Heidi Allen: I am fortunate to have served on the Work and Pensions Committee since my election in 2015, and that has given me a really detailed understanding of universal credit. To reiterate my question to the Prime Minister last week, I believe that universal credit will be the most significant positive transformation of the benefit system in decades. The principles of universal credit are different...
Heidi Allen: I give way to the hon. Gentleman.
Heidi Allen: I appreciate the hon. Gentleman’s intervention. I agree that we risk undermining the success of the system if we do not get these basic things right. Having discussed this matter personally with the Prime Minister yesterday, it is probably too ambitious to expect a response just yet, but I am confident that she will consider our proposals. Why? Because as well as being the smart thing...
Heidi Allen: Does my hon. Friend agree that that would be sensible not only from an administrative point of view, but because work coaches could be helping people get into work, rather than helping them to deal with debt, stress and mental health issues?
Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many full-time disabled students were registered on higher education courses in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17.
Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans his Department has to remove the process of constraint payments whereby wind turbine operators are recompensed at times of surplus generation and attempted stabilisation of the grid.
Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the Oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of 12 September 2017, Official Report, column 635, if he will provide an update on the Government's monitoring of the effect on human health of wind turbine low-frequency sound and...
Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the level of geographical variation of IVF funding; and whether it is his Department's policy that clinical commissioning groups implement NICE recommendations to commission funding for three cycles of IVF.
Heidi Allen: I fear that that “more” was not for me. I am afraid I must return to the subject of universal credit, but perhaps the difference between Government Members and Opposition Members is that we believe in universal credit’s transformative properties and want it to work. And work it will, but we have to get it right. I thank the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for...
Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects the universal credit landlord portal to be available in areas with full digital universal credit service.
Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to reduce waiting times on the universal credit telephone line in advance of a potential increase in the volume as calls arising from full service rollout.
Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward the introduction of the online booking system for universal credit jobcentre appointments so that new claimants in October do not incur costs for calling the helpline.
Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training his Department has provided to jobcentre work coaches to help claimants adapt to the new universal credit benefit since that benefit was introduced.
Heidi Allen: Although I believe that advance payments are treating the symptoms rather than the cause, I welcome the Secretary of State’s additional guidance to make sure that jobcentres offer them. Advance payments cover roughly two weeks’ worth of money: what support is in place for people waiting three, four, five, six or seven weeks?
Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether departmental guidance on the implementation of the Digital Economy Act 2017 will make it clear that section 106 encompasses all methods of mass online harvesting of tickets.
Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made towards introducing personalised and tailored employment support for disabled people who are looking for work.
Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many full-time disabled students received disability living allowance or personal independence payment and were in the work-related activity group for income-related employment and support allowance in (a) 2015-16 and (b) 2016-17.
Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what evidence his Department has that (a) under the full service and (b) under the live service universal credit (i) moves people into work more quickly and (ii) supports people to stay in work longer than the previous system; and if he will set out the timescale over which that evidence was collected.
Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the change to eligibility groups in the pilot scheme introduced by the International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport (INAS) on encouraging more people with Down's syndrome and autism to enter the 2017 INAS World Swimming Championships.
Heidi Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of claimants on full service universal credit have not been paid in full within six weeks in each of the last two years.