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Universal Credit

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:46 pm on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean 1:46 pm, 17th October 2018

No, I have made that point and want now to move on to the design of the system.

For me, the biggest advantage of the universal credit system is that it gets rid of the hours caps on what people can earn and the reduction in the withdrawal of benefit. Neil Gray, who speaks for the Scottish National party, talked about taper rates and the reduction of benefit as you earn money. He is right about that, but what he forgets to say is that under the legacy benefit system that withdrawal of benefit could be up to 90%. It meant that it was not worth people—[Interruption.]