Universal Credit - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:36 pm on 18 April 2023.

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Photo of Baroness Sherlock Baroness Sherlock Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions) 2:36, 18 April 2023

My Lords, of course households make their own choices, but the point of this report is that we all need certain things: somewhere to live, clothes to wear, food to eat and the ability to heat our homes. The suggestion is that there simply is not enough money in the system to do that. For most of the last decade, the Government have not uprated benefits by the rate of inflation, which results in a disconnect between the cost of living and what the social security system gives people to live on. Now, we are seeing poverty, destitution, homelessness and the use of food banks are all going up. Does the Minister think it would make a difference if benefits and tax credits were automatically uprated by inflation, rather than simply being down to what Ministers want to do that year?