Gosport MP raises questions over welfare credits

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GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage quizzed the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith over Universal Credit in Parliament yesterday.

Ms Dinenage raised questions over the impact reforms to the welfare system could have on claimants’ rent payments.

She said: ‘Could my Rt Hon Friend indicate how much flexibility there is for the way Universal Credit can be paid, for example on a weekly rather than monthly basis or allowing the housing component to be paid directly to landlords in order to protect the most vulnerable families in my constituency?’

Mr Duncan Smith stressed that change to a monthly payment given directly to the clamant was necessary to create a sense of responsibility, which helped people when they returned to work.

He added the government ‘will make absolutely certain that those who cannot manage will have fall-back options and assistance to ensure that they can pay all their relevant bills in time’.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘I greatly support the majority of these much-needed reforms, which will enhance the lives of many by ensuring that it always pays to work.

‘Yet we cannot afford to overlook the vulnerable claimants who may be unable to cope with the change to monthly payments.’