A Government Minister said parents on low incomes have received an increase in Universal Credit payments.

Nadhim Zahawi told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We’ve put over £9 billion into Universal Credit to help exactly those families that need that help and we continue with the policy of holiday clubs.”

The Business Minister said research from a pilot scheme “demonstrates that families didn’t just want the meals, although they valued the meals, they didn’t like the labelling of them being free, they actually prefer to pay a modest amount, £1 or £2, but they valued the additional focus on exercise and on reading fun books and so on through the holiday”.