Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell delivered a damning verdict on Universal Credit (UC) during an interview with Sky News this morning – and signalled a significant and, for many, long-awaited shift in Labour Party policy.
As the SKWAWKBOX covered yesterday, DWP Secretary Esther McVey has told ministers that millions of families with children will be £200 a month worse off as UC continues to roll out – yet the Tories are charging ahead with it anyway, even though McVey had to lie to Parliament multiple times to cover the huge damage it is doing.
Labour’s policy up to now has been to pause the roll-out and try to fix the system, but McDonnell told Sky News that he and his colleagues now consider it beyond fixing – and ‘iniquitous’:
Once again, Labour is setting out a clear vision for the future path of this country and is ready to grasp the nettle and do what needs to be done to end the misery inflicted by the government on this country’s most vulnerable people – including our children, millions of whom are now in poverty under Tory policies.
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