Results 21–40 of 346 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 (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.

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.


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