Brexit news – live: Opposition parties call for no-confidence vote in Theresa Mays government as no-deal preparations stepped up


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Amber Rudd, the new work and pensions secretary, is making her debut at the Commons committee this morning.

Our social affairs correspondent May Bulman is watching the hearing and she has flagged up that Ms Rudd hinted there could be further delays to universal credit.

Ms Rudd told MPs: “I am enthusiastic about universal credit – I do think we can get it right. I acknowledge it’s not just tinkering – there have been problems, and I see that as the biggest challenge I’ve got.

“I would much rather every individual gets the personal attention and care than sticking to a prescribed timetable.”

Ms Rudd also admitted PIP decision-making isn’t good enough, saying: “I think we could do better in terms of the waiting time for assessment.

“And I do have concerns about the number of appeals that get through – ie a lot, and that indicates that maybe those earlier decisions could be better made. I very much take your point that it’s a lot to put people through and we need to get a higher rate of success.”

Later on, Ms Rudd cast doubt over UC: “It is changing, but we are only at the foothills in some respects, so I’m cautious about saying it’s coping well enough to be absolutely clear about how successful it’s going to be in the next few years.”

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