Chancellor refuses to commit to ending the social security freeze – Dowd responds
Peter Dowd MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, commenting on the Chancellor’s refusal to commit to ending the social security freeze at Treasury Questions, said:
“The Chancellor won’t confirm that his four year freeze to social security will be lifted next year, leaving the door open to further cuts to income for the poorest in our society.”
“14 million people are now in poverty in the UK, but all those struggling are an afterthought to this Tory government.”
“The Chancellor should immediately confirm that he will end the social security freeze in 2020, and set out his plans to fund this measure.”
Notes to Editors
- Treasury Ministers twice refused to commit to lifting the social security freeze at Treasury Questions today following questions from the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and the Shadow Minister for Disabled People. This was formerly government policy – https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2019-05-15.254832.h&s=social+security+speaker%3A25309#g254832.q0 . The Chancellor has not set out any proposals for funding a lift in the freeze from April 2020.
- 14 million people are living in poverty in the UK – https://socialmetricscommission.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/SMC_measuring-poverty-201908_full-report.pdf#page=22