Universal Credit

Part of Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 6:15 pm on 7th July 2014.

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Photo of Angela Watkinson Angela Watkinson Conservative, Hornchurch and Upminster 6:15 pm, 7th July 2014

I am not for one moment giving the impression that that was typical of the average claim; of course it was not. The fact that there was no cap meant that it was possible, in certain circumstances, to rise to those really out-of-control levels.

The reforms to the welfare system will ensure that as many people as possible who are fit for work are helped into work, and only those people who are either unable to work for a whole complex range of reasons or who are on very low incomes are eligible for benefits. The scale of that task is gargantuan, but we have made good progress and we continue to progress towards improving the lives of the long-term unemployed and bringing the welfare budget under control for the benefit of the working people who pay for it through their taxes.