This is damning for the Conservative government – particularly Amber Rudd.

It seems the report by the United Nations special rapporteur on poverty, Philip Alston, was factually accurate – but Ms Rudd and prime minister Theresa May condemned it anyway because it was politically inconvenient for them.

This indicates very clearly that they were trying to hide the atrocious impact of their political decisions on people who are extremely vulnerable.

See for yourself:

Leading civil servants working for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have been forced to admit to a committee of MPs that the report submitted by the UN’s Special Rapporteur for extreme poverty on desperate poverty in the UK is ‘factually correct’.

The civil servants danced around the issue as well as they could, but eventually had to confess that the report was accurate – and that Tory ministers who had denounced the report – who included DWP Secretary Amber Rudd and PM Theresa May – had ‘taken exception’ to it politically.

Read on, and see the video evidence, here: Video: DWP civil servants admit – Alston’s report on terrible UK poverty was ‘factually’ accurate | The SKWAWKBOX