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Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: First Payments (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: Universal credit payment timeliness continues to improve and is near a record high, with the most recent data showing we paid 83% of new claims in full and on time.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: First Payments (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: It is important to recognise the help to claim—I think it is £39 million of support—that has been given through the citizens advice bureaux to try to help people who may not always be there with the paperwork that is required, so we are making best efforts so that people can make the right claims so they can be paid on time. As regards other elements, of course the advance is available,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: First Payments (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: The hon. Lady was at our first taskforce, and I am sure she will be impressed with the work that we have already been doing together, including the jobs fair that happened last Thursday. It is important, and we have seen this with Thomas Cook ex-employees, that they make a universal credit claim—some of them have —quickly so they can get the support that they need. I welcome, actually,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: First Payments (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: There is an extra £600 million of support going to the most vulnerable. I really do want to encourage the Opposition to withdraw their early-day motion, because if they succeed in praying against this, they are hitting the most vulnerable people, and I am sure that is not something that they wish to be remembered for.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Spending Round 2019 (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: The Department’s resource budget will increase by 1.9% ahead of inflation for the first time since 2011, enabling us to provide excellent customer service, help people move into and progress in work, and provide financial security through timely benefit payments. As part of this, the DWP has been allocated £106 million to support vulnerable people and help to tackle private rented sector...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Spending Round 2019 (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the Government have lifted 400,000 people out of absolute poverty since 2010 and that income inequality has fallen. I encourage the hon. Gentleman to go back to the Scottish Government and see what more they are doing to increase the number of higher paid jobs, because we all know that the best way out of poverty is to work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Spending Round 2019 (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: I have just laid out that we increased the amount of money for discretionary housing payments. I have spoken to Shirley-Anne Somerville, the Scottish Minister, and it is my intention to see her soon, but the hon. Lady knows there are things the Scottish Government can do with the funding they have.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: It is a pleasure to be in the Chamber as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, leading a fantastic Department that serves people from the Shetlands to the Scilly Isles, with more than 20 million customers across the country. In my short time in this role, I have already witnessed at first hand the inspiring and incredible work of civil servants throughout the country, and they are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: The High Court set out quite clearly that successive Governments had taken a measured approach in recognising the inequality in the state pension age and the need to increase the state pension age. Indeed, it was the Pensions Act 2007 that started the trigger going beyond 65. It is important to recognise that and the efforts made to communicate it, but can I assure the House that, as the hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: My hon. Friend is right to praise the people who work for the DWP in his constituency. We have more than 4,000 civil servants in service centres nationally and we constantly monitor the volume of work as universal credit grows, but I assure him that sufficient resources will be in place to support those workers in his constituency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: That was about four questions in one. I would be delighted to meet my hon. Friend and the hon. Member for Swansea East (Carolyn Harris) in due course.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: Such decisions need to be made fairly soon, and I am conscious of the analysis presented to me and the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my hon. Friend the Member for Colchester (Will Quince), as we make decisions on that matter.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: That is simply not the case. The first time that I became involved with a food bank was in 2006, when people were falling between the gaps. One of the things that make me proudest of the Conservative Government and the coalition is that people are better off in work than out of it unless they cannot work, and we have championed the vulnerable. Universal credit is ensuring that people can have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: The right hon. Gentleman will know that we are still in the middle of a negotiation for how we leave the European Union at the end of the month. It is important to stress that we have decided on a three-year rise unilaterally. We encourage other European Union countries to do exactly the same and we will continue to support those who have relied on UK pensions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (7 Oct 2019)

Therese Coffey: I refer the hon. Lady to the judgment that the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman), has already raised. She might also wish to speak to her party leader, because she joined me in the Division Lobby when we made the changes that we did in the Pensions Act 2011. [Interruption.] Or rather, at least that the coalition Government...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Work and Pensions: Labour Market Update (30 Sep 2019)

Therese Coffey: Latest data released in September shows UK employment has increased by 3.7 million since 2010. Around three-quarters of that increase in employment has come from full-time, permanent and higher skilled roles. Youth unemployment has also halved since 2010, meaning more young people are in work and the number of children growing up in in workless households is at an all-time low. It is...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Public Footpaths: Repairs and Maintenance (6 Sep 2019)

Therese Coffey: The Government does not collect the data of what has been spent by local highway authorities which are responsible for maintenance of other public rights of way. The Government funded spending on National Trails maintenance was £1.81m in 2018/19.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Air Pollution (6 Sep 2019)

Therese Coffey: We will share more detail on policy measures for consideration in the Environment Bill in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Plastics: Waste (6 Sep 2019)

Therese Coffey: Local authorities do not report waste sent to landfill by material type and therefore the Government does not hold this data.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Health Services: Weather (6 Sep 2019)

Therese Coffey: Yes. On 27 June a new good practice guidance document was published to help local authorities strengthen preparedness to climate change risks: www.adeptnet.org.uk/climategpg.


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