'Amber Rudd has used her first appearance in the House of Commons as work and pensions secretary to condemn a UN inquiry into poverty in the UK over what she said was the “extraordinary political nature” of its language.
In a sometimes combative appearance at departmental questions, three days after she was appointed in place of Esther McVey, who resigned in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit deal, Rudd condemned the report by Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
At the end of a two-week trip to the UK, Alston said the government had inflicted poverty on people through austerity and called levels of child poverty “not just a disgrace but a social calamity and an economic disaster”.
He also attacked universal credit, which had been beset by problems during McVey’s time in the job.
Rudd, returning to the cabinet seven months after stepping down as home secretary amid the Windrush scandal, said she profoundly disagreed with Altson’s approach.
Asked by her Labour shadow counterpart, Margaret Greenwood, about the report’s criticism of the government’s new all-in-one working benefits system, Rudd said: “I have seen the report by the rapporteur, I’ve read it over the weekend, and I must say I was disappointed to say the least by the extraordinary political nature of his language.'
Read more: Amber Rudd condemns UN poverty report in combative return to frontline politics
Did you like this article?
Thank you for your vote!
10 December 2018
Amazon 'set to land on the British High Street with a high-tech, till-free supermarket' after launches in the U.S.
9 December 2018
Jihadis are plotting a devastating CHEMICAL WEAPONS attack in Britain and could launch a chlorine bomb on London Underground, security chiefs warn
From our advertisers
17 hours ago
‘Total mobilization’: Strasbourg bans public demos amid massive manhunt for Christmas market gunman
The Brexit Mess Planned All Along To Thwart The Will Of The People - The David Icke Dot-Connector Videocast
16 hours ago
Yemen war: At least six times as many killed in conflict than previously thought, report says
From our advertisers