dAmian Green, the former Work and Pensions minister, said Liz Truss “probably not” has won the backing of the House of Commons to avoid an inflation-related rise in benefits.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “If people are already struggling, and many of these people will be, then it is not a wise answer to the problems to make them struggle even more.
“I fully agree with the Prime Minister when she says you should see this in the round, but in the round there is no point in giving the poorest people in the country an extra £1,200 for energy bills. and then say, but we’re going to recover hundreds of pounds of that, it argues against the government’s own bailout package, so I don’t see the point of this.”
Asked if the Prime Minister could get a non-inflationary increase in benefits through the House of Commons, Mr Green said: “Probably not, I think there will be many of my colleagues who think that when you aim for austerity, pay is not the way to do it.
“Like I said, lowering the social security bill can be done in a number of ways, there are other ways to do that and of course it illustrates the wider political problem of where to find austerity, the two biggest government budgets are health and welfare and it is politically difficult to cut both budgets.”