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

Margaret Greenwood: The National Audit Office report recommended that the Government should “ensure the programme does not expand before business-as-usual operations can cope with higher claimant volumes”, yet in her oral statement on 21 June, the Secretary of State said that the NAO report stated that the Government should “continue with the roll-out and do it faster.”—[Official...

Universal Credit and Welfare Changes (21 Jun 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of the statement, but the Opposition believe that she should have come to the House on Monday to make a statement about both the damning National Audit Office report that was published last Friday and the Government’s decision, announced last Thursday, to put back the target for the completion of universal credit by another year—the...

Grenfell Tower: Point of Order (11 Jun 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Have you had any indication from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on whether she plans to make an oral statement on transitional protection in universal credit for people claiming severe disability premium? On Thursday, the Government announced, via a written statement, that people receiving severe disability premium would not transfer to universal...

Employment Rates — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (6 Jun 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: Will the Minister comment on the 900,000 people who are on zero-hours contracts and cannot manage their lives? They do not know how much money they are going to earn. They do not know how much childcare they need. It is a state of real insecurity, creating anxiety for a lot of people, and it is not good for the economy either.

Employment Rates — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (6 Jun 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: I thank the Minister for giving way again; he is being very generous. Is he aware of the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace among staff on zero-hours contracts? What advice would he give to a young woman on such a contract who is experiencing that? Where can she go for support? How can she tackle it, and how can she remain employed, but in a safe environment?

Employment Rates — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (6 Jun 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I begin by congratulating the hon. Member for Mid Dorset and North Poole (Michael Tomlinson) on yet again securing this debate, and on his work on youth employment as chair of the all-party parliamentary group on youth employment. We have heard some very interesting contributions today, including from the hon. Gentleman himself,...

Personal Independence Payments (4 Jun 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams) on securing this urgent question. I was disappointed to hear the Secretary of State be so dismissive of concerns that have been expressed by Members right across the House. For the second time this year, the Secretary of State has been forced to acknowledge that her Department...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: 2017 Budget Changes (21 May 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: The Department for Work and Pensions has been forced recently to reveal that a fifth of universal credit claims are being turned down because claimants are not managing to negotiate the complex application process, meaning that thousands of people are falling out of the system. Claims must be made and managed online, even though, according to an OECD study, 40% of unemployed adults in England...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Private Rented Sector Evictions (21 May 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: It is reported that the Law Centres Network says cases are now common in which eviction proceedings come to court after the Department for Work and Pensions has failed to pay rent directly to the landlords of universal credit claimants, even though it says on a claimant’s journal account that a direct rent payment has been made. What action is DWP taking to address this issue as a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: In-work Households Living in Poverty (26 Mar 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: I am disappointed to hear the Minister be so facetious about a subject as important as child poverty. At the last count, 72% of households whose benefits were capped were those of lone parents and 77% of those lone parents had a child under five. They can escape the cap by working at least 16 hours a week, but are then hit by the cuts to work allowances in universal credit, which trap many...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (26 Mar 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: Had the Secretary of State read the full article that she refers to on Channel 4’s FactCheck, she would have seen that it said that our numbers were in fact correct.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (26 Mar 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: Well, it did. I recommend that the Secretary of State rereads it. In less than two weeks’ time, support for mortgage interest will change from a benefit to a loan. Government figures released on Friday show that, even at this late stage, the DWP has still not managed to contact 40% of claimants by phone to explain the change, and 30% of all claimants have already declined a loan. A...

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes. I congratulate the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire (Dr Whitford) on her measured and comprehensive speech and her focus on the devastating impact of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 on sick and disabled people and the importance of the work done by carers. The hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Drew...

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: I will not give way, because I am short of time. I refer the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey and others to the excellent speech made by my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow North East (Mr Sweeney) that showed clearly and in detail how Labour has led the fight for a social security system that supports people in their time of need.

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 is having a profound impact on the lives of many of the most vulnerable in our society—the disabled, single parents, pensioners and children growing up in poverty—through a range of policies, accompanied by severe reductions in social security introduced in the 2015 Budget and what we are seeing with the roll-out of universal credit. There is...

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: No, I am going to make some progress. In-work poverty has risen to record levels: 8 million people, including 2.7 million children, are in poverty, despite being in a working family, and 67% of working-age adults and children in poverty in the UK are in working households. Many people are stuck in a low pay, no pay cycle, where they may pass from employed to unemployed and back again several...

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: No, I am really short of time. Thirty-five thousand of the single-parent capped households had at least one child aged under five, including 15,000 with a child aged under two. The Act also requires the main carer of a child to look for work once their youngest child turns three, rather than five as previously. Many parents of very young children would actually like to work, but it can be...

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: No. The main provider of food banks in the UK, the Trussell Trust, has highlighted that food bank referrals have risen by 30% in areas after the full service has been introduced. The EHRC report published last week estimated that 1.5 million children will be living in poverty by 2021-22 as a result of tax and benefit changes, and the Institute for Fiscal Studies predicted in November that the...

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: The Government have made it difficult to trace the overall impact of the Act with all its complexity because they have failed to publish a cumulative impact assessment.

Welfare Reform and Work Act — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Margaret Greenwood: Even the impact assessments for each part of the Act are out of date. Civil society organisations such as the IFS, the Resolution Foundation and the Equality and Human Rights Commission have done the hard work and the evidence is damning. If the Government do not like the figures that other organisations publish, they should make sure they publish their own and that they are up to date. The...


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