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McVey Escapes Benefit Style Sanction From House Of Commons

July 16, 2018

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

Esther McVey, secretary of state for work and pensions, escaped being given a benefits style sanction and having four weeks’ pay docked by MPs yesterday, when opposition parties failed to muster enough votes to support the move.

McVey hit the headlines following her response to the highly critical report into universal credit (UC) by the National Audit Office (NAO). Amongst other things, McVey untruthfully told MPs that the NAO has urged that the roll out of UC be speeded up, when they had actually recommended the precise opposite.

Claimants who give inaccurate information to the DWP can face sanctions and even criminal prosecution.

McVey made a very limited apology to the House of Commons after the head of the NAO published an open letter criticising McVey’s statement to MPs.

In an effort to keep the pressure on McVey, Labour introduced an opposition day motion that read:

“That this House censures the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the right hon. Member for Tatton, for her handling of the roll-out of universal credit and her response to the NAO report, Rolling Out Universal Credit; notes that the Department for Work and Pensions’ own survey of claimants published on 8 June 2018 showed that 40 per cent of claimants were experiencing financial hardship even nine months into a claim and that 20 per cent of claimants were unable to make a claim online; further censures the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for not pausing the roll-out of universal credit in the light of this evidence; and calls on the Government to reduce the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions’ ministerial salary to zero for four weeks.”

The motion failed, with 268 MPs voting in favour and 305 voting against.

You can read the Hansard record of the debate here.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 16, 2018 3:55 am

    What a load of worthless, HARMLESS, hot air blowing BS…
    From FAKERS trying to make it look like they are DOING something.

    “Hostile Environment” Hate Crime gets reported to the POLICE.
    Criminal faker MPs and BSing ‘Benefits And Work’ still pretending that they don’t know that.

    I reported the latest Torture and Hate Crime from the DWP (and their BRIBED criminal vermin accessories) to the Police yet again last week.
    Along with all their previous, that they are still covering up –

    Four days later and still JUST a few auto-replies so far –

    Here are the ones from Fester , Course of justice pervert Gauke , and their boss –


    I also got an auto-reply from a CAPITA spam-bot at South Wales Police Call-centre…

    so far they haven’t done ANYTHING else about Torture, Attempted Murder, Perverting The Course Of Justice, Misconduct In Public Office, Fraud, Forgery, Bribery , Corrupt or other improper exercise of police powers and privileges, Hate Crime etc. etc… yet.



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