National Living Wage - Tories taking five times as much though cuts to Universal Credit and Tax Credits
Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the introduction of the ‘National Living Wage’, said:
It's a typically cruel sleight of hand from the Tories to introduce their version of the living wage with one hand, while taking five times as much in cuts to Universal Credit and Tax Credits with the other.
“While this higher minimum wage for the over 25s is welcome, it will feel like an act of deception for the two million families set to lose £1,600 a year through cuts to in work support.
“If the Tories were serious about supporting low- and middle-paid workers, they would reverse those cuts in full, as a matter of urgency.”