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Social Security (Payments on Account of Benefit) Regulations 2013 — Motion to Approve

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 10:30 pm on 13th February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Freud Lord Freud The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 10:30 pm, 13th February 2013

I can see that I am in the presence of experts-in an observatory context-on how people manipulate any system at all. I shall take away your thoughts, as always, about the fact that some gamesmanship may be going on.

It is getting very late so I shall wrap up. When you look at local authority provision, there are clearly opportunities. It is for each local authority to consider its own local circumstances. We are in the process of getting information about the details of those schemes, which will perhaps provide goods or services and some will provide cash. Then we shall be able to report back at the appropriate time when we have some more information.

I hope I have dealt with the questions. Clearly there will be teething problems, as there is with anything new, but we will monitor this very closely as part of our evaluation programme, and that will cover the introduction of universal credit. In addition, the intention is to review specifically universal credit advances and budgeting advances in 2017. Short-term advances for those on legacy benefits will also be monitored and evaluated. I commend the regulations to the House.

Motion agreed.