Results 1–20 of 336 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Margaret Greenwood

Universal Credit (5 Nov 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of her statement. I would like to pay tribute to all the individuals, charities and Members of the House who have been holding the Government to account over their chaotic and damaging universal credit programme, which is pushing families into poverty. In June, the National Audit Office published a damning report on universal credit. We know...

Universal Credit (17 Oct 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: I beg to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that the following papers be laid before Parliament: any briefing papers or analysis provided to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions since 8 January 2018 on the impact of the roll-out of universal credit on recipients’ and household income and on benefits...

Universal Credit (17 Oct 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend makes the point so clearly: what a shambles and what a hardship for that family.

Universal Credit (17 Oct 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: Let me make some progress. Overall, 3.2 million families with children could lose around £50 a week. People are worried, but there is no clarity from Government. The Prime Minister told this House that no one would be worse off, yet The Times reported that the Secretary of State told Cabinet colleagues that households could lose up to £200 a month. Being forced to manage on a low...

Universal Credit (17 Oct 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: I will make some progress and then I will take some interventions. For more than a year now, those of us on the Opposition Benches have been calling on the Government to address the policy’s many flaws. I am talking about: the insistence on digital by default when many people trying to make a claim are either not able to use IT or do not have access to it; the monthly payment in arrears...

Universal Credit (17 Oct 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend makes a number of pertinent points. He is absolutely right to call on this Government to halt the roll-out of universal credit. Other flaws include: the online journal in which people have to record the jobs that they have spent 35 hours a week applying for, but which work coaches often struggle to find the time to monitor; and the five-week wait for a payment at the start of a...

Universal Credit (17 Oct 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: The hon. Gentleman is getting ahead of himself, because there is no evidence that the Government can demonstrate whether universal credit gets people into work. The Government’s answer to the delays was to provide advances, but they have to be paid back as well as debts for utility bills, council tax or rent arrears that people will probably have built up while waiting. The maximum...

Universal Credit (17 Oct 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: My hon. Friend hits the nail on the head; he is absolutely right to raise that issue. The Government plan to place the entire burden on the claimants themselves to successfully make a claim, rather than the DWP automatically transferring them across. Under the Government’s regulations—as currently drafted—a letter will drop through the letterbox on to the mat, telling people...

Universal Credit (17 Oct 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: When the hon. Lady looks at the drop-out rate and the number of people who actually fail to complete a claim, I think that she will probably revise the comment that she just made. Over half the households that will be required to move across will be working families—people in work whose income is too low support them—while over a third will have been claiming ESA, which means they...

Universal Credit (17 Oct 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: I am taking no more interventions. [Interruption.] Well, I am short of time and many people have put in to speak. Receiving the letter will also be unsettling when people have been on their existing benefit for a significant period. Of course, some people may miss the letter altogether. Also, they may well struggle to fill the form in on time and to get the necessary advice because, due to...

Universal Credit (17 Oct 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: This is a really serious matter and the hon. Gentleman would do well to focus on the issue at hand. If we translate the percentage of claims that are closed before they are completed to the nearly 3 million people the Government want to transfer across, we can see that nearly 1 million people are at risk of falling out of the social security system altogether. Food banks are reporting that...

Universal Credit (17 Oct 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: I am going to make some progress. When the National Audit Office raised the alarm with its damning report back in June, the Government misrepresented its findings and stubbornly claimed that it did not take account of changes that they had made, but they will not publish the figures that would enable the public and Parliament to hold them to account. This week in the Chamber, the Secretary...

Universal Credit (16 Oct 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: Universal credit is causing severe hardship for many people claiming it, and over the past two weeks conflicting statements from the Government have caused real confusion over the impact it will have on people who are required to move across to claim it in the next phase. First, we were told that austerity is over and then that families on low income are in danger of losing up to £200 a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit Roll-out (15 Oct 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: At the Conservative party conference, the Prime Minister announced that austerity is over. Only a few days later, it was reported in The Times that families who are required to transfer to universal credit could lose up to £2,400 a year. The Prime Minister then denied it, but the following day the Secretary of State admitted that in fact some people would lose out. The confusion of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit Roll-out (15 Oct 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: Almost 30% of universal credit claims started are not completed, according to the latest figures, and the Government do not appear to have any idea about or interest in what happens to those people. In the next phase of the roll-out, the Government are placing all the responsibility for making a universal credit claim on to the 2.87 million people required to move across, and they admit that...

Widowed Parent’S Allowance (5 Sep 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: Last week the Supreme Court ruled that the denial of widowed parent’s allowance to surviving unmarried partners with children is incompatible with the law, in upholding the appeal of Siobhan McLaughlin, who lived with her partner, John Adams, and their four children for 23 years until John died in January 2014. I thank the Minister for advance sight of his statement, and I pay tribute...

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.


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