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|Feb. 27||Oral Questions||Oral Answers to Questions|
|Sep. 26||Urgent Questions||Prime Minister's Role in Creating a Safe Environment|
|Oct. 15||Written Statements||Legislative Programme|
|Oct. 08||Westminster Hall||Tata Steelworks: Newport|
|Oct. 02||Adjournment Debate||Welsh Language|
|Jan. 23||Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Senior Staff Transparency July-September 2019||Transparency|
|Jan. 23||Fifth Annual Report on the Implementation and Operation of Part 2 (Finance) of the Wales Act 2014||Policy paper|
|Jan. 10||Welsh Secretary accepts keys to new UK Government hub in Cardiff||News and Communications|
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|15 Jan 2020, 3:55 p.m.||Universal Credit: Wales||Alex Davies-Jones|
What recent assessment he has made of the economic effect on low-income families of the roll-out of universal credit in Wales.
Answer (Simon Hart)
Work is the most effective route out of poverty. Universal Credit makes it easier for people to move into work and keep more of what they earn.
We have listened to concerns and as a result ensured that claimants can access 100% advance payments on day one of a Universal Credit claim and continue to receive Housing Benefit for two weeks after transitioning.