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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th October 2017.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 12:00 am, 9th October 2017

The benefits freeze was a measure that this Government took to contribute to reducing the deficit. On the point about people having to wait 10 weeks before receiving universal credit, 80% get paid in full and on time after six weeks. The system of arrears is inherent in universal credit because the payment is based on how much a person has earned over the previous month. That has always been part of the design, and it was part of the design that, presumably, the hon. Gentleman voted for when the coalition Government passed the legislation.