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Some people “could be worse off” when they switch to universal credit, Esther McVey has admitted – directly contradicting Theresa May’s pledge to “protect” them. The work and pensions secretary said “tough decisions’ had been made which would hit claimants – following reports that she told the cabinet their loss could reach £2,400 a year. The admission comes just one day after the prime minister told the Commons that current claimants “will not see any reduction”, promising: “They will be protected.”. More follows…. The Independent has launched its #FinalSay campaign to demand that voters are given a voice on the final Brexit deal. Sign our petition here Full story

11 October