Universal Credit Split Payments — [Geraint Davies in the Chair]

Part of Asylum Accommodation Contracts – in Westminster Hall at 4:18 pm on 10th October 2018.

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Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 4:18 pm, 10th October 2018

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I pay tribute to Danielle Rowley, who has been a longstanding campaigner in this area through parliamentary questions; meeting the Minister for Employment, who has overall responsibility for universal credit; and visits to her local Jobcentre Plus, where she has also met supporting organisations. I know it is an area in which she has a longstanding track record of campaigning.

I share that passion. For many years I have supported my local women’s refuge. I have also worked with Women’s Aid, hosting parliamentary events prior to my ministerial appointment. I was very briefly on the Work and Pensions Committee, so I was present when they were considering the report, although I did not contribute to it because I was not there during the hearings. I pay tribute to my former colleagues on the Committee who were really engaged with this incredibly important topic.