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Universal Credit

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:14 pm on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Johnny Mercer Johnny Mercer Conservative, Plymouth, Moor View 2:14 pm, 17th October 2018

The hon. Gentleman will be as aware as I am that people in this country are absolutely sick of Labour and Conservative politicians blaming each other for the situation we are in. The legacy benefits system sapped the ambition of a generation of young people in cities such as mine to go into work, to get a job and to build a family. That system needed reform. You cannot marry the idea that you should bin universal credit with a commitment to improving the life chances of our most vulnerable constituents: the two are not intellectually compatible.

We have heard about a lot of the problems with universal credit—