Universal Credit

Part of Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 7:27 pm on 7th July 2014.

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Photo of Anne Begg Anne Begg Chair, Work and Pensions Committee 7:27 pm, 7th July 2014

From the Select Committee’s point of view—not that of Labour Back Benchers—the problem is that we do not know any of those things. The hon. Gentleman has made assumptions, but we do not know whether the IT has developed sufficiently to take account of families with children or whether it would cost anything to make the payment to the primary carer instead. We do not know—that is our objection. We have not been told. We have not been kept in the loop.