DUP MP asks Nokes about toll of dole cuts on mothers

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East Londonderry DUP MP Gregory Campbell has asked Junior Benefits Minister Caroline Nokes what she will do to protect young mothers from damaging losses of income as a result of welfare reform.

The Secretary of State for Welfare Delivery told the East Londonderry MP that one step she is taking is investing in free childcare to help get more young mothers into work.

Speaking in Westminster during a debate on the disproportionate impact the Government’s welfare policies are having on women, Mr Campbell said: “The Minister will be aware of the continuing concern across the United Kingdom about the welfare reform proposals as they impinge particularly on women with young families.”

The East Londonderry MP asked: “Will she keep under review that continuing concern, right across the entire country, to ensure that there is no continuing disadvantage to females, particularly those with young families?”

Ms Nokes said the policy is to get more young mothers into work and keep them there.

“The hon. Gentleman makes an important point about women with families. “The Government’s investment in childcare support - the ​doubling of free childcare from 15 to 30 hours for nearly 400,000 working parents of three and four-year-olds from September 2017 - is an example of how we are making sure that women get back into work,” the Minister stated.