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While we debate Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn said, we must not ignore the plight facing people in Britain. Last week he wrote to Theresa May about the report from Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur, about poverty in the UK. May said she did not agree with the report, claiming poverty in the UK was at a record low.
When, Corbyn asked, would the government halt its rollout?
May said the government had made changes to universal credit. Labour wouldn’t support those changes.
If May wouldn’t halt the rollout, Corbyn went on, would she end the five-week wait – the only way to stop demand for food banks increasing, and leaving people at risk of no money at Christmas.
May said Corbyn did not understand how the system operates: it is now easier for people to get advances, with 100% of payments up front.
Corbyn said this was actually a loan offered to some people.
Corbyn said the Bank of England’s chief economist described the last 10 years as a lost decade for wages. Two years ago a UN committee found that this government’s policies towards disabled people were a grave abuse of their rights.
Has that system improved?