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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (8 Jan 2018)

Debbie Abrahams: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people receiving tax credits who will be receiving universal credit at the completion of full service roll-out.

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: Will the Minister acknowledge that, two days before John Cridland’s report was released, data showed that life expectancy at 60 is actually going down and life expectancy at birth is flat-lining? This is the only developed country where that is happening.

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) on securing this important debate, and I am absolutely delighted to be able to speak in support of his motion. We have had an excellent and passionate debate with some fantastic contributions, and I would like to thank each and every one of you. On the whole, it has been completely cross-party, recognising the real...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: There are so many cases like theirs, and I shall touch on a couple of them, if I may. Women born in the 1950s have had their state pension age quietly pushed back, many without receiving any notice. They expected to retire at 60, only to find that they had three or more years to wait. In spite of some appalling stories of the dire circumstances that some of these women are facing, the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment: Cancer (6 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to support people entering, returning and staying in the workforce after cancer.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment: Cancer (6 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to support people with mental ill health entering, returning to and staying in the workforce?

Written Answers — Department of Health: Dental Services: Older People (6 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of people aged (a) 65 and over, (b) 75 and over and (c) 85 and over who visited an NHS dentist in the 24 months to 30 June 2017.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Dental Services: Older People (6 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that dependent older people receiving care in your home services or living in care homes can access NHS dental services.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Dental Health: Surveys (6 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the next Adult Dental Health Survey.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Dementia: Training (6 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that dental practitioners receive dementia awareness training.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that the five project assessment reviews, carried out into universal credit between 2012 and 2015 by the Government’s Major Projects Authority now known as the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, and any subsequent project assessment reviews carried out into...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: As some of my colleagues are saying, we are asking for the documents now. We are pleased the Government finally acknowledged that their universal credit programme is not fit for purpose, and now we need to understand the extent to which it is not fit for purpose through the publication of these reports. I wish to start by giving some context to today’s debate and then set out why it is...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: Absolutely. My hon. Friend makes such a pertinent point. I was going on to say that demand for emergency food parcels in areas where UC has been rolled out is up 30%. Disabled people, single parents and families with children have been particularly affected. Initially, the Government’s impact assessments said that UC would reduce child poverty by 350,000, but then it was to be by...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: Absolutely. My hon. Friend makes such as a good point. This is what we have been calling for all along. We need to have an in-depth understanding of what the real issues are. We have outlined a number of those, but it is clear that the programme contains deep flaws. If we are serious about resolving these problems—I believe the Secretary of State is genuine in his offer to do...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: I do not think that gets away from the ultimate ruling, which was that these things should be published. I understand exactly what the hon. and learned Lady is saying, but at the end of the day the ICO ruled that these PAR reports must be published.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: The hon. Gentleman makes a fair point. Again, we need to know the extent of the issues. I am sure the information system is one of those concerns. The Information Commissioner described the PARs as giving “a much greater insight than any information already available about the Universal Credit Programme.”

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: I am going to finish this point. The ICO describes the programme as having “been subject to a number of high-profile failings”. In its judgment, the ICO weighed the public interest carefully and determined that the balance supports disclosure of these five reports, not least because UC could affect up to 11 million people, by the estimation of the ICO, with nearly 7 million...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: But we do not know, do we? I recognise the hon. Lady’s commitment and drive—

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: May I just finish responding to the intervention? We need to understand what is in the reports. I absolutely understand the commitment of the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Heidi Allen) on this issue, but we do not know until we have seen them.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Debbie Abrahams: Well, where to start with that? First, unless the hon. Gentleman has a crystal ball and has been able to read the reports, I do not think he is in a position to say that they will reveal nothing else. Secondly, on the stats he mentioned, I think there is enough on the record to refute those points.


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