Thérèse Coffey confirms they are 'not reviewing state pension age'
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Louise Minchin grilled Therese Coffey on Monday’s BBC Breakfast about the Government’s decision to start phasing out the Universal Credit uplift. She told the MP there is a “deep concern” about how the move will impact families across the country.
Minchin erupted at Mrs Coffey over the way she defended the Government’s decision to cut Universal Credit on BBC Breakfast.
Plans to reverse the £20 uplift in Universal Credit will go ahead at the end of September, the Health Secretary has confirmed.
The weekly increase was put in place to help claimants cope during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the Government is planning to start phasing out the increase from the end of the month, based on individual claimants’ payment dates.
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Minchin told Mrs Coffey: “In the meantime, many of them [claimants] will be losing that £20 a week and seeing that rise in national insurance hitting their accounts as well.
“So what you seem to be saying is you’ll take £20 a week off you and you have to work longer then?”
Mrs Coffey responded saying she will be doing “all she can” to get people into better-paid jobs.
She said the uplift is temporary and she is “confident” the Government’s work coaches around the country will help get people back into work.
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