Treasury Secretary Liz Truss tried to outdo Norman Tebbit in the out-of-touch Tory stakes today by lecturing people plunged into poverty by government incompetence.
In an echo of Tebbit’s “get on your bike” outburst at unemployed people, Truss told Universal Credit claimants left penniless by chaos in the scheme’s rollout that they just need to get down the job centre.
“I would encourage people to visit the job centre, go in and get the advice,” she told the BBC’s Daily Politics show after Jeremy Corbyn revealed at PMQs that the Government is charging callers to the Universal Credit helpline up to 55p a minute.
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Truss seems to have forgotten that only last week the Government that she is a member of began a massive programme of job centre closures.
87 job centres are due to be closed over the next seven months – around one in ten of all job centres in the UK. The first four shut their doors last Friday.
The PCS union, which represents job centre staff, has warned: “Hundreds of members will now be at risk of redundancy as a result and the service we provide for claimants will be drastically weakened.”
It means that people left with little or no money by the Government’s botched benefits reform now face shelling out on a premium rate phone call or paying even more for a bus fare to visit a job centre which is further away.
If only things were as easy for people in this country as they seem to be on planet Tory…