New Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke refused to bow to pressure to ease the misery of some of the most poverty-hit households
The Tories will press ahead with their cruel benefits freeze which is crippling hard-up families despite soaring inflation, the Work and Pensions Secretary confirmed today.
David Gauke refused to bow to pressure to ease the misery of some of the most poverty-hit households battling rising prices and falling real incomes.
He also renewed fears for a fresh attack on OAPs, suggesting the pensions triple lock could be axed within three years.
Inflation has climbed to 2.9% and is predicted to rise further before the end of the year.
But the freeze on working-age benefits, which came into force last year, sees most payments capped at their current rate until 2019.
Speaking at a Westminster lunch, Mr Gauke dashed hopes of an end to austerity, saying: “I would expect the benefit freeze to continue.”