Universal Credit warning: Business Minister lets slip No10 could make changes to benefit

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The Business Minister told the BBC’s Nick Robinson that he can not pre-empt the fiscal changes that Rishi Sunak might pursue in the future. He added that the UK Governemnt will continue to scrutinise all interventions they make during the pandemic. 

Mr Zahawi said: “We have put more money in local government to help families, we have put more money into universal credit.”

Mr Robinson interjected: “But you will also know that baked into that universal credit system unless you do a U-turn is a plan by the Chancellor to take £1,000 away from millions of low income-households.

“The Resolution Foundation has estimated that it is six million households.

“So unless you reverse that benefit cut the advantages that people saw during the lockdown will not continue.”

The Conservative MP replied: “Well that benefit is still there for a number of months to come, probably the toughest months to come.

“I can’t pre-empt any fiscal decisions that the Chancellor might look to make but that money was put in there specifically to help those families.

“I am glad you mentioned it and obviously we will continue to look at all of our interventions as we have done throughout this pandemic.”

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