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Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: What a great pleasure it is to see you once again in the Chair in Westminster Hall, Mrs Moon. I congratulate my constituency neighbour, my hon. Friend the Member for Chichester (Gillian Keegan), on bringing this important debate to Westminster Hall. I know how important youth employment is to her, and it is important for us to have opportunities to debate it. We are all grateful to her. That...

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: That is something we are constantly engaged with, and Members of Parliament can play an important role. More and more companies are doing such things. With employment at its current level, and unemployment at its lowest level since 1975—some people in this room were not born the last time unemployment was lower than it is now. It is a competitive market for talent, and more and more...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: Universal credit is being introduced at a time when record numbers of people are in work and unemployment is at its lowest for 40 years. It is a vital reform, replacing the outdated and complex benefits system of the past, which too often stifled people’s potential, as my hon. Friends the Members for Rochester and Strood (Kelly Tolhurst) and for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: I cannot. My hon. Friend the Member for Stirling (Stephen Kerr) asked about home visits, and I can confirm that the DWP makes around 300,000 home visits a year, most of which are completed within 10 days. I want to turn specifically to the comments of the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field), who made a passionate, powerful, emotive speech. Nobody here could fail to have been...

Petition - Chicken Farm, Rushden, Northamptonshire: Universal Credit Sanctions (4 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: Time is a little short, but I will seek to address as much of what the hon. Member for Oldham West and Royton (Jim McMahon) raised as possible. I congratulate him on securing this important debate. I will start by going over some of the principles of why we have conditionality and of how the system we have specifically designed in universal credit supports claimants in meeting...

Petition - Chicken Farm, Rushden, Northamptonshire: Universal Credit Sanctions (4 Dec 2017)

Damian Hinds: The claimant commitment is agreed between the claimant and the work coach, and it is based on the claimant’s particular circumstances. So where a mother is taking young children to school and back, the time she would have available to work and for work search would be restricted by that. Where someone has caring responsibilities for a spouse, parent or disabled child, that will also...

State Pension Age: Women: Universal Credit: Terminally Ill People (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Hinds: I congratulate the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Drew Hendry) on securing a debate on this important matter. These are, of course, extremely difficult situations, and we in turn must always be careful to treat them with the highest level of sensitivity. I will begin by setting out the recently announced changes to universal credit, which of course apply to all...

State Pension Age: Women: Universal Credit: Terminally Ill People (29 Nov 2017)

Damian Hinds: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will allow me to continue. As we roll out universal credit, we are absolutely committed to ensuring that terminally ill patients are treated with the utmost sensitivity and care, and receive the support they need to make a UC claim. It might be helpful if I briefly set out to the House how the claim process works in the pre-existing system—the legacy benefit...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Damian Hinds: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field) on securing this important debate today and also thank Members from across the House for such a good and constructive debate. Unfortunately, my time is now extremely short, but I will try to respond to as many points as I can. In particular, I wish to mention the absolutely outstanding maiden speech from my hon. Friend the...

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

Damian Hinds: The answer is about half. We are working to further improve awareness and access to this support.

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

Damian Hinds: I do. My hon. Friend knows, and the Labour party should acknowledge, that no one need go without money while they wait for their first regular payment. Labour should not try to put people off accessing the support that is there for them.

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

Damian Hinds: Our record on the timeliness of universal credit payments has improved markedly and, as the hon. Lady knows, advances are also available. I should also say that in the run-up to Christmas, when many temporary work opportunities are available, universal credit works much better for people, because they are able to access those opportunities, particularly on the verge of the festive season.

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

Damian Hinds: We know that people on universal credit spend a great deal more time looking for work than others, and that they apply for a wider range of jobs and consider jobs that they may not have considered before. All that is part of why it involves significantly better labour market outcomes, and why people are more likely to be in work after six months than they were on the old benefits.

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

Damian Hinds: We are rolling out universal credit full service in a very measured way. I am not aware of any recent cases of claims being lost, but if the right hon. Gentleman knows of such incidents, I of course very much welcome him bringing these to my attention.

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

Damian Hinds: The CPAG report to which the right hon. Gentleman refers says in its summary that many claims seem to have disappeared, but the text refers to a small number, and then goes on to mention just one case. That is not to say that I ignore this matter or belittle it in any way—of course, I take what he says very seriously. He has my absolute assurance that I will pay attention to any glitches.

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

Damian Hinds: We have a comprehensive network of jobcentres across the United Kingdom. There are more in Scotland than in England, and more in Glasgow than in other cities. Universal credit is a system that works to help and support people to get into work—it is the right system.

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

Damian Hinds: On the contrary, universal credit specifically responds each month to what a person’s earnings have been in that month. That is at the heart of its design. We want to help people in self-employment to grow their earnings and to ensure that they have sustainable remunerative work, so we have introduced a programme within the new enterprise allowance to help people to do just that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Jobcentre Closures (25 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: Most jobcentres are staying put. We are merging some into neighbouring offices to create bigger, multi-skilled teams, moving them into better buildings, or placing them into shared local authority space, all of which can lead to better customer service.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Jobcentre Closures (25 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: I can confirm that Glasgow will continue to have a considerably higher concentration of jobcentres not only than the large cities in England but compared with most other large cities in Scotland. We have redesigned the estate to make sure that we can provide well for our client base, but from bigger jobcentres. There are a number of things we can do from larger jobcentres to help unemployed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Jobcentre Closures (25 Oct 2017)

Damian Hinds: We expect people who are not in work to have the working week effectively available for their job-search activities, including visiting the jobcentre and, of course, applying for jobs. As I think the hon. Lady already knows, the rate of sanctions is down significantly. The vast majority of people do not get sanctioned every month, and we run a policy of having a reasonable approach. If people...


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