Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on the UN Special Rapporteur’s latest report, said “This report is a shocking indictment of the brutal cuts to social security introduced by Conservative-led governments since 2010 and the deeply flawed, punitive system that they have created.
“The evidence it sets out should be a source of shame to this government, from people being driven into debt due to the wait for Universal Credit, through to those at risk of destitution because of the draconian sanctions regime.
“The sharp increase in food bank use tells us that the social security system has lost its way and is failing to protect people from poverty.
“The government attacked the initial report in November as being ‘political’ and brushed it aside. It must now end this state of denial, listen to the evidence and take urgent action to tackle the profound injustices in our society.”