Universal Credit: Managed Migration

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:51 pm on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 12:51 pm, 8th January 2019

Margaret Greenwood asked earlier why the Secretary of State is not here. The reason is that she is in Cabinet. Her commitment is absolutely clear. She has visited jobcentres and talked to stakeholders and organisations that care about getting universal credit right, so there should be no indication in the House that she is not taking her duties incredibly seriously. She is hugely committed to this.

As I said, earlier this year, we brought forward £1.5 billion of funding to help people by allowing advances of up to 100% on day one if individuals require that and having a two-week run-on for housing benefit, and another £4.5 billion was announced in the Budget. This is all about making a difference and helping the most vulnerable in our society—something the Opposition should welcome.