Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has today pressed DWP ministers over the protection of victims of domestic abuse.
Ms Jardine welcomed the Government’s recognition of the risks posed to vulnerable women and children by paying Universal Credit to only one member of a household.
The Work and Pensions Secretary admitted that the system needed to be changed in a series of major U-turns on Universal Credit last week.
Today in the House of Commons Ms Jardine pressed the welfare minister to outline how DWP officials would now identify the main caregiver in a household, and what else is the Department is doing to protect Universal Credit claimants from being victims of domestic violence or other forms of coercion.
Following the exchange Ms Jardine commented:
“Finally the Government has seen sense and recognised the risk posed to women and children by paying universal credit to only one member of each household.
“But we now need them to come forward with more details on exactly how the main care giver will be identified.
“Given that the DWP has a front-line role in dealing with the most vulnerable in society, the department has a responsibility to do more to protect universal credit claimants from being victims of domestic abuse.”