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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:33 am on 25th October 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Leader of the House of Commons 10:33 am, 25th October 2012

I will of course talk to my hon. Friends at the Department for Work and Pensions, so that they reply specifically to the hon. Gentleman, but my understanding is not that the changes to universal credit rule out the possibility of direct payment, but merely that it is important that they be assessed and examined to ensure they are appropriate. Wherever possible, we want those in receipt of universal credit to feel like they are in work. We do not want to change the sense of that, so that they get their pay and it is their responsibility to live within their means.


thomas glynn
Posted on 27 Oct 2012 1:37 am (Report this annotation)

Minister Lansley must be on a different planet to me and most other right thinking people in this country??
How can he even think that the people in need of rent payments will hand over the proceeds of the rent due to a landlord on the many occasions that they are in dire straights with their houshold bills. How does he suggest we rehouse all the recipients of these benefits after they have beene evicted from the home that the landlord reposses when the arrears come to light after " Christmas" or other such times of hardship????
Will he tell us?? Now; not after the horse has 'bolted'?

Tommy Glynn BEM