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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:48 am on 25th July 2019.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Chair, Finance Committee (Commons) 11:48 am, 25th July 2019

My constituents are not looking for handouts; they want to be able to stand on their own two feet. They are ambitious and want to get on in life and provide for their children, but just sometimes they have to rely on universal credit. As it is structured now, people do not get a penny for the first five weeks, unless they take out a loan from the Government. That loan puts them into debt from the moment they start on universal credit. Will the Prime Minister please, please look at taking away that five-week problem?