Results 1–20 of 2289 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Justin Tomlinson

Department for Work and Pensions: Members’ Representations (16 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I pay genuine tribute to the hon. Member for Edmonton (Kate Osamor); although obviously I do not agree with all the points she made, it is clear from her time as an MP and formerly as a councillor, and from the issues she raised in her speech, that she is a passionate campaigner on the subject, particularly for vulnerable...

Department for Work and Pensions: Members’ Representations (16 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: As the hon. Lady said, that is to do with change of circumstances. The transitional arrangements were put in place for those who were transferring as part of natural migration, and we have, rightly, confirmed that that number will be ring-fenced to just 10,000 this year, so we can have a real deep dive to look at the levels of support that are needed. I will come back to that in a moment. On...

Department for Work and Pensions: Members’ Representations (16 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: Actually, if somebody is in particular hardship, they can get access to money within a couple of hours, so that is an option. I am not sure how well that has been communicated, but that rule is in place for those who genuinely need it. We should continue to work with stakeholders. I am very receptive to meeting stakeholders. Throughout the week I meet different groups that will often come and...

Department for Work and Pensions: Members’ Representations (16 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: Apologies.

Department for Work and Pensions: Members’ Representations (16 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: I am sorry that the hon. Lady was not a councillor. I was a councillor before, and I enjoyed it very much. I am sorry that she missed out on that opportunity. I did not pass judgment on the visit—I just said that it would be good if she could make that visit. As a Back-Bench Member, I personally benefited from such a visit. I brought in a national helpline on personal independence payments...

Delegated Legislation: UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (7 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: I pay tribute to the hon. Member for South Shields (Mrs Lewell-Buck), who has done a huge amount of work in this area over a number of years. She brings a huge amount of experience to many of the points she has raised. This report covers not only the Department for Work and Pensions but the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Treasury and the Department for Exiting the...

Delegated Legislation: UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (7 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: I will give way. I will not take too many interventions because I have a lot to cover.

Delegated Legislation: UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (7 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: What I am saying is that we will consider the report seriously. We obviously do not agree with all the points, but Professor Alston has highlighted some important views and opinions to which we should rightly be looking to respond. One challenge I make to Professor Alston ahead of his final report is that, at two of the visits, the visits to Newcastle and Clacton, he had the opportunity to...

Delegated Legislation: UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (7 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I am coming on to those. UC dealt with the fact that, for some, there was in effect a 90% tax rate. The well-documented 16, 24 and 30-hour cliff edges were significant barriers for people. It was so confusing and complex that £2.4 billion-worth, we believe, of claims went untaken each year across 700,000 claimants, who were some of the most...

Delegated Legislation: UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (7 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: Let me make a bit of progress and I will give way if I have time. The hon. Member for South Shields has raised some important questions and I want to try to cover as many as I can in the limited time. If I can, I will come back to the hon. Lady. There have already been much needed improvements, partly through the additional £4.5 billion cash boost that has been secured in recent Budgets....

Delegated Legislation: UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (7 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: The hon. Lady has just used one of the statistics. There is cross-party work on looking at alternatives. We are very interested to see if there is a way we can find statistics that we can all agree on. I think that is one area on which we do all agree. The richest fifth are £800 less well-off under this Government. We are rightly targeting support at those who are most in need. Household...

Delegated Legislation: UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (7 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: The hon. Member is shaking her head. I do not understand why anybody would not want to do everything within their power to identify vulnerable people in society and give them the support we want to give to them. The very heart of the question raised by the hon. Member for South Shields is: is there a will from the Government? There absolutely is—from me and right through the Government. We...

Delegated Legislation: UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (7 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: That is why it is absolutely right that we have targeted support at the poorest in society, so the poorest fifth are now £400 better off in real terms than they were under the Labour Government. We will continue to do that work. By prioritising sound financial management and a strong, growing economy, we have been able to deliver record employment in every region of the country. Wages are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Childcare Costs (7 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: Universal credit supports working parents with childcare costs, regardless of the number of hours they work. This provides an important financial incentive to those taking their first steps into paid employment. People can recover up to 85% of their eligible childcare costs on universal credit, compared to 70% on the legacy system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Childcare Costs (7 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: I know that the hon. Lady has worked tirelessly on this issue. The Government recognise its importance, which is why we have increased our financial support by nearly 50% since 2010. We are making improvements specifically in relation to payment in arrears, improving communication and ensuring that the Flexible Support Fund is better known and better used to help those who would otherwise...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Childcare Costs (7 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: I am very sorry to hear about that case. The hon. Lady’s constituent should have had access to an advance payment, and if she was down to her last £10, it should have been made on that day. If the hon. Lady will write to me with all the details, we will look at that specific case to see what went wrong.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Childcare Costs (7 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: This matter relates mostly to domestic abuse. I have been doing a huge amount of work with Women’s Aid, Refuge and ManKind to increase awareness that split payments are available in those circumstances, and to ensure that more work is done to identify, refer and support such claimants.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Household Incomes (7 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: Universal credit spends £2 billion more than the system it replaces. It simplifies the old system and makes work pay. It is already transforming lives across the country.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Household Incomes (7 Jan 2019)

Justin Tomlinson: I think we all recognise that we need better-quality statistics. Various groups are working on alternatives, and the Government will take those seriously. As has been mentioned, there are 300,000 fewer children in absolute poverty. On the specific issue of food insecurity, in the past five years alone it has almost halved to 5.4%, which is 2.5% lower than the EU average.


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