Universal Credit Roll-Out

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:17 pm on 24th October 2017.

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Photo of Douglas Ross Douglas Ross Conservative, Moray 3:17 pm, 24th October 2017

I am sorry, but Opposition Members were critical that I was not here to represent my constituents’ views last week, so I will use my four minutes to speak for them.

That the system has benefits is hardly surprising, given that things have been simplified. I am grateful that the Government are listening to concerns raised by Members on both sides of the House, as we saw with the decision on the cost of calling the helpline.

Our last debate under Standing Order No. 24 was about another Government decision not to vote. During that debate, Pete Wishart said:

“The key thing is that nobody expects them”— the Government—

“to change their policy or direction on certain issues just because they get beat on a Labour party Opposition day motion—that is the last thing people expect.”—[Official Report, 10 October 2017; Vol. 629, c. 228.]

While the SNP shadow Leader of the House might not expect things to change, I am encouraged that the Government are listening to concerns from Government and Opposition Members. The responses that I have received from the Secretary of State and Ministers to constituency queries have been constructive and helpful. By dealing with issues in that way, we can ensure that universal credit, which is accepted across the political spectrum with an agreement in principle, not only works for everyone, but delivers for everyone.