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Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: Will the Minister give way?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I have never doubted the motives of people on the other side of the House. As the Government have accepted the motion, will the Select Committee have the papers tomorrow?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: This Christmas, we hope.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: Mr Speaker, I will, if I may, come to talk to you about how soon we can get the documents. We have been promised the papers, not redacted papers.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: I disagree with my hon. Friend the Member for Reading East (Matt Rodda) because the Christmas story written by Dickens had a happy ending.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: Whatever has happened has happened. I welcome this motion, and I will seek Mr Speaker’s advice, because I shall keep the story going in doing so.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: I am amazed because, for the first time, I have been able to report publicly the events I described without weeping. I am so affected by them—I am as affected as my hon. Friend. That is the debate that we are really having: how do we represent here the desperation of many of our constituents when many of us feel that we cannot offer them hope? I fear that that may not have helped my...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: I want to make three points. First, universal credit is not being introduced in isolation; it follows so-called welfare reforms that were made under the Labour Government, the coalition Government and this Government. The cumulative impact for many of my constituents has been destitution. We have made decisions in this House to pay for pensioner households rather than ordinary families. I...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: That is why I will seek the Speaker’s advice. It may partly be why Members on the Treasury Bench have accepted the motion: because it now shifts all the pressure from them to the Select Committee. As I said, we are thankfully not made up of Trappist monks and monkesses. We are all very active members of the Committee. I will make my last and perhaps most important point. The Government...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Frank Field: The Secretary of State has hit on a very important distinction between the motion that we are debating today and the one about Brexit documents. That motion said that the documents should be made available to the Brexit Committee and then laid before the House. Today’s motion does not say that; it says that the reports should be given to the Work and Pension Committee. We are not a...

Universal Credit (23 Nov 2017)

Frank Field: Will the Secretary of State please commit now to bringing forward the loans scheme and keeping open the jobcentres and helplines due to be closed for eight out of 10 days over Christmas, to prevent any of my constituents from going hungry? May I also congratulate him on applying the financial armlock he learned in the Treasury to his then boss to such good effect?

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Frank Field: Everybody who has spoken on both sides of the House has called on the Government to move and to change their approach. Instead of inviting us to attend to our jobcentres, I will be writing to the Secretary of State and the Minister of State to invite them to come with me and my colleagues to the six worst blackspots in terms of how universal credit is affecting people’s lives, and to do...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Frank Field: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I wish to seek your advice. How might I ask the Secretary of State to come before the House on Monday to respond to the unanimous recommendation we have made to the Government to begin the reform of universal credit, so that some of our constituents might have slightly better Christmases than they would otherwise?

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Frank Field: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. The Minister of State, bless him—[Laughter.] No, seriously, because he is an incredibly good guy. He made his speech before we had made a collective decision. We are in a new position now. The whole House has unanimously asked the Government to move, and that is what I want the Secretary of State to address on Monday.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Frank Field: It’s immoral.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Frank Field: I beg to move, That this House notes the First Report of the Work and Pensions Committee, Session 2017-19, Universal Credit: the six week wait, HC 336; and calls on the Government to reduce the standard initial wait for a first Universal Credit payment to one month. Some of us would not wish to use “roll-out” as an appropriate name for what is happening to universal credit in our...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Frank Field: I could not agree more, although I have been here a little longer than the right hon. Lady and I never thought that as an MP I would be speaking like this, about this, with my job being adapted in this way. Of course we have had summits, and we are continuing to have them, bringing all the people together, including Jobcentre Plus, to try to prevent these things from happening. Despite those...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Frank Field: I could not agree more. We will come on to discuss, briefly, I hope, the reforms we want and will push for. I will certainly do that, as perhaps others will. We will review these things in our Select Committee. We must base this on evidence, but the evidence is mounting up.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Frank Field: Both those statements made by my hon. Friends from east London and Hove, on the coast, are true, and I am sure they will try to catch your eye, Madam Deputy Speaker. I move on to the theme of organised chaos. Even if we are working with CABs, every Tom, Dick and Harry organisation seems now to be embedded in the system. Jobcentre officials say that even when the system is up and running, as...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Frank Field: I am anxious that everybody gets in, so may I move on? I have real affection for people who have fought the battle hard on this, but I wish to pursue the matter. Four constituents of mine have had their claims closed down, with the only too imaginable consequences of what it has meant for their lives. The landlord of one of them has said, “I do not want to evict the tenant, however I...


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