Tory parasite Therese Coffey has been caught in a huge – and hugely significant – lie while trying to justify the cut in Universal Credit.
While trolling through the morning media round yesterday (September 13), she claimed that the loss of the Universal Credit uplift means claimants would have to work only two hours more to make it back, at minimum wage.
It is a particularly nasty double-lie.
Firstly, for many claimants the minimum wage (what the Tories mockingly call the National Living Wage, even though you can’t live on it) is not £10 an hour as she was claiming, but £8 and change.
Secondly, the 63 per cent “taper rate” on Universal Credit means for every hour’s money earned above the basic amount of £293 a month, claimants take home just £3.30.
They would have to work more than six hours – nearly an extra day – simply to make up the £20 loss.
And then they’d have to pay National Insurance – which is increasing, of course, and they would also have to find ways to pay for other goods whose prices are increasing because of Conservative incompetence in government.
Do you think that’s fair?
Here’s Peter Stefanovic to explain the situation on video – and he doesn’t pull his punches!
It’s becoming impossible to do these reports without a deep sense of gut wrenching anger. It now falls to all of us to put the record straight every time these charlatans say anything https://t.co/C81aybWkji
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) September 13, 2021
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which works to solve poverty, has demonstrated that cutting £20 from Universal Credit will make a mockery of Boris Johnson’s claim to be “levelling up” the UK and of his ambition to “build back better”:
As we look to rebuild our society, ‘level up’ and ‘build back better’, it would make no sense at all to weaken social security support by cutting #UniversalCredit this October. #KeepTheLifeline https://t.co/NUOMy4wL55
— Joseph Rowntree Foundation (@jrf_uk) September 13, 2021
Particularly worrying is the fact that none of the TV or radio presenters interviewing Coffey had the presence of mind to point out her error.
Were they not properly briefed – or were they specifically told to ignore any such lie and let the public think the liar was telling the truth?
At least ITV’s Paul Brand managed to make one decent point:
Work and Pensions Secretary says those facing the loss of £20 universal credit could work extra hours to make up for it.
Not sure that’ll go down well with carers on min wage we have met who are already working a 60 hour week at times just to cover all the care calls they have. https://t.co/jdukqjyEXs
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) September 13, 2021
Yes indeed. And carers aren’t the only ones propping up a UK economy that is overbalanced in favour of the rich by working far too hard.
Perhaps the main problem is simply that Coffey does not understand the value of £20, being – as she is – an overprivileged Tory lackwit.
I've been poor and I've been comfortably off, and believe me, the value of £20 all depends on where you're starting from
— David__Osland (@David__Osland) September 13, 2021
Personally, This Writer is looking forward to seeing a motion in Parliament, tabled by any of Her Majesty’s loyal Opposition parties, to establish that Therese Coffey would reasonably have known that she was providing false information and should retract and correct it – publicly, in the same places she told the lies (because that’s what newspapers have to do when they publish false information).
It’s what Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has demanded, after refusing to accept that legislation is required that would impose harsh penalties on any government minister found to be knowingly misleading.
After a few dozen such motions (per week?) he’ll get the message and we might see the change we need.
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