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Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Work and Pensions: Welfare fraud update (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: Public support for our welfare system relies on there being confidence that taxpayers’ money goes to those who need it, rather than into the hands of criminals. That is why we cannot allow fraudsters to take advantage of the system or the compassion of the British people. DWP stopped an estimated £18 billion going into the wrong hands in 2022-23. Despite this, the rising tide of fraud...

Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: The time taken to process a new PIP claim fell from 26 weeks in August 2021 to 15 weeks at the end of January this year.

Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: I set out the improvement in the processing times that people have been experiencing. In fact, we are now at 15 weeks—that was the figure at the end of January —which is quicker than was the case during the pandemic. I cannot comment on the individual circumstances that the hon. Lady has identified, but I will of course be happy to look at the matter that she has raised.

Work and Pensions: Employment Levels (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: We have a near record level of employment and very low levels of unemployment, but we are not stopping there. The Chancellor announced our back to work plan in the previous statement.

Work and Pensions: Employment Levels (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: I congratulate my hon. Friend on the reduction in the number of claimants in his constituency, which I know is at least in part due to the excellent jobs fairs he assists in organising. He is right that work should pay; that is why I am very proud that mine is the party that brought in universal credit, making sure that that is exactly the case.

Work and Pensions: Employment Levels (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: I think the Government have already said they are not minded to pursue the scheme to which the hon. Gentleman refers, but that is not the same thing as saying that we do not take the issue extremely seriously. That is why we have extensive training provision such as SWAPs—the sector-based work academy programmes—and the WorkWell provision that we are rolling out, to which my hon. Friend...

Work and Pensions: State Pension Age Changes: Compensation (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: The ombudsman’s report has been laid before Parliament and it is under active and considerable consideration at the present time.

Work and Pensions: State Pension Age Changes: Compensation (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: There are a variety of opinions as to what the outcome of the ombudsman’s report should be. There are the ombudsman’s recommendations themselves, to which some people take a counter-view while others believe that there should be more by way of payments. We are potentially looking at very large sums indeed. It is important, therefore, and only fair to those on all sides of the argument,...

Work and Pensions: State Pension Age Changes: Compensation (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: I thank my hon. Friend the Father of the House for his question. I cannot prejudge the outcome of the very detailed set of considerations. He makes reference to the amounts involved, which are considerable. As I have said, it is absolutely right that we look very carefully at the conclusions of that report and listen to what Parliament has to say in that respect.

Work and Pensions: State Pension Age Changes: Compensation (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer that I have just given to the Father of the House. It has to be stressed, quite rightly, that the report was five years in the making, and that was—in part at least—due to the complexities of the matters under consideration. We are looking at those matters extremely carefully.

Work and Pensions: State Pension Age Changes: Compensation (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: I have made it clear from the Dispatch Box that there will be no undue delay in coming to conclusions on this matter.

Work and Pensions: State Pension Age Changes: Compensation (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: I have made our position extremely clear: we are considering the report and it will come back to the House in due course and without undue delay. The ombudsman has, as the hon. Gentleman indicated, invited the House to express its opinion as well. That is something that we will consider alongside the matters raised in the report.

Work and Pensions: State Pension Age Changes: Compensation (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: I simply do not accept that that is a fair assessment of the very considerable time and effort that we are putting into taking this matter extremely seriously.

Work and Pensions: Welfare Reform (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: On reforming welfare, we are increasing the incentives to work and increasing the disincentives not to work or to engage with the system, and we are looking to better target help for those who need it most.

Work and Pensions: Welfare Reform (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: I thank my hon. Friend for his question and considerable interest and knowledge in this area, and for the discussions he has held with me on these matters. As he will know, we are currently going through a 12-week consultation on how PIP can be reformed. I certainly subscribe to the view that we want to examine the issue of one size fits all and whether there are better ways of looking after...

Work and Pensions: Welfare Reform (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. Work is essential and is at the heart of the reforms we are bringing through. Indeed the Office for Budget Responsibility has assessed the impact of our measures with the work capability assessment reforms, for example, as leading to over 400,000 fewer people on those benefits by the end of the forecast period. I am very proud of that achievement...

Work and Pensions: Welfare Reform (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: The reforms we are bringing in are not a code for cuts; they are a clear, well thought through set of reforms for putting work right at the centre of people’s existence. The hon. Lady quotes the Office for Budget Responsibility. She will be aware that it believes that the measures that the Chancellor has brought in over the past three fiscal events will overall mean 300,000 more people in...

Work and Pensions: Welfare Reform (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: We are looking at modernising how the Child Maintenance Agency operates, as the hon. Lady will know. If she has specific examples of constituents who have had undue waiting times, I will be interested in putting her in touch with the relevant Minister—he serves in the other place, as the House will know—for him to consider them.

Work and Pensions: Unemployment Levels (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: We are bearing down on unemployment, not least through the sterling work of our JCP work coaches, as well as through the back to work plan that my right hon. Friend the Chancellor recently announced.

Work and Pensions: Unemployment Levels (13 Mai 2024)

Mel Stride: I thank my hon. Friend for the extraordinary work that he does locally to support people into work. He asks what support there is for those with travel challenges. The flexible support fund is there for a variety of different uses, but one is to help with exactly the issue he raises for the first three months of employment.


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