New Clause 1 — Repeal of Tax Credits Regulations 2015

Part of Welfare Reform and Work Bill (Programme No. 3) – in the House of Commons at 1:30 pm on 27th October 2015.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark 1:30 pm, 27th October 2015

The National Audit Office has suggested that as a result of the incompetence of the coalition Government and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, £140 million was wasted on the early stages of universal credit. Is my hon. Friend aware that that could have helped 108,000 people who are now being punished for that failure and face the withdrawal of tax credits, or 21,500 people over the course of the current Parliament? Should the money not have been better spent?