July 4, 2018 / 11:41 AM / 18 days ago

British minister to correct earlier statement about welfare reform

LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said welfare minister Esther McVey will correct a statement to parliament after McVey was accused of making misleading remarks about problems with the roll-out of a controversial welfare reform.

“It is very clear that ministers should correct the record in parliament, and the welfare secretary will be correcting the record,” May told lawmakers on Wednesday.

McVey’s correction will come after Britain’s spending watchdog took the unusual step of publicly criticising the minister, saying she had misinterpreted a report to make it look as though the new welfare reform is working well. (Reporting By Andrew MacAskill and Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison)

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