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Part of Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons on 20th December 2018.

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Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

I have met Women’s Aid three times in the past month, as well as Refuge and ManKind, as we are looking to improve the support available through UC, based on the three key principles. The first is identifying people, whereby those organisations are helping directly to sort out training and guidance out for all our frontline staff so that people can be identified as quickly as possible. Secondly, we are building on the principle of referring, so that all local and national partnerships are then made available. Finally, we are supporting people, to make sure they are fast-tracked to get a single status UC claim, advance payments and, where appropriate, split payments.