Stephen presses Government to review 5-week wait

On Monday in the Chamber, Stephen pressed Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to review the 5-week wait for those moving onto Universal Credit.

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In response, Amber Rudd emphasised certain transitional arrangements that the Government has put in place.

Speaking after the exchange, Stephen said: 'The transitional arrangements mentioned by the Secretary of State are not good enough and not working. They amount to a loan offered by the Government to people who will struggle desperately to pay it back. The result has been that those who are already amongst the most vulnerable in society are falling further into debt and - as the Trussell Trust has shown - becoming more dependent on foodbanks. This is simply indefensible and I call on the Government to mount an urgent review'.