Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has called out the DWP for misinforming him about the roll-out dates in his constituency for Universal Credit.
During DWP questions, Mr Elmore said: “I’ve been told that in my constituency, Universal Credit will be taking place in March next year. It’s incorrect. According to the House of Commons Library, it’s in March, June and November. How can the public have any trust in what the government is doing with Universal Credit if they simply don’t know if they simply don’t know the dates of the roll-out within constituencies and in answers to MPs.”
In response to a Parliamentary Question tabled by Mr Elmore, Damian Hinds MP, Minister of State for Work and Pensions, stated that the roll-out of Universal Credit to the Ogmore constituency had been revised to March 2018.
Commenting on the blunder, Mr Elmore said: “It’s just ridiculous. How can anybody out there who is about to start claiming Universal Credit have any confidence in the system when ministers don’t even know the accurate dates of the roll-out. It’s utter incompetence.”
Responding for the government, Caroline Dineage MP, failed to justify the conflicting information.