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Universal Credit

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 13th December 2018.

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Photo of Dawn Butler Dawn Butler Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect of universal credit being paid into a single bank account on the (a) independence of women and (b) balance of power in their relationships.

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

I refer the hon. Member to my answer to Question 139032 on 2 May 2018.

Additionally, research carried out for the Department suggests that only 2 per cent of married couples and 7 per cent of cohabiting couples keep their finances completely separate, so payments into a single bank account for couples fit with how the majority of couples organise their lives.

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