Department for Work and Pensions

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:35 pm on 2nd July 2019.

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Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison Conservative, Copeland 2:35 pm, 2nd July 2019

I explained earlier in my speech that previously women in particular were restricting their working hours to 16 hours a week because of the benefit system, and in terms of the evidence the hon. Lady is surely not doubting that the unemployment record is at its lowest since 1971.

UC is one of the most important reforms the Government are making. I want to see high quality, affordable, flexible childcare in every town and village, and I would like to hear from the Minister what steps he and his Department are taking to make that possible. Certainly the welfare reforms are making it a more achievable goal in my community, and I welcome the Government’s efforts.