Discussing Universal Credit and the chronic poverty inquiry

Work and Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd MP has given an update about the rollout of Universal Credit and the possibility of making split payments for claimants more available. Heidi Allen MP welcomed the efforts to find solutions which will work for all and protect vulnerable claimants.

During an interview on BBC’s World at One, Heidi spoke about Amber’s comments and also the joint inquiry with Frank Field MP into chronic poverty in the UK.

The main objective of the inquiry is to gain evidence on how and why the face of poverty is changing in our communities, to gauge the severity of destitution in each area, and to seek ideas for a reform programme to protect people from hunger and homelessness.

Commenting on the launch of the inquiry, Heidi said: ‘Our inquiries through the Work and Pensions Select Committee and projects we are implementing with Feeding Britain, provide us with regular insights into poverty. The focus of these visits is to expose the nature of this poverty in its entirety, understand what causes it, and most importantly, identify what needs to be done to address it.’