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Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: We have had a very good debate this afternoon, with fully 75 speeches—passionate, thoughtful and insightful—from Members on both sides of the House. I regret that in the time available I simply cannot respond to all the points made. I will cover as much of the material as possible, but I ask for colleagues’ forbearance in terms of interventions. The debate may end at 7 pm...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: I am terribly sorry, particularly to the right hon. Gentleman of all people, but I have less than nine minutes—

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Okay.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Of course I gave way to the right hon. Gentleman, who is the Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee. To respond to his question, of course we do not expect that to happen. What universal credit does is make it more straightforward for people to go into work at all times of the year. Fundamentally, we are not looking at a great acceleration in the roll-out. I will be happy to follow up with...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: I am sorry, but I cannot. Our latest data show that about 80% of new claims were paid in full and on time, and over 90% of people receive some payment at the due date. Among all claims, 92% are paid in full and 96% are getting some payment by the due date. Advances are available, paid within five working days and, in an emergency, on the same day. They are paid back over six to nine months....

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

Damian Hinds: We have already made the taper rate more generous by reducing it from 65% to 63% in April this year, which means that recipients can keep more of every pound they earn.

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

Damian Hinds: This all has to be seen in the context of our reducing the benefit withdrawal rates and making it more attractive to go into work. Of course I understand the attraction of reducing the taper rate, which is why we have done it, but there is also always a trade-off with costs; reducing the rate from 65% to 63%, as we have done, carries a cost—an investment in the system of £1.8 billion.

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

Damian Hinds: In days of yore, such big changes used to be done via a big Gantt chart on the wall and then one day things going live. That is not how universal credit has been designed or rolled out; it is a very gradual process and has been being rolled out since 2013. The full service is now in more than 100 jobcentres, and we continue to update, evolve and improve it at every turn.

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

Damian Hinds: Although most people these days are paid monthly, quite a lot of people are still paid weekly. When people move into a new job, they could then be getting paid weekly or monthly. There are two important things to mention here: advances, which have been extensively discussed during today’s questions, and the personal budgeting supports we offer to people to help them deal with changes in...

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

Damian Hinds: It would be wrong to pause the roll-out, because that would mean fewer people would have the benefit of universal credit, more people would be stuck on 16-hour jobs and fewer people would be able to claim the higher rate of childcare reimbursement. Universal credit is working; we know that people are getting into work quicker and that, once they are there, they can see clearly that working...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Comparative Unemployment Rates (9 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: The UK has the joint fourth lowest unemployment rate in the European Union. At 4.3%, UK unemployment is the lowest in 42 years. It is 3.3 percentage points below the EU 28 average and half that of the euro area.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Comparative Unemployment Rates (9 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Universal credit is an absolutely integral part of our overall approach to employment. It not only simplifies the system but makes it easier for people to go into work, because they do not have to think about whether subsequently they might have to restart their benefit claim. Once people are in work, it means that they can make progress more easily because there are none of the cliff edges...

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

Damian Hinds: Outreach is a vital front-facing service to claimants across a whole range of employability and related services. Of course it needs to be tailored to the needs of each area. The DWP is looking at partnerships with organisations in my hon. Friend’s constituency, including with the local authority. Throughout the course of that, we will be working with his constituents, and we will be...

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

Damian Hinds: I return to what I said earlier: with universal credit, we are improving the incentives to work. This has to be seen in the context of the previous system, where far more people would face considerably higher marginal withdrawal rates. This important reform means that people can always see that they are better off going into work and, once there, they can see that they are better off always...

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

Damian Hinds: We had an estate that was underutilised. As the Secretary of State said, coming to the end of the large contract that covered very much of the estate, there was an opportunity—indeed, a requirement—to review all our needs to ensure that we had the best possible estate for the future. We had clear criteria for determining which of those sites should be open to public consultation....

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

Damian Hinds: When one compares rates of poverty with those before the change of Government in 2010, none of the four main measures has worsened and, in fact, three have improved.

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

Damian Hinds: I had the pleasure of visiting Wolverhampton just last week and had the opportunity to speak to my colleagues in jobcentres in the area about youth unemployment. Of course, the figure for young people who have left full-time education and are unemployed has dropped below 5% for the first time since that data series began. As we know about the scarring effect of any period out of work for a...

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Damian Hinds: It is a delight to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes. I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) on securing the debate. He and others will be aware that this subject has already been debated extensively in Parliament. There has been an Opposition day debate, a Westminster Hall debate, an Adjournment debate and a Back-Bench business debate. There was another...

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Damian Hinds: I am sorry, I will not. The hon. Lady will have to forgive me, but I want to answer as many questions as possible. To give some context, the DWP occupies about 1.5 million square metres of office space, but the way it operates is significantly different from 20 years ago, meaning that at least 20% of that space is under-occupied. The falling claimant count and the increased use of online...

Jobcentres and the DWP Estate — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (20 Jul 2017)

Damian Hinds: I was trying to leave the hon. Gentleman a minute at the end, but he may go ahead.


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