Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:09 pm on 17th November 2016.

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Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 3:09 pm, 17th November 2016

Yes. Let me give my hon. Friend that reassurance. My hon. Friend Justin Tomlinson not only thanked DWP staff again, but helpfully outlined the detail of the support mentioned in the Green Paper, which we will bring in before there are new claimants from April. I am grateful to him for going through that in detail. All that support will be in place before the new claims come in.

I have heard the word “pause” a lot this afternoon. I do not think we should pause that support. We need to progress it, and it will come on stream in April.