The Cabinet Minister in charge of Universal Credit was slammed for belting out ‘Time Of My Life’ at a boozy Conservative party conference karaoke bash, hours before cutting payments to six million people.
Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey enthusiastically belted out the 1987 power ballad from the movie Dirty Dancing in a duet with fellow Will Quince, a former welfare minister.
It came as a £20 per week COVID uplift payment was removed from Universal Credit for families across the United Kingdom.
The Government has pushed forward with the cut despite concerns from Tory backbenchers, that hundreds of thousands of people would be plunged into poverty.
From today, no assessments will include the uplift, meaning that from October 13, a week later, no payments will be received that include the additional money.
Shadow work and pensions minister Jonathan Reynolds said the Secretary of State singing that she’s having the ‘time of her life’ while making families £1,000 a year worse off today was frankly an insult and a disgrace.
Lib Dem health and social care spokeswoman Munira Wilson said that she had no problem with politicians having fun and that she enjoys hitting the dancefloor, but that just hours before, this woman had plunged thousands into poverty by slashing Universal Credit. How could Therese Coffey even live with herself, let alone belt out ‘Time Of My Life?’
Therese Coffey was one of several MPs who took to the stage at the event at the Manchester conference site.
Levelling up Secretary Michael Gove took to the dancefloor with Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Tom Tugenhat, while Foreign Secretary Liz Truss also dropped in.
Justice Minister Dominic Raab defending cutting the Universal Credit uplift today said that the £400 billion boost was always going to be short-lived.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that what they’ve done – National Living Wage, personal allowance, the ending of the over-reliance on cheap labour from overseas which reduces wages was so important to their vision for the economy.
He said the Government was absolutely committed to making sure people could meet the cost of living through rising wages, and that their rate of increasing jobs was incredible, and that youth employment was going down, and that they have a million job vacancies being advertised.
This is all very insensitive, to say the least, but then this is typical of the Tories, who have no remorse.
Of course, we all know that this was a temporary payment, but the Government are now taking it away whilst the cost of living is going up.
I don’t use benefits but have had to in the past, so I do have compassion for those that are wanting.
Women don’t intend on being single parents, and some have to give up a career to raise their children and then get abandoned with no income, which means they’re screwed and have to start from scratch. And those families that are on minimum wage have no other option but to be subsidised by the Government.
Inflation has gone up, the cost of everyday things has gone up, and people that are below the breadline are then forced to make choices, but Therese Coffey appears to be having a fabulous time with the karaoke machine, but then as they say, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.’ And she’s definitely being judge by her actions, and her appearance has a lot to answer for.
Apparently, we have to build back better. I wonder how we’re going to do that with our wicked, shameful Tory party, with gas and food now being so expensive, doesn’t it seem wrong to remove this uplift for the most disadvantaged in society?