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Former work and pensions secretary admits harsh benefit cuts were responsible for rising poverty.

What: Stephen Crabb speaks out in an interview on BBC Radio 4, where he urges the current chancellor not to make the same mistake. He speaks out amid increasing criticisms of government plans to cut the £20 uplift to universal credit, planned for April m2021. He says: “We took too much money out of universal credit, we squeezed too hard. That’s what gives you a lot of the reasons behind the increase in hardship in this country.”

Why significant: A rare admission from a Conservative MP (and former minister) that benefits cuts have contributed to rising poverty


Harsh benefit cuts to blame for rising poverty, former Conservative Cabinet minister admits, Independent, 2020