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Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: I have given way numerous times. I am conscious that, as the shadow Secretary of State repeatedly said, 90 speakers want to get into this debate, and I have spoken for nearly half an hour, which is more, I am sure, than the House can endure. We are under no illusion but that we must continue to work together to resolve issues as they arise and ensure a successful roll-out. I want to improve...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: First, we have never had a premium line; it is the same sort of system that one of the hon. Gentleman’s constituents would find if he called him and booked into a constituency surgery. It has never been a premium line, but we are changing it. On the average waiting times, I think that in September it was five minutes and 40 seconds. As for his particular proposal, let me take that away....

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, but to be fair to the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull East (Karl Turner), I think that he wants to extend the helpline that we have or offer a similar service to advisers. As I say, I will look at that, but very often advisers need to contact the local jobcentre.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

David Gauke: I have spoken for a long time and I want to push on. The approach that we are taking is to test, to learn and to improve, because we are delivering a really important and fundamental change, moving towards a more dynamic system that is already improving lives and has huge potential to do more. Let me say something about the approach we have heard from Labour Members. We have adopted, I...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (18 Oct 2017)

Work and Pensions: Universal Credit rollout. 9:30 am; Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Rt Hon David Gauke MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Department for Work and Pensions Neil Couling CBE, Director, Universal Credit Programme, Department for Work and Pensions

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

David Gauke: The roll-out of universal credit is proceeding to plan, gradually and sensibly. People are moving into work faster and staying in work for longer. The most recent phase of expansion will only take the proportion of the forecast claimant population receiving universal credit from 8% currently to 10% by the end of January.

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

David Gauke: Let me be clear: as I touched on earlier, the evidence so far shows that those who go on to universal credit are more likely to be working six months later than they would be had they been on the legacy benefits, and they are also more likely to be progressing in work. That is really important, and it is not something that I want to deny people. I believe that we should roll out something...

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

David Gauke: The system of advances is an integral part of the system. It has always been there, but we want to make that properly available. Nobody who needs support should have to wait six weeks before they receive any support. What we are doing is making it clear that people can receive an advance of their first month’s payment, which is then deducted over the next six-month period. That is...

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

David Gauke: The hon. Gentleman says that work does not pay. Let us be clear: universal credit always means that it is worth working an extra hour and worth taking a pay rise. It is always worth working more under universal credit, which was not the case with the legacy benefits. That is why the evidence is suggesting that people do work more and do work more hours than they do under the legacy systems.

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

David Gauke: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. It has been the consistent policy of this Government—including under my predecessors, such as my right hon. Friend—to ensure that we have a welfare system that puts work at the heart of it. That is one of the reasons why we have record levels of employment, as he so rightly says.

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

David Gauke: My hon. Friend is right to highlight that point. As I said last week, we are refreshing the guidance to DWP staff to ensure that people who need support—who will struggle to get through to the end of the assessment period without financial support—have access to that money quickly. Increasing the eligibility for advance payments is one of the best ways in which we can address some...

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

David Gauke: The level of advance payments of 50% is, we believe, the right balance between getting support to people early in the process—they can get it very quickly—and ensuring a reasonable level of deduction for that advance payment in subsequent months. Clearly, this is an issue that we will continue to look at, but 50% strikes the balance. I welcome my hon. Friend’s support for...

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....


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