Stephen questions Government record on Child Poverty

Stephen has today questioned Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd about the Government's record on Child Poverty in the Chamber of the House of Commons. Stephen was the Minister responsible for the Child Poverty Bill of 2009.

New figures show that - despite years of improvement under the Labour Government - the problem is now getting significantly worse again.

Stephen suggested that the issue could be addressed though changes in the delivery of Universal Credit - a key plank of the Government's Welfare Reform Programme.

Speaking after the exchange, Stephen said: "If the system were restructured to scrap the five week wait at the beginning of the benefit claim, countless families could be saved from sliding into the cycle of debt and destitution. Unfortunately, despite agreeing to look at this idea, the Secretary of State has not yet been responsive and I fear that, until she is, many more families will continue to suffer".