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Universal Credit and Welfare Changes

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:57 am on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Labour, Stretford and Urmston 11:57 am, 21st June 2018

Last week, I met a constituent at my surgery who had received just £11 for four hours’ work as a result of less generous earnings disregards and a sharper clawback of council debts than under legacy benefits. What estimates has the Secretary of State made of those features in terms of the continuing employment benefits that she has talked about? Can we help her to approach the Chancellor, as he prepares his autumn Budget, to ask him to put money into the universal credit system to improve the earnings disregards and to lower the rate at which other debt is recovered?