Household Debt

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th February 2018.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Shadow Minister (Exiting the European Union) 12:00 am, 27th February 2018

Citizens Advice reports that there are universal credit claimants who are having more than 40% of their standard allowance taken from their monthly payment. There is a 40% cap on repayments to third parties, but that does not appear to cover repayments of advanced or budgeting loans. This is leaving people unable to make ends meet—for example, one person retained just £97. Will the Minister agree to meet his colleagues at the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure that people are not pushed into debt by the Government’s rules?