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Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: Not at all. I come back to the point that universal credit is giving more people the opportunity to get into work and progress in work. The personalised support that is provided by jobcentres where universal credit has been rolled out is proving to be effective. To those people who call on me to stop the process, I say that once fully rolled out, universal credit is likely to mean that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: Universal credit is adding to what the Government have already been doing—ensuring that work is at the heart of welfare. That is why we have 3 million more jobs than we did in 2010. Welfare reform is part of the reason for that, and it is part of the reason why we will continue to press on with reforming the welfare state to encourage work and help people to progress in work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: It is important that people filling in forms receive the necessary support, but jobcentre staff provide that support. Voluntary organisations may be able to assist, but Jobcentre Plus staff are already giving the intensive support necessary to help people to complete the applications.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: Universal credit is about ensuring that our constituents are in a stronger financial position. That is what we are trying to deliver by enabling them to work and providing the support they need. As I said earlier, if we look at where we want to get to by 2022, 8% of claimants are already on universal credit and by January it will be 10%. The process is gradual and measured, and that is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: My hon. Friend makes a very good point. There is an obligation on social landlords, given the source of income through universal credit, to work constructively with tenants. If a tenant has a reasonable expectation of receiving housing costs as part of their universal credit payment but has not yet received them, the landlord should not take action and the tenant should not face risk of eviction.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: Let us be clear: no one needs to go six weeks without financial support when there is a system of advances in place. I make the point to all right hon. and hon. Members that if they are aware of constituents who have not received an advance, they can make it clear to them. Let us be realistic: the fact is that we are now moving towards a welfare system that does not put in place barriers to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: Payment in arrears has been in the design of universal credit since 2010, and was implemented by the coalition Government in 2014. Our latest data show that more than 80% of new claimants are being paid in full and on time, which is a significant improvement on the position earlier this year, and that more than 90% receive some payment before the end of their first assessment period.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: We are ensuring that sufficient resources are available in jobcentres. It is worth pointing out that we have made significant progress on universal credit timeliness this year—as I have mentioned, more than 80% of new claimants received their full payment on time, and more than 90% received part of their payment—and we expect to build on that positive trend. I am sure that my hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: What I would say—this is exactly the point I made earlier—is that I do not believe that anybody should be left without any support for six weeks when they do not have savings or an alternative source of income, which is why it is important that advances are available within the system. The majority of claimants now make use of advances. We need to ensure that that is properly...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: We must constantly learn from experience—this is about testing, learning and improving. We must ensure that awareness of the advances system is high, and clearly that has increased in recent months. My hon. Friend makes a point about jobcentre staff, and my experience of meeting such people up and down the country is that they are enthused by what universal credit can do for claimants...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: The timeliness of payments has improved since the figures that the hon. Lady cites were compiled, and we continue to improve it. As I have said, 90% of claimants receive some support within the six-week period. Advances are an important part of the system to ensure that people get the support they need. It is incumbent on all of us not to worry people that they will be left without any...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: We are very keen to ensure that the advances system means that people can access funds so that they do not have to visit food banks. In recent months we have seen an increased use of that system, because we have done more to publicise it, and I want to go further on that. I think that is an important part of a system that, when we step back and look at it, is ensuring that more people are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: We are delivering our promise to reform welfare provision in this country. Universal credit replaces the outdated and complex benefits system of the past, which too often stifled people’s potential. Universal credit is a flexible and personalised system that offers unprecedented support. It ensures that people are always better off in work, with payment gradually reducing as earnings...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: My hon. Friend makes a good point. DWP officials visit assessment centres to check them against accessibility standards. He flagged up concerns about the parking drop-off points at the Peterborough centre; following his raising of those concerns, improvements have been made.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: On jobcentres, the Department is sensibly making use of the fact that a contract has ended to make a number of improvements to the service provided. Yes, that does mean that some jobcentres will close, but it also means that the provision of services throughout the country will be done in a modernised and effective way. On employment, the fact is that more people are employed than ever...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: I visit jobcentres all the time and what I hear is that universal credit is providing a more personalised support that is helping to get more people into work and that it is an important reform. Those who stand in the way of it are failing to help the people who need support.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: The benefits freeze was a measure that this Government took to contribute to reducing the deficit. On the point about people having to wait 10 weeks before receiving universal credit, 80% get paid in full and on time after six weeks. The system of arrears is inherent in universal credit because the payment is based on how much a person has earned over the previous month. That has always been...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: Universal credit was rolled out in 29 job- centres in July. It is important that we continue to make progress in the roll-out. We are doing it gradually and sensibly, but we are moving towards a system that helps more people get into work. Of course we are constantly learning lessons and finding ways to improve things, but it is a system that is helping to deliver more people into work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for raising that point. We will certainly look at it and ensure that she has the opportunity to meet us to discuss it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: We obviously continue to engage with the voluntary sector. I know what the CAB was campaigning for, but it did welcome what I said last week about advances; indeed, I am meeting the CAB later this week to further discuss how we can work together to deliver a very important welfare reform.


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