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Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (18 Mar 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: Four single mothers won a legal challenge against the Department for Work and Pensions in January because their universal credit payments did not take into account the way in which their incomes changed from month to month, yet the Government decided to apply for permission to appeal. This was turned down, with the judge saying that the way in which the Secretary of State had interpreted and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Poverty (18 Mar 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: Next year, the benefit freeze will leave the poorest 20% of families with children £900 worse off on average. In January, the Secretary of State said that the benefit freeze was the right policy at the time, but both she and the Chancellor have signalled that it will not be renewed in 2020. If it is not the right policy now, why are the Government continuing with the freeze for another year?

Application of the Family Test — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (13 Mar 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: Will the Minister give way?

Application of the Family Test — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (13 Mar 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I congratulate the hon. Member for St Austell and Newquay (Steve Double) on securing this debate. He rightly pointed out the importance of families and parenting. The hon. Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) told us that the Government have a poor history of applying the family test. She spoke of the impact of family life on...

Application of the Family Test — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair] (13 Mar 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: I am very short of time, so I will continue. Sadly, Government policy is putting intolerable strain on some families. Under this Government, mixed-age couples will be denied pension credit and forced to claim universal credit instead. What is more, younger partners will potentially be subject to the sanctions regime, too. Some families are set to lose as much as £7,000 a year. There have...

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [Lords]: Social Security (4 Mar 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: This uprating order increases a range of social security entitlements. However, it does not uprate those included in the Government’s freeze to working-age benefits enacted in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016—a freeze that is causing real hardship to some of the poorest people in our country. The Minister set out the range of benefits to be uprated in line with the consumer prices...

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [Lords]: Social Security (4 Mar 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend makes an absolutely pertinent point, and she does so with her usual alacrity and attention to detail. These vital social security payments should lift people out of poverty and ensure that they do not become destitute, but under this Government that aim is not being met. Last year, research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that more than 1.5 million have experienced...

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [Lords]: Social Security (4 Mar 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: Well, let me explain. In this context, destitution means that a person has lacked two or more of the six essentials in the last month—[Interruption.]

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [Lords]: Social Security (4 Mar 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. To put this in perspective, destitution in this context means that a person has lacked two or more of the six essentials in the last month—shelter, food, heating, lighting, clothing and basic toiletries. It is truly shocking that 1.5 million are going without basic essentials in modern Britain. The Social Metrics Commission, whose members are drawn from the...

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [Lords]: Social Security (4 Mar 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: I thank the hon. Lady for making the point so powerfully. The benefit freeze increases poverty. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the freeze is set to drive almost 500,000 more people into poverty by 2020. In 2018, a couple with children claiming universal credit were up to £500 worse off, and a lone parent with children was up to £400 worse off, due to the benefit freeze. The...

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [Lords]: Social Security (4 Mar 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend makes an absolutely pertinent point, and I thank her for it.

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [Lords]: Social Security (4 Mar 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: I will come on to pensions further on in my speech, if the hon. Gentleman will wait for that. Some 8 million people are in poverty and live in families where at least one person is working. According to Shelter, more than half of homeless families in England are in work. Under the Conservatives, having a job is not even a guarantee that someone can avoid homelessness. The benefit freeze...

Financial Services (Implementation of Legislation) Bill [Lords]: Social Security (4 Mar 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and there is a real sense of betrayal that that myth has been perpetrated by Government Members. It is clear that universal credit is not working. It is driving many people into poverty, debt and rent arrears. One of its key defects is the inbuilt and unrealistic five-week wait. Originally it was even worse—a six-week wait. It seems that that senseless...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (21 Feb 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 February 2019 to Question 217093 on Pension Credit, what estimate she has made of the number of couples affected in each region of the UK in (a) 2019-20, (b) 2020-21 and (c) 2021-22 by the changes to be introduced in May 2019 to the eligibility for Pension Credit of couples where one partner has reached state...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: British Nationals Abroad: EU Countries (21 Feb 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of UK citizens currently living in other EU countries who will return to live in the UK in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment (19 Feb 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the extent to which the descriptors used for Work Capability Assessments take proper account of the way that people can be affected by impairment of stamina, breathing or fatigue.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (12 Feb 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 29 January 2019 to Question 212389, what estimate she has made of the number of couples affected in (a) 2019-20, (b) 2020-21 and (c) 2021-22 of the changes to be introduced in May 2019 to the eligibility for pension credit of couples where one partner has reached state pension age and the other has not.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit Roll-out (11 Feb 2019)

Margaret Greenwood: On the evening of 14 January, the Government announced that, from this May, mixed-aged couples on a low income will no longer be able to claim pension credit when the older partner reaches state pension age and will have to claim universal credit instead. Couples affected could lose out by up to £7,000 a year, and the Conservative party manifesto pledged to safeguard pensioner benefits. Why...


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