Sajid Javid calls on Prime Minister to back off and increase state benefits to match rising inflation | Politics | News

In line with increasing pressure on prime minister to concede this issue, the Work and Pensions Secretary is set to address the issue at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Chloe Smith will support raising benefits during the meeting and it is expected that the Prime Minister will start to back her plans for a real cut.

Mrs Truss expressed her desire to raise state benefits in line with earnings while at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham last week.

The move would save around £5bn when compared to a pledge under Boris Johnson to match inflation, it has been reported.

Mrs Smith is due to deliver a judgment on benefit increases later this month and is clear she wants to increase benefits with inflation to “protect the most vulnerable”.

With the latest support for the strategy from Mr Javid, it is increasingly clear that the Prime Minister will have no choice but to give in to the wishes of those in his own party.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the MP for Bromsgrove said: “People are going through incredibly challenging times.

“We can all see that in our society.

“So I personally think the benefits should stay in line with inflation.”

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The government meeting is believed to see a number of ministers announce their opposition to increasing benefits in line with earnings.

The Work and Pensions Secretary has said she will not “lay ambush” on Truss and will refrain from making a decision on benefits until September’s inflation data is made available next week.

Despite this, Mrs Smith will make it clear she wants to raise Universal Credit in line with inflation to protect those most at risk after deciding concessions for children, carers and disabled people are not possible .

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