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Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector Evictions (21 May 2018)

Kit Malthouse: Housing benefit has been paid direct to tenants since 2008. Universal credit replicates that so we would not expect to see a change in landlord behaviour.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector Evictions (21 May 2018)

Kit Malthouse: It is deeply disappointing when Members of this House trade their principles for perceived political advantage, as the hon. Gentleman seems to have done on universal credit, having of course previously been a strong supporter of the coalition Government’s reforms. He knows full well that direct payments to landlords are available. I have myself met the two most prominent residential...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector Evictions (21 May 2018)

Kit Malthouse: As the hon. Lady will know, we have taken significant action to try to improve the situation upfront, not least by providing an additional two weeks of housing benefit for people transitioning to universal credit. People can receive a 100% advance and help with budgeting support, and of course a direct payment is available if landlord or tenant require it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Victims of Domestic Violence (21 May 2018)

Kit Malthouse: Universal Credit continues to support victims of domestic violence to claim benefits through a range of measures. These include special provisions for temporary accommodation and same-day advances. Work coaches will also signpost domestic violence victims to expert third-party support.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Victims of Domestic Violence (21 May 2018)

Kit Malthouse: Obviously we take domestic violence enormously seriously at the Department, and we certainly believe that we should play our part in detecting and seeking to combat it. We will keep the position under review. As we have said, we remain open-minded on the issue of split payments. If the Scottish Government proceed with their wish to introduce them, we will note what progress is made, and will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 May 2018)

Kit Malthouse: The Child Maintenance Service is working hard to improve its recovery efforts and will be increasing the number of individuals assigned to the financial investigations unit. The Child Maintenance Service is working much more closely with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to make sure that we have as full a picture as possible of people’s earnings and to ensure that people take...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 May 2018)

Kit Malthouse: It is typical of my hon. Friend that the welfare of children in his constituency should be uppermost in his mind. As I said previously, we are putting significant extra resources into the financial investigations unit and into making sure we are able to track down as much of the income as possible of parents who should be paying for their children. I am pleased to tell my hon. Friend that I...

Violence and Harassment at Work — [David Hanson in the Chair] (16 May 2018)

Kit Malthouse: It is a great pleasure to serve in front of a fellow Liverpudlian, Mr Hanson, and, unusually, to appear in a debate where the majority of Members present are native Liverpudlians. It cannot happen that often, but perhaps it will happen more often in future. I also congratulate my neighbour and right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) on securing this important debate, and on...

Violence and Harassment at Work — [David Hanson in the Chair] (16 May 2018)

Kit Malthouse: As I say, we are going to the conference with an open mind about what may come from it. We are generally supportive of the initiative on ending violence and harassment at work, which the ILO is undertaking. We need to be assured that what is produced is consistent with British practice and law, and is justifiable. Much of the devil of that work will be in the detail—particularly on some...

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (29 Mar 2018)

Kit Malthouse: It is essential that women have opportunities to enter employment and to progress in work, and universal credit is designed to give them the assistance and tools to do so. Colleagues across the Government regularly discuss the impact of policies on women, and indeed on all groups.

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (29 Mar 2018)

Kit Malthouse: The hon. Gentleman is mistaken in seeing welfare reform work in isolation from all the other assistance that has been offered to the low-paid, and in particular to women. Other measures, such as shared parental leave, the right to request flexible working, the 30 hours of free childcare and indeed the 85% of childcare funded through universal credit—or 600 hours of free childcare in...

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (29 Mar 2018)

Kit Malthouse: My right hon. Friend often emerges from the forest to ask difficult and challenging questions, as he has now done to me for the second time this week. I am not aware that there is such evidence, but I am happy to go away and research it, and I will write to him if there is any.

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (29 Mar 2018)

Kit Malthouse: We are obviously very sensitive to the issue of domestic abuse, which is completely unacceptable in any circumstances. Work coaches in jobcentres are specifically trained to identify situations in which domestic abuse may be occurring and to offer options and assistance to people subjected to it, including alternative payments. We do not currently see the need for default split payments,...

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (29 Mar 2018)

Kit Malthouse: We very obviously did consider that, which is why we created the alternative payment method. The current benefits system does not operate on a split payment basis, and we have not yet seen any evidence, in areas where universal credit has been rolled out, that the current system is exacerbating the situation. We firmly believe in our policy on domestic violence and abuse—the Government...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (29 Mar 2018)

Kit Malthouse: As the hon. Gentleman will know, this issue has been debated widely and extensively in this House. I would ask him to contemplate what inequalities would be produced for men, and indeed for women born in the 1960s, if changes were made to the pension arrangements, which have effectively been advertised since 1995, for women born in the 1950s.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Child Poverty: Family Indicators (26 Mar 2018)

Kit Malthouse: Good morning, Mr Speaker. [Interruption.] The Government are committed to action that improves children’s long-term outcomes by tackling the root causes of poverty and disadvantage. In April 2017, we published nine indicators that track progress in tackling the disadvantages that can affect families and children, and we aim to update them annually. The next publication is due shortly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Child Poverty: Family Indicators (26 Mar 2018)

Kit Malthouse: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his constant and vigorous campaigning on the issue, and particularly on the importance he attaches to fatherhood and family stability. The Government agree with him about that, and a number of programmes are designed to move the dial on the nine indicators that we have published. For example, alongside the fight against worklessness and the troubled families...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Child Poverty: Family Indicators (26 Mar 2018)

Kit Malthouse: As the hon. Gentleman will know, all hon. Members should be engaged in the battle against poverty. We in particular have chosen to take a different approach. Pleasingly, the Children’s Commissioner has identified that low educational attainment is critical to the future employment and economic prospects of all children. That is why we are focused on it as one of the two planks of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Child Poverty: Family Indicators (26 Mar 2018)

Kit Malthouse: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and is a renowned champion of those in poverty in his constituency. It is interesting to note that nearly three quarters of children in poverty move out of poverty when their parents move into full-time work. We must capture and use that in our constant fight against poverty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Child Poverty: Family Indicators (26 Mar 2018)

Kit Malthouse: I have seen reports of the new analysis this morning and, obviously, we are more than willing to have a look. However, such reports—there have been several in the past few weeks—tend to accept in the small print that forecasting poverty in the future is a very inexact science and often leads to odd results, not least because they often do not take behavioural change into account....


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