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Jack Monroe has eviscerated the conservative government over poverty and issues with the economy.
Speaking on Politics Liveyesterday about the cost of living crisis, the campaigner and food writer told business minister Paul Scully how austerity had impacted the lives of vulnerable people and accused his party of rebuilding the economy "on the bodies of dead people". She said:
"I really have to take issue with the fact that you said the government are not going to recovery the economy off the back of the lowest paid people because that has been conservative policy for the last 12 years.
"Austerity led ideology has meant that people who have the least in this country have routinely been asked to shoulder the burdens of the bank bailouts and all of the policies that consecutive conservative governments have put in place to reduce welfare payments, to reduce the support that is available for the poorest and most vulnerable people in the lowest income households.
"The economy has been rebuilt, what little greenshoots we have has been rebuilt, has been on the bodies of the dead people who are no longer with us because they have been failed by the department of work and pensions."
As I live and breathe I will never, EVER stop reminding them of this.pic.twitter.com/kmDHu1frOI
Elsewhere on the show, Monroe warned of the growing number of people facing fuel poverty and called on chancellor Rishi Sunak to intervene.
"People are really struggling and really suffering at the moment.
"That is only going to get worse and we need a rapid intervention in order to lift those people out of poverty.
"We've seen that the chancellor can find a whole orchard of magic money trees for his pet projects, for things he deems to be worthy, Eat Out To Help Out, writing off furlough fraud and he needs to go and dig around in that orchard and find some for people who don't have the same...lobbying power."
4.5m people in the UK live in fuel poverty, says author Jack Monroe, and that will "rise to 6.5m people in April\u201d\n\nThe UK has to find "sustainable solutions" to support children and families in poverty, says Business Minister Paul Scully\n\n#PoliticsLive \u2026pic.twitter.com/gsZ3WPC3pf
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She also gave evidence to the Work and Pensions select committee, where she added: "The impact of the cost of living crisis on those households is going to be in some cases fatal, and that's not a term I use lightly."
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