The new Prime Minister refused to offer any guarantees that she will not again take the axe to struggling families’ benefits
Theresa May will not rule out delivering yet more brutal welfare cuts if the economy suffers a Brexit nosedive.
The new Prime Minister refused to offer any guarantees that she will not again take the axe to struggling families’ benefits if more Whitehall savings are needed in the coming months – despite the relentless Tory attacks on welfare since 2010.
And it comes after the previous Chancellor George Osborne announced in March that he had ‘no further plans to make welfare savings’ before the 2020 general election.
Asked by the Mirror if she will stick to that promise, Mrs May replied: “We are continuing the plans we have as a Government.
“Obviously we have to look and see what happens in the economy and how the economy does start to move – if there is any further movement post the Brexit result.
“We’ve got the plans that are there at the moment. Obviously anyone will be looking very carefully at how the economic situation pans out.”
Mr Osborne’s replacement as Chancellor Philip Hammond has already warned he may have to ‘reset’ the Government’s tax-and-spend policy if the economy starts to tank this autumn.