Universal Credit - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:30 pm on 13th July 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Drake Baroness Drake Labour 12:30 pm, 13th July 2021

My Lords, the pandemic has been highly unequal in its impact on different sectors, people and geographies. The Government can try to bury the bad news that they are cutting universal credit by £20 a week but they cannot disguise that this is delivering an overnight 5% cut to the incomes of 6 million poorer households. If the £20 cut goes ahead, as the Resolution Foundation points out, it will result in the lowest real-terms level of basic benefits for 30 years. In today’s environment, how does the Minister justify that?