Results 21–40 of 12135 for speaker:David Gauke

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Food Poverty (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: Universal credit gives people a better opportunity to work, and it gives parents, including single parents, greater support with childcare. I come back to the example I gave the House a moment ago. Someone who had previously been on income support and unable to get help with childcare can now get that help and get on to the employment ladder, thanks to universal credit. That is what universal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Food Poverty (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: May I just point out that child poverty is down since 2010? I think the hon. Lady has rather given the game away: she does not want to pause and fix universal credit; she wants to scrap it. She wants to rewind to a system under which claimants faced marginal deduction rates of over 90% and had to cope with a multitude of benefits. We had a benefits system that was not an aid but an impediment...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: Advances are available at the start of a universal credit claim to ensure that those who need it have money to tide them over until their first payment. Our data shows that around half of claimants are receiving advances, and we have recently undertaken an exercise to improve awareness and access to this support.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: In total, it is estimated that universal credit will help around 250,000 more people into employment. On average, that works out at around 400 extra people in work in each parliamentary constituency, but universal credit will, of course, have larger impacts in areas with a higher proportion of benefit claimants or a higher prevalence of single-parent and out-of-work families.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: We are improving the advances system, and we are improving awareness of it. Importantly, support is available, and that is a message that we can all take to our constituents. Nobody needs to wait six weeks because advances are available within jobcentres, and they are being taken up. The majority of new claimants are taking up those advances.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: I entirely agree with the point my hon. Friend makes. It is worth pointing out that, in the normal course of events, someone’s advance takes about three days to go through the banking system and for the money to be paid, but that, if need be, people can get support on the same day.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Job Creation (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: Since 2010, more than 3 million more people have found employment. The employment rate is close to the record high, while the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since 1975.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Job Creation (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: I agree with my hon. Friend on that. It is right that service providers have a duty to anticipate these things and provide adjustments, where reasonable, for disabled people. In the case of her constituent, this may include arranging events at an accessible venue. It is also worth pointing out that one in five of those taking up the new enterprise allowance, which is designed to help people...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Job Creation (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: Of course the highest earning 1% pay a bigger proportion of income tax than they ever have done before. I am also pleased to say that our Government have substantially increased the personal allowance; we have introduced the national living wage; and the support that universal credit is going to provide will help more and more people progress in work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Benefits System: Working Hours (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: Universal credit is transforming and modernising the welfare state, ending complicated rules around employment hours and the cliff edges of the old system. Universal credit has a clear system of allowances and tapers to ensure that claimants know that they are always better off in work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Benefits System: Working Hours (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right, and it was about not only the high marginal deduction rates, which obviously we do not see with universal credit, but the fact that people who moved in and out of work, or whose hours fluctuated, could find themselves moving from one benefit system to another. That created additional hassle and uncertainty for claimants, and discouraged people from...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: This Department’s mission is to support people through all stages of their lives. Universal credit is being introduced slowly, and it is steadily and positively transforming people’s prospects by bringing about the satisfaction and financial security of entering work and increasing earnings. We are also helping citizens to prepare for later life with our work on pensions, and we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: As my ministerial colleagues have already said, we must recognise that a number of the statistics that have been quoted show that rent arrears have arisen before people have entered into universal credit, and that after time the numbers in rent arrears starts to fall. We continue to improve the system to ensure that payment timeliness is improved, for example, and that people are able to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: I agree. May I give one example? Speaking from the Dispatch Box opposite recently, the Leader of the Opposition said: “Gloucester City Homes has evicted one in eight of…its tenants because of universal credit.”—[Official Report, 11 October 2017; Vol. 629, c. 324.] If that were true, it would amount to 650 tenants being evicted due to universal credit. Gloucester City...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: I will look at the facts of the case, but I cannot make a blanket commitment, because one obviously has to look at the particular circumstances. Of course, we recognise and support our veterans at every opportunity.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: I am happy to convey my hon. Friend’s concerns.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: Universal credit will help to transform lives positively. It is already doing so by giving people the opportunity to work and to progress in work. The Scottish National party can join the Labour party in being on the wrong side of the argument, but history will not forgive it for that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: We sometimes hear enough fake news in this Chamber, but it is disappointing to see the former leader of the SNP employed by a purveyor of fake news, even if we welcome employment opportunities in the round.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for his question, and I have no doubt there will continue to be debates on this matter. However, as the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman), has declared, we are not going deviate from the policy we have set out.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Nov 2017)

David Gauke: Again, I come back to this throwing around of accusations. We had the Leader of the Opposition claiming that 650 people had been evicted because of universal credit. We are not seeing evictions in the social rented sector and there are clear reasons why that does not happen. What we are getting for potential universal credit claimants from the Labour party is scaremongering, which is...


<< < 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 > >>

Create an alert

Did you find what you were looking for?

Advanced search

Find this exact word or phrase

You can also do this from the main search box by putting exact words in quotes: like "cycling" or "hutton report"

By default, we show words related to your search term, like “cycle” and “cycles” in a search for cycling. Putting the word in quotes, like "cycling", will stop this.

Excluding these words

You can also do this from the main search box by putting a minus sign before words you don’t want: like hunting -fox

We also support a bunch of boolean search modifiers, like AND and NEAR, for precise searching.

Date range

to

You can give a start date, an end date, or both to restrict results to a particular date range. A missing end date implies the current date, and a missing start date implies the oldest date we have in the system. Dates can be entered in any format you wish, e.g. 3rd March 2007 or 17/10/1989

Person

Enter a name here to restrict results to contributions only by that person.

Section

Restrict results to a particular parliament or assembly that we cover (e.g. the Scottish Parliament), or a particular type of data within an institution, such as Commons Written Answers.

Column

If you know the actual Hansard column number of the information you are interested in (perhaps you’re looking up a paper reference), you can restrict results to that; you can also use column:123 in the main search box.