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Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 15 - Universal credit: work-related requirements (13 Oct 2015)

Corri Wilson: I was interested in the view of the hon. Member for Islington South and Finsbury on the jobcentre system. I worked in the Department for Work and Pensions for 20 years, and my experience is that jobcentre staff work incredibly hard to get claimants into work. The main reason that claimants cannot get off benefits seems to be that suitable jobs are not out there. Year after year, staff’s...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 15 - Universal credit: work-related requirements (13 Oct 2015)

Corri Wilson: The Scottish National party has tabled the amendments to mitigate the changes and to take the pressure off responsible carers with very young children who receive universal credit. Currently, lone parents need attend work-focused interviews or work-related activity only when their children are between the ages of one and five, rather than having to actively seek work. The clause will mean...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 15 - Universal credit: work-related requirements (13 Oct 2015)

Corri Wilson: I beg to move amendment 57, in clause 15,  page 14,  line 31, leave out paragraph (a).

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 11 - Changes to child tax credit (13 Oct 2015)

Corri Wilson: In tabling our amendments, the SNP seeks to lessen hardship in families. We want families, no matter how many children they have, to be able to  access the child tax credit and child element of universal credit to allow children to have the best possible start. Life is complex and not quite as black and white as the Bill suggests. When my children were at school, I was a single parent and I...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 11 - Changes to child tax credit (13 Oct 2015)

Corri Wilson: I beg to move amendment 45, in clause 11, page 13, line 10, leave out “one other child” and insert “two other children”.

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 11 - Changes to child tax credit (13 Oct 2015)

Corri Wilson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship once again, Mr Streeter, on another full day of scrutiny on a Bill that is about neither welfare nor work. It serves only to make some of the most vulnerable in society worse off. As I speak to amendment 45 and the other amendments in this group, I am going to raise some of the issues that I find most absurd about the Bill. I was, as may be...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 8 - Review of benefit cap (17 Sep 2015)

Corri Wilson: The amendments in this group are intended to limit the scope of the Secretary of State’s power to adjust what is, and what is not, in the review, to ensure that the Government review the impact on disabled people and carers as well as using reports from important organisations tasked with children’s rights on the impact of the cap. Amendment 94 would require the Secretary of State to...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 6 - Other amendments to Child Poverty Act 2010 (17 Sep 2015)

Corri Wilson: I am conscious of the time, so I just want to pick out a few reasons why the SNP oppose the changes. The loss of income targets means that a fundamental driver of poverty—how much money a person has in their pocket—is essentially being deprioritised. Focusing on worklessness ignores the 67% of UK children in poverty who live in a household in which one or more adults are working. That is...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 5 - Social Mobility Commission (17 Sep 2015)

Corri Wilson: Under the Bill, the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission will be renamed the Social Mobility Commission, with a much narrower remit. It will report on progress made towards improving social mobility in the UK, as well as in England. The Bill is designed to have a limited impact on the current duties of the devolved Administrations. Scotland will continue to be required to produce a...

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Clause 5 - Social Mobility Commission (17 Sep 2015)

Corri Wilson: The Scottish Government will investigate a Scottish approach, building on wide support for the poverty measurement framework. We will support Labour to stop the proposals and ensure that the most vulnerable in society are protected.

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Sep 2015)

Corri Wilson: Julia, your recent report suggested that the Bill will have a major impact on lone parents. What protections should be included in the Bill to ensure that children of lone-parent families are not unfairly impacted?

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Sep 2015)

Corri Wilson: I would like to ask you the same question that I asked the last panel. Much of the proposed legislation is borne out of an assumption that those on benefits face the same choices as those in work. Do you agree with that?

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Sep 2015)

Corri Wilson: Much of the proposed legislation is born out of the assumption that those on benefits face the same choices as those in work. Does the panel agree?

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Sep 2015)

Corri Wilson: Much of the proposed legislation is based on an assumption that people in work and people out of work are able to make the same choices.

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Sep 2015)

Corri Wilson: Is somebody who is out of work and relying on benefits able to make the same choices as someone who is in work and who has all the trimmings of being in work?

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (15 Sep 2015)

Corri Wilson: Following on from that, Dr Callan, you talked about helping and supporting people to get off benefits. Surely that works only when there are decent work opportunities out there, and not things like zero-hours contracts. Does the cap on child tax credit not cause a bigger disconnect, making it even harder to get off benefits?

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Sep 2015)

Corri Wilson: I should like to challenge the assertion that the changes to ESA and universal credit will save the Government money. It may be just the welfare budget, but surely it will put a strain on other parts of the system: the NHS, charitable organisations and local authorities. That is for anybody who wants to answer.

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Sep 2015)

Corri Wilson: This is a question for Kirsty and Tony. How can you incentivise people who have been assessed as ill to get back to work? When we are capping people who receive severe disablement allowance, how is this treating people fairly?

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Sep 2015)

Corri Wilson: I just wanted to touch on the carer’s allowance and the widow’s pension in part of the cap. Those are obviously groups of people who are already under a strain: they have either lost a partner or have a caring responsibility 24/7. Should they be part of the cap? Should they be included?

Public Bill Committee: Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Examination of Witnesses (10 Sep 2015)

Corri Wilson: To follow on from what Hannah was saying, given that the child poverty targets were unlikely to have been met, would it have been better to delay the targets instead of removing them?


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