Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when she plans to respond to the Report, Rolling out Universal Credit, HC1123, published by National Audit Office on 15 June 2018.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

On 21 June the Secretary of State, Esther McVey, made an Oral Statement to the House about Universal Credit and recent welfare changes. Part of her statement referred to the recently published NAO Report.

The recently published Universal Credit Business Case summary shows that Universal Credit is projected to help 200,000 people into work, adding £8 billion per annum to the economy when it is fully rolled-out. These are estimates, based on analysis that has been signed off by the Treasury. We are building an agile, adaptable system, fit for the 21st century, to help people to transform their lives through work - while supporting those who cannot work and are most in need.

The Oral Statement can be accessed at: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-06-21/debates/E234119F-DC84-4CB4-A814-69CC6A1441E8/UniversalCreditAndWelfareChanges

In accordance with standard protocols, the Government will officially respond after the Public Accounts Committee hearing on 9 July.

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