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

Margaret Greenwood: Will the Secretary of State apologise for the two points she has failed yet to apologise for to the head of the National Audit Office?

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

Margaret Greenwood: The point that the Secretary of State makes had nothing to do with my campaign in Wirral West in 2015.

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

Margaret Greenwood: I beg to move, That this House censures the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the right hon. Member for Tatton, for her handling of the roll-out of universal credit and her response to the NAO report, Rolling Out Universal Credit; notes that the Department for Work and Pensions’ own survey of claimants published on 8 June 2018 showed that 40 per cent of claimants were...

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

Margaret Greenwood: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his remarks. He will be aware, and I will cover this further on in my speech, that she apologised for one of the three aspects for which an apology was necessary.

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

Margaret Greenwood: My right hon. Friend raises such an important point. I was as shocked as he was to hear the Secretary of State say that it was when she had left the Chamber that she realised her mistake. She should have replied that afternoon. He is quite right on that point. The Secretary of State adopted the same approach at Work and Pensions questions, as has been noted, leading the head of the National...

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

Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. This is an issue of the utmost importance and the Government must take note.

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

Margaret Greenwood: I will come on to that point in my remarks.

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

Margaret Greenwood: The right hon. Gentleman should go back and re-read the report. On 4 July, the Secretary of State finally admitted that she had “inadvertently” misled Parliament in claiming that the roll-out should be speeded up. This matters not just because she admitted that she had misled Parliament, but, as I will explain later, because the Government have sharply accelerated the roll-out of...

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

Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend makes an absolutely pertinent remark. The prevalence of food banks in our society is a source of shame on this Government.

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

Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend makes an interesting point about cuts. The Secretary of State’s second claim was that the report did not take into account the impact of recent changes made by the Government. This is curious.

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

Margaret Greenwood: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. I am going to make some progress now because there have been so many interventions, although I am pleased that so many people are here today. The head of the NAO said clearly in his letter of 4 July: “Our report was fully agreed with senior officials in your Department. It is based on the most accurate and up-to-date information from your...

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

Margaret Greenwood: I am not going to give way; I want to make some progress. Thirdly, the Secretary of State claimed—

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

Margaret Greenwood: I am not going to give way and I would point out that the right hon. Gentleman has called the report “shoddy”, so excuse me if I continue. Thirdly, the Secretary of State claimed that universal—[Interruption.]

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

Margaret Greenwood: Thirdly, the Secretary of State claimed that universal credit is working.

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

Margaret Greenwood: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. Thirdly, the Secretary of State claimed that universal credit is working. The head of the NAO said in his letter that this is unproven. The DWP’s own survey of claimants under the full service published in June shows that just under half of all claimants were unable to register their claim online unassisted, a quarter were not able to submit their claim...

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

Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend makes an important point.

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

Margaret Greenwood: I have three minutes of my speech left, so I will take no more interventions. The Secretary of State claimed that the NAO report did not take account of the impact of recent Government changes. However, there have been no recent changes to support people in making and managing their claim online, and we know that the Government’s universal support programme receives only limited...

Universal Credit (5 Jul 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: The Secretary of State should be ashamed that she has been forced to come to the House again. Yesterday the Comptroller and Auditor General took the extraordinary step of writing an open letter to her pointing out that she had misrepresented the National Audit Office report on numerous occasions. He did so after she had failed to meet him, and she did not have the courtesy to do so before...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Vulnerable Claimants (2 Jul 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: The National Audit Office’s report on universal credit shows that people such as carers, families needing support with childcare and disabled people are more likely to have to wait for an initial payment. The report shows that, in December 2017, only a third of disabled people were receiving their initial payments in full and on time. As the Secretary of State claims that the NAO report...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Roll-out (2 Jul 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: The Department for Work and Pensions’ own survey of claimants under universal credit full service found that over 40% were unable to register a claim online unassisted. These people are the most likely to be vulnerable in our society. Universal support is meant to address this, but the NAO report reveals that providers told the NAO that universal support does not meet the needs of...


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