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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. In addition to my duties in this House, I shall have further such meetings later today.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: The hon. Gentleman is right about the importance that we should attach to mental health. Giving that parity of esteem is an important step that this Government have taken, but we are also doing much more on mental health. In fact, more money overall is going into mental health. More people are able to access NHS talking therapies and receive treatment for their mental ill health, but we also...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: My hon. Friend raises an important point. He is right that we need to build a bridge from our existing partnership to our future partnership to allow time for practical adjustments to be made. That is exactly what we are doing when we talk about the implementation period, which I set out in my speech in Florence, together with our vision for our future partnership. I am sure that my hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: Of course we offer our condolences to Rodney Bickerstaffe’s friends and family on his death. He and I would probably never have agreed on very much in politics, but obviously he played his role with commitment and dedication through his life. The right hon. Gentleman asks about universal credit. It is perhaps worth our recognising why we brought in universal credit in the first place....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: As I have explained, we have very good reasons for changing the system. Yes, the DWP has been—[Interruption.] We have been listening to concerns raised about the way in which universal credit has operated. Changes have been made; performance has improved, for example. At the beginning of this year, only 55% of people were getting their first payment on time. Now that is more than 80%....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: In fact, research shows that after four months the number of people on universal credit in rent arrears had fallen by a third. As I said in my previous answer to the right hon. Gentleman, of course we recognise that there have been some issues to address in the rolling out of this benefit, and that is why we have been taking our time doing it. The underlying reason for moving to universal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: First, may I say to the right hon. Gentleman that I would be happy to look at the case of Georgina if he would like to send me those details? As I have just said—once again, I referred to this in my previous answer, had the right hon. Gentleman listened to it—it is possible for those who are in need to get advance payments. The number of those getting advance payments has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: Under the Labour Government, the number of households in which no member had ever worked nearly doubled. The welfare bill went up by 60% in real terms, which cost every household an extra £3,000 a year. That is not the way to run a system; that is the way to have a system that is failing ordinary working people.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: I have made it very clear that we continue to look at how we are dealing with this and ensuring that we get this system out in a way that is actually working for people. The performance is increasing, and it is working because more people are getting into work on universal credit than were doing so on jobseeker’s allowance. [Interruption.] I do want people to be able to find work. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: Let me tell the right hon. Gentleman what the record of this Government is: the deficit is down by more than two thirds; 3 million more people are in jobs; 1.8 million more children are in good or outstanding schools; more people are visiting A&E; more people are getting operations than ever before; there are record levels of funding into the NHS; and there are record levels of funding...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: What did we hear from Labour’s conference? What happened at Labour’s conference? First, Shelter said that the Labour party’s housing policy would end up harming people on low incomes; Labour’s flagship Haringey Council rejected another of Labour’s policies; the Equality and Human Rights Commission said that Labour “needs to…establish that it is not a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: My hon. Friend makes the important point about the fundamental benefits of universal credit, but she is of course right, and that is why the DWP is continuing to look at the performance of universal credit and how it is operating. I am happy to meet her to look into the issue. She mentioned the advance payments; as she said, it is important that those who need those payments are aware of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: There is no second referendum. The people of the United Kingdom voted and we will be leaving the European Union in March 2019.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: Now is the time for the SNP leadership to accept that, to save jobs in Scotland, it needs Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: My hon. Friend is absolutely right: this is obviously a very worrying time for workers at BAE Systems, including those at Warton in his constituency. He raises two issues. I can reassure him that the Department for Work and Pensions will ensure that people have all the support they need to look for new jobs. That will include the rapid response service, which will help with CVs, training and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: The hon. Gentleman is referring to our announcement that we are putting £2 billion extra into our successful affordable housing programme, bringing it to more than £9 billion, which is dedicated entirely to creating affordable homes. For every pound the Government put in, housing associations raise a further £6, which means that thousands more families get the homes that they...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: My hon. Friend raises a very sensitive issue. As he will be aware, health is a devolved matter in Wales. The NHS in England has strict guidelines regarding the prescriptions of these sorts of medications to young people. They can be prescribed only with the agreement of a specialist team after a careful assessment of the individual, and generally only to patients who are 15 or older. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: First, let me re-emphasise—I have said this before in this House—that we value the contribution that EU citizens have made in this country and we want them to stay. That is why we made citizens’ rights one of the key issues, and one of the early issues that is being discussed in the negotiations that are currently taking place. We are working to ensure that we get a good...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: I am happy to give my right hon. Friend that confirmation. We are preparing for every eventuality. We are committing money to prepare for Brexit, including a no-deal scenario. It might be helpful if I update the House. The Treasury has committed over £250 million of new money to Departments such as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Home Office, Her...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 Oct 2017)

Theresa May: The message that I would like the hon. Gentleman to take back to his constituent’s partner is that we offer our condolences at the death of her partner. We are working to ensure that there is greater consistency in the judgments that are originally given on PIP assessments. We introduced PIP in order to ensure that we are able to focus payments on the most vulnerable. I completely...


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