politics live

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2.15pm BST

What I will say is I had a very open conversation with my colleagues about how we support people. So actually 1m disabled people will get significantly more on universal credit.

I’ve said we made tough decisions. Some people will be worse off. But … under the old system 700,000 people didn’t get £285 a month, so they didn’t get the money they were owed. Under the old system the most vulnerable in society weren’t getting as much money as we are now going to give them.

I would encourage [Valerie Vaz, her Labour shadow] not to believe everything she sees in the press. As [McVey] has made clear, we are making sure no-one sees a reduction in their benefits when we move them on to universal credit. There is £3.1bn of transitional protections being provided.

Some “could be worse off” under universal credit, admits Esther McVey – but Work and Pensions Secretary says benefits changes are helping more people into work


Three million families are going to be worse off by about 50 per week from universal credit, 2.7 more million families are going to be forced into universal credit next year.

So immediately we will say ‘we will stop this process’ and we would make sure that nobody is worse-off under universal credit.

We should direct the money back into universal credit exactly as it was originally planned to be rolled out … The reality is £2n was taken out.

Another cabinet minister @EstherMcVey1 takes a body swerve over Chequers …. #bbcnewsroomLIVE

We cannot know for sure what would have happened had the vote gone the other way, but it seems likely that the economy and public finances have been weaker than they otherwise would have been.

1.10pm BST

Tony Blair said this morning that he thought the EU would make the UK a “much more attractive offer” if the government were to hold a second referendum. (See 11.08am.) On ITV’s Peston last night Nick Clegg, the former Lib Dem deputy prime minister, said much the same. He said:

The most interesting thing I have discovered perhaps in speaking to folk in Euro capitals is that they, not least because their own electorates, have become more and more unsettled by the mass movement of people into the European Union and across it. They are much much more open, and they speak actively and have developed thoughts and plans about, how to introduce further reforms, an emergency brake in effect on freedom of movement.

British ministers know about this. I know for a fact that British ministers know about this.

Source: FS – World News – UK
McVey admits some people will be worse off on universal credit despite counter claim from No 10 – Politics live