23 March 2022
Aldous calls on Chancellor to review benefits as cost of living increases

Following the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Spring Statement, Peter Aldous calls on him to review the levels of universal credit and other benefits to help the poor and most vulnerable facing increases in the cost of living.

Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con)

I welcome the announcements that my right hon. Friend has made about national insurance thresholds, fuel duty and the increase in the household support fund. The past two years have been very challenging for the poorest and most vulnerable, and it is going to get a whole lot tougher. As we saw with his swift and right decision to raise universal credit at the start of the pandemic—this was too hastily reduced—the best way of targeting support for those who need it is through the benefits system. May I urge him to look closely in the coming days and weeks at the levels of UC and other benefits, and the means of uprating them?

Rishi Sunak (The Chancellor of the Exchequer)

I thank my hon. Friend for that. I strongly believe that the best way to help people sustainably is to move them off welfare and into work. That is what this Government are doing. Our record on doing so is incredibly strong, and we are throwing the kitchen sink, in terms of both money and policies, which the International Monetary Fund has described as “well targeted”, at supporting people as they make that transition and putting more money in their pockets.