Jeremy Corbyn has urged Theresa May to go to a cinema and watch the award-winning film I, Daniel Blake, as research reveals one in five benefit claimants hit by benefit sanctions have become homeless, including families with children.
The Labour leader also suggested that the Prime Minister take Work and Pensions Secretary Damien Green along with her, after he claimed the film was “monstrously unfair” despite admitting he had never seen it.
Corbyn called on the Prime Minister to put an end to the “institutionalised barbarity” of the sanctions regime, but Theresa May said sanctions and work capability assessments are an important part of the benefits system.
She told Mr Corbyn: “Of course it’s important that in our welfare system we ensure that those who need the support that the state is giving them through that benefit system are able to access that.
“But it is also important in our system that those who are paying for it feel that the system is fair to them as well.”