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House of Commons puts Universal credit roll-out under the spotlight

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions David Gauke before the Work and Pensions Committee and opposition debate on Universal Credit roll-out. 


Wednesday 18 October sees the House of Commons focus on the roll-out of Universal Credit. In the morning, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions David Gauke will be before the Work and Pensions Committee, and, in the afternoon, there will be an opposition day debate on whether to pause the accelerated roll-out of Universal Credit.

The appearance before the xommittee of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has been preceded by complaints that the DWP has failed to answer any of the letters from the Chair of the Committee Frank Field MP, who wrote to raise concerns that had been brought to the committee's inquiry into the roll-out of Universal Credit, including concerns raised by the SFHA in its written and oral evidence.

The SFHA has made a further submission to the inquiry and has also provided a briefing for MPs for the afternoon's debate.

Guardian highlights plight of UC claimants in Inverness

Ahead of today’s Work and Pensions Committee and Opposition Day debate, The Guardian has published a feature on the plight of Universal Credit claimants in Inverness. The article, which quotes Jennifer Soley from Albyn Housing Society, highlights the disparity in arrears of tenants on Universal Credit, which are much higher on average than those of other tenants.