On Monday Amber Rudd’s admission that Universal Credit is driving foodbank use finally brings to an end a series of denials from government ministers that the two are linked.
Work and Pensions Secretary Rudd told the Commons that the controversial benefits system was “the main issue that led to an increase in foodbank use” to mark her more conciliatory stance towards its flaws.
The former Home Secretary was initially bullish in her new role, immediately slamming the “extremely political nature of the language” used by UN Special Rapporteur Dr Philip Alston in his damning report on UK poverty in November.
Amber Rudd admits the rise in people using foodbanks is linked to Universal Credit issues.
The Work and Pensions Secretary said: "The main issue that led to an increase in foodbank use could have been the fact that people had difficulty accessing their money early enough." pic.twitter.com/Kb9bixhqpt
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But since then she has bowed to some of the voices of dissent from charities, politicians and poverty groups, halting the roll-out of the managed migration stage and limiting it to a 10,000-strong trial as well as relaxing the two-child benefit cap.
Her latest climb down has been praised by Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Committee that called for benefit sanctions to be eased this week.