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Rudd urged to halt universal credit roll-out

AMBER RUDD was urged to halt the roll-out of universal credit today as she returned to the Commons as Work and Pensions Secretary.

The former home secretary, who quit over the Windrush scandal, returned to the dispatch box in her new role after replacing Esther McVey.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Margaret Greenwood said: “Thus far, the government has been determined to press ahead with the next phase of the roll-out, despite clear warnings from over 80 organisations working with disabled people who’ll be affected.

“Many people could fall out of the social security system altogether and be at risk of destitution.

“So will the new Secretary of State end the government state of denial and scrap the managed migration regulations and stop the roll-out of universal credit?”

Ms Rudd acknowledged there are “problems” with universal credit and pledged to improve the welfare reform project.

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