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Income Tax (Charge) (9 Mar 2021)

Iain Duncan Smith: ...; there is huge scope for us to release some businesses through deregulation. I want to draw to a close by making a couple of points. First, I want to make the case for the Government to review the universal credit money. The reason for that is that universal credit is not a flat payment; it is a dynamic process, and it is aimed at helping people back to work. So in truth, even if we...

Autumn Statement Distributional Analysis, Universal Credit and Esa (16 Nov 2016)

Iain Duncan Smith: ...I wanted to see change and I still want to see changed is this artificial idea that people are either too sick to work or able to work. There should be a greater nuancing in people’s lives, and universal credit now opens the door to a much more flexible process that allows even those diagnosed and reasonably said to be “not capable of work” to be able to work—and if they wish to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit Work Allowance (1 Feb 2016)

Iain Duncan Smith: I disagree with the hon. Lady. An independent study has already shown that with universal credit people get into work faster, stay in work longer and progress faster in earnings. She cannot take this in isolation, however; it is worth remembering that the national minimum wage is rising to some £9, and that under universal credit women will get 85% of their childcare costs, instead of 70%....

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Workless Households (7 Dec 2015)

Iain Duncan Smith: I do not. Universal credit is acting as a huge incentive to go back to work. Even the statistics published over the weekend show that universal credit means that people are 8% more likely to go into work than was the case with jobseeker’s allowance. I remind the hon. Lady that jobseeker’s allowance has been seen by many in the western world as one of the most successful back-to-work...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Workless Households (7 Dec 2015)

Iain Duncan Smith: As I said before, first, people are getting back to work. Secondly, those who are on universal credit at present will be fully supported through the flexible support fund, which will provide all the resources necessary to ensure that their situation remains exactly the same as it is today.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (7 Dec 2015)

Iain Duncan Smith: The universal credit position is exactly as set out at the time of the summer Budget, which means, as we understand it and calculate it, and as figures released in the last 24 hours show categorically, there will be a huge improvement in the numbers of people going back to work, working full time and earning more money. I absolutely believe that, in the next few years, the hon. Gentleman will...

Bills Presented: Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (9 Jul 2015)

Iain Duncan Smith: ...—an approach that expects people to stand on their own two feet whenever possible but which provides them with the support to do that, by reducing their taxes, providing childcare, skills and back-to-work support, introducing universal credit to make work pay and asking employers to play their part by increasing wages at a time when our economy is growing. In conclusion, ours is an...

NHS (Ttip): Universal Credit (25 Nov 2014)

Iain Duncan Smith: ...: they seem to forget that they crashed the economy in the biggest disaster it has ever had, with a fall of some 7% in GDP, and that many people lost their jobs. We have managed to get more people back to work and now have more people in work than ever before, with unemployment falling dramatically, youth unemployment falling and even more people with disabilities now going back to work....

NHS (Ttip): Universal Credit (25 Nov 2014)

Iain Duncan Smith: ...be helped to get work, and if we make the system easier, simpler and more accessible, they will do a lot themselves. What is essentially happening is that they have cottoned on to the usability of universal credit, and it is gratifying to see the way in which they are getting back to work quicker.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Welfare Reforms (Economy) (3 Nov 2014)

Iain Duncan Smith: Yet again, the right hon. Gentleman has got his facts completely wrong. The reality is that, as was announced only a few weeks ago, universal credit is not only doing well, but is to be rolled out nationally. The right hon. Gentleman may be smiling because he has the idea that Labour might somehow get into government, and might inherit a success. I can tell him that Labour will not get into...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Universal Credit (9 Jul 2014)

Iain Duncan Smith: ...that comes from the other side. The Opposition live in la-la land when it comes to the welfare reforms. My hon. Friend is absolutely right that this is about real people who are trying to get back to work. We are delivering for them right now, and we will deliver even more when universal credit arrives safely and securely.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (31 Mar 2014)

Iain Duncan Smith: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising that issue, because under universal credit we will increase the child care level to 85% of the cost. We will be investing a further £400 million a year in a steady state, and 500,000 families will gain. These are positive incentives to go back to work. Child care costs are now paid up to a maximum of £646 per month for one child and £1,108 for...

Amendment of the Law (25 Mar 2014)

Iain Duncan Smith: ...including more young people—but of course there is more to do, and it is this coalition Government who are doing it. We are also introducing our other programmes, including the Work programme and universal credit, with the pathfinders moving into the north-west and eventually rolling out by 2016. We know that 90% of claims for jobseeker’s allowance and other benefits are already being...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Jan 2014)

Iain Duncan Smith: I can indeed. Universal credit replaces the benefits that are most open to fraud, in many cases. Also, housing benefit doubled in value under the last Government; universal credit will deal with those problems, get things back into order, and provide an incentive to go back to work; that is the key thing. Getting people back to work, which the Opposition are not interested in, is the key...

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (5 Sep 2013)

Iain Duncan Smith: ...Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill (Mr Byrne) of being less than cheeky—or, for that matter, of ever attempting to spin anything—but I stand by your judgment, Mr Speaker: a cheeky spinner he is. Universal credit, I remind everybody, is an important and challenging programme to provide major benefits for claimants and the country as a whole, with a clear financial set of incentives that...

Women and Equalities: Universal Credit (5 Sep 2013)

Iain Duncan Smith: I believe that universal credit will help in that regard because the idea is that, as people go back to work, they will be better off for every hour they work than they were on benefits, which should make them more able to afford to live. The vast majority of benefits under universal credit will go to the bottom 20% of earners, so it should be a net benefit to the poorest in society.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Child Poverty (1 Jul 2013)

Iain Duncan Smith: We have always said that we stand by the existence of free school meals, and I stand by that now. As we bring in universal credit, we will make it very clear how this will work—and work well. I do not need any lectures from the hon. Gentleman. He may accuse us, but it was not us who crashed the economy and forced lots—thousands—of people into poverty. That was a direct result of his...

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: amendment of the Law (22 Mar 2013)

Iain Duncan Smith: The reality—the right hon. Gentleman needs to get his head around this—is that those who engage with universal credit, all the way up the scale, will be better off than they would have been going back to work under all the measures in place at the moment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (25 Jun 2012)

Iain Duncan Smith: ...and check his figures again. There is something rather pathetic about the way he pauses on little figures and seems to think that that spells something. Universal credit will do more to get people back to work and it will rectify the mess that the previous Government left. It is on time and it is on budget.

Paye: Universal Credit (5 Mar 2012)

Iain Duncan Smith: I can confirm that. Universal credit will put together all the benefits that are relevant to people going back to work. Benefits that are not relevant to the Work programme will not be included, but the rest will. That will hugely slim down the complexities, and will ensure that people understand that in every hour for which they work, they are better off in work than out of work. The...


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