Welfare Secretary Amber Rudd has admitted cruel Conservative benefit cuts have driven desperate, penniless families to foodbanks.

Well, at least that is a start.

For years the Tories have evaded responsibility and lived in a fantasy world – denying the terrible misery they have caused.

Their austerity policy and sanctions on Universal Credit and benefits have caused ­innocent victims to turn to charity.

People have been stigmatising, claimants demonised and low-paid workers short-changed.

 

And all the time neighbours have been turned against each other in the Tories’ usual callous policy of divide and rule.

That Rudd’s admission is progress is depressing and she must match action to her words.

What about an apology to those left hungry and despairing by policies she voted for? How about it, Secretary of State?