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Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (18 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: On 15 March I provided the House with a statement setting out how the work my Department was undertaking to correct underpayments that occurred when converting Incapacity Benefit claims to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) between 2011 and 2014 was progressing. I wanted to take this opportunity to provide the House with a further update. In March I explained that my Department would...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: Members on both sides of the House have mentioned that, so I will answer my hon. Friend. I met the CAB the other day. In terms of what we are putting forward, I think what he is suggesting could be in my mind, too. We will be working on something that I can announce pretty shortly; we will be working together to help benefit claimants.

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: I know those words are heartfelt, and I accept that apology. It took a long time for people to come forward. I would have liked those on the Opposition Front Bench to have done so, because they represent the Labour party, and I know that such a thing is not at the heart of the Labour party. We started off with a ding-dong in the Chamber today. I do not necessarily think that we are at our...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: rose—

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: Again, I thank the right hon. Gentleman for saying that. I want to reassure him. I have not been in post that long to get to grips with absolutely everything on UC, but debt and how it is repaid is precisely what I am focusing on at the moment.

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: Madam Deputy Speaker, thank you for clearing that up—that we are discussing the Question as is on the Order Paper. We are introducing a new benefits system to assist people into work in this new technological era—a system that will support people so that they can become more economically secure and progress in life. We are introducing universal credit to remove the problems of the...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: I will not give way just yet, but I will in a moment. There used to be the 16-hour rule, which we all know about. That barrier was stopping people working more hours, and then they would have to go through the disruption of coming off benefit to start another benefit. People on employment and support allowance could be faced with a choice between financial support and work, although we know...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: I will give way, but I think we just need a moment to reflect. This is about getting people into work, and that is precisely what we are doing.

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: And this from the man who said there was no money left. But to be fair, he actually has some honour, because that was correct. Before we go any further—

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: Hang on, everybody. The comments that are being made today are the comments that we had to check for accuracy, which were sent out to scare people just before Christmas. An email from the Labour party on 6 December said that “40,000 children will wake up in poverty on Christmas Day”. It also sent out a video—checking the accuracy here—saying that “millions of...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: The answer is no, they will not be apologising. As it is about apologies today—and, as I said, I made my apology straight away—let us go back to another apology. I was hoping that the shadow Chancellor would be here today, because I was waiting for years for an apology for the lynching comment against me. Of course, we never got that apology. As the Opposition spokesperson knows...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: So that is twice we have not had an apology from the Opposition. I now move back to tax credits. Tax credits were introduced in 2003 with an error rate, I am told, of 10% to 14%. Some people call this Brown’s burden—or maybe it is just Labour’s burden. I offer this opportunity now: does anybody on the Opposition Front Bench want to apologise for those tax credits and the...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: My hon. Friend is quite right. She is referring to the real people who are going on this benefit who want an opportunity to have a chance. This is not about a politician who is here to oppose—and I understand that—but people who say, “We’d like to go on this new benefit and we’d like to have a simpler system.” The motion on the Order Paper says that...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: If people have fallen on hard times, we reach out to and support them. If that person is not getting the support, I ask the hon. Lady to work with me. We can go to the local jobcentre to see what has happened, because that is not right, and ensure that he gets his support and that we get him into housing and get him the benefits he needs. Rather than someone standing up and saying those...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: I asked the hon. Lady if she would work with me. All I needed from her—I could not have said it in a more imploring way—was a yes or no, and she felt unable to say yes. She should have said yes. We have been through what this benefit is about and how it is supporting people. It is about having a work coach. It is about personalised support. It is about having a universal support...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: I thank my hon. Friend for his comment. This is what it is about, and I keep saying that. It is not about scaremongering. It is not about saying things even the UK Statistics Authority says is scaremongering. It is not about making people’s journey to claim benefit even more difficult. We want to make the journey to claim benefit easier for people. While the Opposition would not...

The Secretary of State’S Handling of Universal Credit (11 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: We are bringing in a new benefit system. We have helped 1,000 people a day into work since 2010. We have said that where we have got it wrong, we will change it and put it right, which we have done in instances where we felt it was wrong. The aim is to get people prepared for a modern technological age so that they can engage in work, and we will support people who cannot as best we can. That...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (11 Jul 2018)

Work and Pensions: Disability employment. 9:30 am; Room 6, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Rt Hon Esther McVey MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Department of Work and Pensions Sarah Newton MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Department of Work and Pensions Angus Gray, Deputy Director, Work and Health Unit, Department of Work and Pensions James Wolfe, Director, Disability Employment, Department of Work and Pensions

Universal Credit (5 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: I had information that the question was on the letter that I received yesterday, so that is obviously where we will be going: the letter that I received yesterday. Opening the letter was a comment about a meeting that the Comptroller and Auditor General had asked to have with me. He had written to me on 27 June. Our Department got back at the end of the week and that meeting will be on...

Universal Credit (5 Jul 2018)

Esther McVey: At the end of the letter it says that “the Department cannot measure the exact number of additional people in employment ”. We agree with that. We cannot measure the exact number of people in employment, but we knew that there was a plausible range—which we had had support on—of people going into employment. We also know that employment is increasing. Those were the...


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