Work & Pensions

Uptake of Pension Credit

I am committed to ensuring that older people receive the support they are entitled to, so they can enjoy dignity and security in their retirement. That is why I am glad the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) engages with people who may be eligible to benefits at pivotal stages,

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Extra costs for disabled people

I firmly believe that opportunity should be available to everyone, which is why I support the actions that have been taken to ensure the welfare system helps disabled people with the cost of living, and supports families raising disabled children. Since 16 January 2019 claimants who are in receipt of

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Universal Credit

Universal Credit (UC) is the biggest and most fundamental reform to the welfare state since its creation. It is a modern benefit based on the sound principles that work should always pay and those who need support receive it. It is also fair to taxpayers. In 2010, the welfare bill cost

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Pension Credit and Universal Credit

I am aware of media reports about Pension Credit and Universal Credit, which have caused concern. To clarify, the change only relates to Pension Credit eligibility for couples and does not affect the State Pension Age. Ministers have explained that this will not be a retrospective change. Couples with one

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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments

I am proud that every year around £50 billion is spent to support people with disabilities and health conditions, over £3 billion more than in 2010. I passionately believe we should focus support on those who need it. PIP is designed to ensure support is focused on those with the

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Support for people with Multiple Sclerosis

Improving opportunities for people with health conditions and disabilities, including people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), is a key priority for the Government. The aim of the Green Paper on work, health and disability which the Government has announced is to explore ways to help more people with long term conditions

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Supported housing

I completely agree that for many vulnerable people supported accommodation plays a vital role. The Government is committed to building a secure long-term funding framework for the sector, and encouraging further development in the sector. The changes to Housing Benefit announced in the 2015 Autumn Statement involve aligning the rules for

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Universal Credit

Campaigns Universal Credit is a major reform to our welfare system which is restoring the value of work, making sure it always pays to work, and crucially, that it pays to work more. Over 800,000 people have now made a claim to Universal Credit, with an average of more than

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Campaigns: Attendance Allowance

A number of constituents have contacted me about Attendance Allowance. Government is currently considering a range of ideas for the future of local government. I welcome the fact that more power and more responsibilities are being handed to local authorities. One area which is being looked at carefully is how

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State Pension Age

As you may be aware, equalising State Pension Age was necessary to meet the UK’s obligations under EU law to eliminate gender inequalities in social security provision. The Pensions Act 1995 legislated for this to be done gradually after 2010. Following sharp increases in life expectancy projections, the Government had

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