Universal Credit

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:07 pm on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 1:07 pm, 17th October 2018

It is good to be here again to update the House on universal credit for the third time this week. I know that many Members want to speak in this debate. I know too, Mr Speaker, that you are always anxious to hear Back Benchers speak, as am I, so I will keep my remarks as brief as possible.

I have been forthright with colleagues across the House—and in my speech at Reform earlier this year—about universal credit’s strong merits and the areas that we need to improve. In fact, in my Reform speech, I said that I would improve universal support, and I delivered on that this month. Since becoming Secretary of State, I have changed the system to provide extra support for those with severe disabilities, vulnerable young 18 to 21-year-olds and kinship carers. I am also working with colleagues to identify areas where we can make more improvements.