: Take action rather than criticise, UN poverty expert tells Rudd

11-20-2018, 08:29 PM
Philip Alston says ministers criticism of the tone of his austerity report misses the point

The UN expert on extreme poverty has hit back at the new work and pensions secretary, Amber Rudd, after she complained that the tone of his report into the consequences of austerity in the UK was highly inappropriate.

Philip Alston urged Rudd to instead follow some of his recommendations to make the welfare system more humane rather than dismissing the powerful language in his report examining the impact of cuts and welfare reforms, including universal credit, as extraordinarily political, as she did in the Commons on Monday (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/19/amber-rudd-un-poverty-report-return-frontline-politics).

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