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I was stunned by Boris Johnson's statement when asked about the reduction

 

"I think that what we want to see is jobs, we want people in employment and we want to see the economy bouncing back. And I think most people in this country want to see a focus on jobs and growth in wages than on welfare (sic), but clearly we have to keep all of these things under review"

 

Is Johnson delusional, blatantly lying or just taking the piss? His government's lockdown policies are destroying the economy and creating massive unemployment.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jan/14/labour-force-commons-vote-cut-universal-credit-covid

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Rishi Sunak has drawn up plans to give nearly six million people a one-off £500 benefit payment in an attempt to stave off a revolt over universal credit.
The chancellor yesterday met the prime minister and Thérèse Coffey, the work and pensions secretary, to discuss alternatives to the £20-a-week increase in universal credit.
The government increased the benefit payments for nearly six million people in March to help families cope with the coronavirus crisis. The move added an extra £1,040 to claimants’ annual incomes.
The boost in universal credit payments is due to end in April, leaving some of Britain’s poorest families facing a cut in their weekly income during a recession.
Labour is calling for it to be extended and will hold an opposition day debate on Monday in a move which could see Tory MPs forced to vote against it. Many, however, are in favour of extending the increase for another year

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15 minutes ago, Shake said:

Rishi Sunak has drawn up plans to give nearly six million people a one-off £500 benefit payment in an attempt to stave off a revolt over universal credit.
The chancellor yesterday met the prime minister and Thérèse Coffey, the work and pensions secretary, to discuss alternatives to the £20-a-week increase in universal credit.
The government increased the benefit payments for nearly six million people in March to help families cope with the coronavirus crisis. The move added an extra £1,040 to claimants’ annual incomes.
The boost in universal credit payments is due to end in April, leaving some of Britain’s poorest families facing a cut in their weekly income during a recession.
Labour is calling for it to be extended and will hold an opposition day debate on Monday in a move which could see Tory MPs forced to vote against it. Many, however, are in favour of extending the increase for another year

Labour challenging the government on something? It's just theatre and misdirection on a small (to the politicians) issue. If Labour were really an opposition party they'd be challenging the government on their deliberate strategy of destroying the working class economy, instead of rubber stamping it and demanding it be more severe.

 

The current leadership of Labour are complicit in enacting the great reset with the Torys and we now have no viable political alternative. The illusiory facade of democracy we had before has been dropped and we are left with no political options to counter the removal of our freedoms and the imposition of a police state

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32 minutes ago, Rachel Underhill said:

The plan is to cause hardship and misery to as many families as possible.  I'm sick of hearing the millions of pounds given to the Arts, Theatre's etc.

To make people suffer so they will be grateful for their universal basic wage and enslavement perhaps?

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