The Secretary for Work and Pensions was caught enjoying karaoke as benefits were slashed by £1,000 a year.
Therese Coffey was caught on camera singing karaoke for “The Time of My Life” early Wednesday morning after her government department cut Universal Credit’s uplift.
The Secretary of Work and Pensions enjoying herself while standing on stage with Welfare Minister Will Quins during the Conservative Party’s annual convention at around 1 a.m.
Her singalong was filmed just an hour after the £20-per-week cut went into action, as the benefit scheme would affect 5.8 million people.
Uplift was introduced to help ease financial concerns over Universal Credit during the pandemic, but the government now believes removing it would encourage people to go back to work.
However, the cut has been described by the independent think tank Resolution Foundation as “the largest overnight cut for profit in history”.
People were not at all happy to see the cabinet minister singing the day the cut came into force.
The shadow minister, Jonathan Reynolds, told Sky News: “The Secretary of State’s singing that she is having the ‘time of her life’, while making families today £1,000 a year worse, is clearly a disgrace and a disgrace. .
“It is not too late for the government to reverse this disastrous decision, support struggling families, and cancel this cut.”
Fellow Labor MP Zara Sultana tweeted that Coffey’s behavior was “disgusting”, while Labor’s Nadia Whittom tweeted: “Do you know who doesn’t have the time of their lives? Six million low-income families with Universal Credit I just cut 1,000 pounds.”
Labor also plans to drive a van around the Tory convention venue in Manchester at the time of the keynote speech with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s words: “Cancel the cut.”