Amber Rudd has promised fellow single mums she is going to make Common Credit score work higher for them as a part of her wider root-and-branch evaluation of the controversial welfare system.



The brand new work and pensions secretary, who introduced up her two youngsters as a single mom, informed Sky Information that she was going to particularly study the influence of Common Credit score on girls and single mums, amid considerations the brand new welfare scheme was making a whole lot of hundreds of single dad and mom poorer.


In her first broadcast interview since being appointed to her new submit final week, Ms Rudd informed Sky Information that whereas Common Credit score was a “power for good”, there have been additionally some “actual issues” with it that wanted to be addressed.


Ms Rudd, talking on a go to to a job centre in south London, promised extra assist for girls – and “notably single moms” – who’ve been tougher hit than males by the rollout of Common Credit score.


She informed Sky Information: “I’ll particularly take a look at how Common Credit score impacts girls… I’ll ensure that if we have to make adjustments to assist them then we are going to.


“I had a dialog with the chief secretary [to the Treasury] this morning who additionally can be involved about ensuring that as a authorities we assist girls and I’ll ensure that that Common Credit score really does that.”


Latest analysis by the Decision Basis suppose tank discovered Common Credit score was leaving girls – and notably single mums – hundreds of kilos out of pocket.


Ladies in abusive relationships are additionally at elevated threat because the scheme may permit their controlling companions to chop off entry to money, making them financially dependent.


Ms Rudd stated she needed to handle this within the home violence invoice to verify “girls are protected” and have entry to separate funds in such conditions.


The brand new work and pensions secretary additionally stated she was going to evaluation the five-week wait time for brand new claimants to obtain their advantages; fee methods for the housing ingredient of common credit score; entry to money and the reimbursement of upfront loans.


She stated: “We have to give [claimants] extra confidence in the truth that they’ll entry money instantly.


“You already know persons are nervous about shifting from legacy advantages to Common Credit score as a result of they can not afford very often to be with out money for a number of days, per week, two weeks, three weeks.


“I’ve to ensure that they’ll believe in entry in earlier.”





The Department for Work and Pensions denied the claims

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The Division for Work and Pensions has been underneath strain over the rollout of Common Credit score



Ms Rudd additionally stated she would would search parliamentary backing to rollout the controversial welfare system, regardless of a damning report launched this week by MPs on the work and pensions choose committee demanding that any vote be delayed till the system has been improved.


She stated: “We’re urgent forward with [this vote].


“Let me let you know what that vote would additionally incorporate – extra cash for individuals with extreme disabilities. It can additionally give extra incomes energy for individuals on Common Credit score, the sum of money that was put into Common Credit score from the final funds can solely be accessed if we lay these laws.


“Folks care about accessing that extra cash. We’d like to verify we ship on that for them. I do not take something without any consideration however I hope my colleagues will see how essential that is.”


Ms Rudd’s buying checklist for additional reform comes on the heels of two huge concessions made by Chancellor Philip Hammond in final month’s funds: he delayed the complete rollout of the scheme by one other 9 months to the top of 2023, and likewise injected an extra £1.7bn into “work allowances” to assist increase the revenue for lower-paid employees.





A protester stages a food bank demonstration on Whitehall complete with tons of packaged food against the Government's Universal Credit programme on November 21, 2017

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Many claimants have suffered destitution and hardship as they’re shifted from the previous system to the brand new one



Common Credit score, which roles six “legacy” advantages into one single fee, is the most important reform within the welfare system in a technology.


However it has proved controversial, with many claimants struggling destitution and hardship as they’re shifted from the previous system to the brand new one.


The scheme is now operating at the very least 5 years not on time and has been the main focus of a sequence of rebellions in parliament as MPs demand enhancements to the system.


On Brexit, Ms Rudd informed Sky Information that it was “crucial” that parliament again the prime minister’s withdrawal settlement with the EU.


She stated: “Now we have one change of getting it by way of in December and its actually incumbent on colleagues to assist it with a view to ship the understanding that everyone desires.


“If we glance right here within the job centre, persons are reliant on a powerful economic system. We’d like that robust economic system. We’ll solely get that if we get Brexit although within the type which the prime minister delivers.”


Requested whether or not she would ever need to be the PM, Ms Rudd stated: “No, what I need to do is assist the PM.





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“I feel she’s executed a rare job over the previous few weeks and I hope she is going to proceed to take action and I hope my colleagues who’ve been pushing in these letters realise they’ve made a mistake. We have to get behind her.”


Nonetheless, the previous dwelling secretary dodged a query on whether or not she would rule herself out from operating, and stated: “What I do not rule out is backing the prime minister till we get this deal by way of – and additional.”






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