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Wes Streeting praises archbishop over call for Labour to scrap two-child benefit cap

Wes Streeting praises archbishop over call for Labour to scrap two-child benefit cap

Wes Streeting praises archbishop over call for Labour to scrap two-child benefit cap
May 19, 2024 1 min, 0 secs

The shadow health secretary, Wes Streeting, has praised the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, for calling on Labour to scrap the two-child benefit cap, saying it was “literally his job” to speak out on such matters.

Streeting said he did not like the cap, which campaigners say has pushed hundreds of thousands of families into poverty, but that the party could not commit to ending it until it knew how this would be financed.

Asked on Sky’s Sunday Morning with Trevor Philips what he felt about the comments, Streeting said Welby was perfectly entitled to express such views.

“You’re never going to find, if there’s a Labour government, politicians being sent out to attack the archbishop of Canterbury for virtue-signalling, as Conservative MPs have done,” Streeting said.

Labour has faced criticism for not committing to ending the cap, but Streeting said this was unavoidable: “It is one of the consequences of the Conservatives’ disastrous handling of the economy that the public finances are in a mess, and there are hard choices to make.

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