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Universal Credit claimants should work two extra hours a week to cover £20 lower, says Work and Pensions Secretary

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THE DEFIANT advantages boss final night time advised claimants to work extra hours to increase their pay to make up for cuts.

But Work and Pensions Therese Coffey advised Brits who’re set to lose £20 a week in advantages that they should tackle extra shifts to make ends meet when the money comes to an finish on the finish of the month

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey has defended the cutsCredit: The Mega Agency
Brits on the six-in-one benefit will have to work more than 50 extra hours to make up for the £20 a week cut
Brits on the six-in-one profit could have to work greater than 50 extra hours to make up for the £20 a week lowerCredit: Alamy

She defended the £1,040 a 12 months lower – saying it was ever solely meant to be a momentary increase in the course of the Covid pandemic.

She advised the BBC yesterday: “I’m conscious that £20 a week is about two hours’ extra work every week – we will be seeing what we can do to help people perhaps secure those extra hours, but ideally also to make sure they’re also in a place to get better-paid jobs as well.”

But Labour accused her of “lying” concerning the ease of topping up money – as they might have to work way more to make up the shortfall.

For extra in the advantages system, the cruel taper price leaves Brits with simply 37pence for each extra pound they earn.

It signifies that Brits on the six-in-one profit will even have to work greater than 50 extra hours to make up for the £20 a week lower.

Ms Coffey later defended herself to MPs saying it “depends on the individual” state of affairs as to how a lot people can earn on prime of their cap.

She insisted: “There are a number of ways people can earn more and keep more of their own money.” Last night time Labour stated her feedback have been an “insult” to thousands and thousands of Brits struggling.

Shadow DWP boss Jonathan Reynolds stated: “The Secretary of State’s feedback this morning have been an insult to exhausting working households going through this lower. One in 14 British staff will lose out, together with 660,000 key staff.

“Her personal authorities’s evaluation revealed this lower can be ‘catastrophic’ main to extra poverty, extra debt and an elevated danger of homelessness.

“Labour will force a vote this week to give every MP the chance to back struggling families and cancel this cut.”

The PM’s spokesperson additionally rallied round Ms Coffey yesterday, saying: “She was referring to those who have work allowance, so those entering work have either children or limited capability to work before the taper rate kicks in.”

When grilled on whether or not these low paid should work longer and tougher to get more cash, stated: “That’s not how I might characterise it.

“We want to provide people with more skills and training so we can progress. That is our view, that people being in work and having the ability to find better paid work is the way forward.”

It got here as Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stated the lower to the Universal Credit uplift “will drive people into debt and in some cases destitution and despair” and if Boris goes by means of with it he “has no shame”.

She pleaded for the extra £20 a week: “Please PM do not let that be history’s verdict upon you.”

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