Wednesday 3 February 2021 / 3:28 PM Jonathan Reynolds

Jonathan Reynolds responds to Therese Coffey’s remarks on Universal Credit uplift

Jonathan Reynolds MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, commenting on Therese Coffey’s remarks at today’s Select Committee, in which she advised against replacing the £20 Universal Credit uplift with a one-off payment, said: 

“Even the Secretary of State knows it is irresponsible for the Chancellor to be winding down support by cutting Universal Credit, leaving unemployment support at a 30-year low.

“Britain has had the worst recession of any major economy because of this Government’s incompetence and inability to act in time. 

“As Labour have said, a one-off payment rather than the extension of the uplift will mean that anyone who needs support after April – when unemployment is set to peak – will fall through the gaps.

“We urge the Secretary of State to stand up to Rishi Sunak, give certainty to families and secure our economy by cancelling the cut to Universal Credit.”