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I would welcome this admission from the Work and Pensions Secretary if it meant anything, but it doesn’t.

The DWP has already refused to change its assessments and sanctions regimes, and the changes it has made to payments are cosmetic. In fact, they will create more debt.

The problem does not lie in the fact that we have a bad benefit system, you see.

The problem is that we have a bad Conservative government that very much enjoys the poverty and misery that its bad benefit system has caused.

Amber Rudd says the increased use of food banks is partly down to problems in rolling out universal credit.

The work and pensions secretary said she was “absolutely clear there were challenges with the initial roll-out” of the benefit and that the difficulty in accessing money was “one of the causes” of the rise.

Source: Amber Rudd links universal credit to rise in food bank use – BBC News


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