Tory MPs have come under fire after joyfully jeering at an official UN report into rising poverty and the devasting impact of benefit changes on the UK’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens.
During Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs), Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn highlighted a recent report from the UN’s Special Rapporteur’s into rising poverty rates, only to be shouted down by Tory MPs on Government benches.
The UN’s report found continued Tory austerity has inflicted “great misery” on millions of the UK’s poorest citizens, adding that Government policies have been driven by the idea of “social cleansing” and have little to do with economic necessetity.
In a previous report, the UN concluded that the UK Government were guilty of “grave and systematic” abuses of disabled people’s human rights, whilst highlighting damaging welfare cuts as one of the main causes.
As with the latest UN report, the UK Government rejected the concerns raised by the UN Rapporteur, and instead attempted to draw attention to rising employment rates that experts conclude are not necessarily a result of Government welfare changes.
In fact, they say recent improvements in the employment rate are part of a natural cycle and should not be seen as definite proof of the success of Government policies.