Today, the government has decided to end the uplift to universal credit implemented at the beginning of the start of the pandemic, leaving some families missing out on as much as £20 a week. Good Morning Britain’s Alastair Campbell and Susanna Reid welcomed Edwina Currie and Gary Neville onto the ITV show today to discuss the cuts, with the former claiming people should merely return to work while the latter insisted it was “brutal” to implement the cuts at this time.
Stating her case, Edwina insisted there was plenty of jobs up and down the country which those who claim universal credit should be applying for.
“What we have to realise is that we’ve got something like a million vacancies being advertised in the country, we’ve got a record number of vacancies.
“We have whole industries desperate for people to come into work, from catering to the care industry to food processing – businesses are absolutely desperate and pushing up wages.
“So it doesn’t make any kind of sense to pay people to stay home,” Edwina added but Susanna was quick to point out not everyone on universal credit is out of work.
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“Honestly, to remove universal credit payments at this moment in time is brutal, let’s be clear,” he added.
However, as the debate edged towards its climax, Edwina and Gary found themselves talking over one another as a row ensued.
“Businesses are looking for people to come and work, why don’t you go and recruit those people and help them and make sure they have the money they’ve earned, there’s nothing better than knowing that you’ve earned the money to put the food on the table,” Edwina blasted as Gary tried to interject.
Taking issue with her claims to get people into the catering industry, specifically, Gary pointed out: “Edwina, you can’t be a chef in 10 minutes, by the way.
“It takes months, we need lots of people in our kitchens as restaurants do -“ he tried to continue before Edwina cut him off: “No, but you can be a kitchen porter in 10 minutes!”
Edwina continued to talk over Gary, prompting Alastair to interject: “Let him speak!”
And Gary was quickly blown away by Edwina’s claims as he hit back: “Oh, my God, it’s a scandal.
“Honestly, for you to say that someone should just go and be a kitchen porter, honestly, it’s ridiculous.”