Ms. Rudd said that it was "absolutely clear" that there had been deployment problems and indicated that the impossibility of accessing money by people " has resulted in an increase in the use of food banks ".
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Labor MP Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West) asked questions about the impact of deployment on DWP questions in the House of Commons.
The DWP Secretary said, "We are committed to putting in place a strong safety net where people need it.
"It is quite clear that the initial roll-out of universal credit has been problematic and that the main problem that led to an increase in the use of food banks could have been the fact that people had difficulty obtaining their credit. money early enough.
"We have changed the access to universal credit so that people can get advances. So there is a legacy after two weeks of housing allowance, and we think this will facilitate the use of food banks. "
When asked later whether Theresa May agreed with the Secretary of Labor and Pensions' assessment of the impact of CUs on the use of food banks, the official spokesman for the Prime Minister said at a press conference in Westminster: "We have long recognized the initial launch of Universal Credit.
That's why we listened and made improvements, such as extending advances, eliminating waiting days, and implementing housing benefits.
"These changes provide support for vulnerable people who need it the most, while helping people find work faster."
Hodgson, Co-Chair of the Children's Future Food Inquiry, told the House of Commons that her investigations of families struggling to feed their children showed that the deployment had left them "worse, not better."
She said, "It's complex, but they tell me that universal credit just makes things worse.
"Will she join me in April at the launch of this report and will she urgently tackle child food insecurity?"
Ms. Rudd responded positively by stating, "I am just as engaged as she is in the fight against food insecurity, especially for children.
"I believe and hope that the changes we made to access the first funds will have the effect of reducing food insecurity, but of course I will be interested early on in the report that it produces and I can not wait to see him. "
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen (North West of Leicestershire) said the inherited social welfare system meant that "a person who receives benefits who loses his job could lose up to £ 9 on every £ 10 earned, no incentive to work? "
Ms. Rudd thanked her colleague for pointing out the problems with the previous system, which she described as "a real failure", and said that the new system "would ensure that the work will always be profitable".
Ms Rudd told MEPs that she would "consider" a proposal to ensure that people with a terminal illness are "properly treated" with respect to personal independence payments.