I am supporting Independent Age’s campaign to ensure that older people receive their Pension Credit.
Recent figures published by Independent Age show that an estimated 1,749 older people in Delyn are missing out on a combined £4,468,000 every year.
The campaign is calling on the UK Government see at least 75% of eligible people receive the Pension Credit by the end of 2020, at least 95% by the end of 2022, and 100% by 2025.
Pension Credit is an income-related benefit made up of 2 parts – Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit.
Guarantee Credit tops up your weekly income if its below £167.25 (for single people) or £255.25 (for couples).
Savings Credit is an extra payment for people who saved some money towards their retirement, for example a pension.
In Wales, 80,000 people are missing out on £214million. Read more “Pension Credit”
The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions came to the House of Commons to deliver the devastating news that poverty was on the rise to 3.7million people and a rise in child poverty in particular.
I raised how some wards in Delyn have a child poverty rate over 40% and how unemployment continues to rise/ The UK Government have not got a grip on this and are presiding over a disastrous work and pensions policy.
I have continued to press the Secretary of State for the utter shambles that is Universal Credit.
I am particularly concerned of an flaw in the system whereby a woman who is in employment, but for less than the 26 weeks needed for Statutory Maternity Pay from their employer is placed on Maternity Allowance. She will be no worse off at this point, but when she goes to apply for Universal Credit, Maternity Pay is counted as an unemployment subsidy and therefore doesn’t qualify women for the full entitlement of Universal Credit. People are worse off because of Universal Credit.
The UK Government need to learn that this new benefit is not working and they must rethink how it is implemented. Let us not forget that independent analysis shows that women are living with 87% of the burden of austerity under this government.
The Labour Party put forward a motion to the Commons that the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey MP, should be docked 4 weeks wages for her failure to tell the truth to Parliament We think it is only right that the Secretary of State is treated the same way as someone on Universal Credit who makes an error and completes a form incorrectly – they lose 4 weeks of pay so she should too.
I am deeply concerned that the Secretary of State not only lied to the Commons in response to two of my questions, but she is seemingly continuing to misleading the House now.
She said that she realised she made a mistake after my question, but it then took her 48 hours to come to the House to apologise. It is looking likely that this was not the case and the only reason why she came to the Commons was because she had been found out by the National Audit Office. I am going to continue to work with my Frontbench colleagues to ensure that we get to the bottom of this.