Yesterday I asked a question to Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about the implementation of the Benefit Cap in Croydon. You can read the full debate online.
Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central, Conservative)
As the Secretary of State confirmed, Croydon will be one of the first places where this policy is rolled out. May I thank Lord Freud, who is the Minister responsible for welfare reform, and the housing Minister for meeting me to discuss this? Will my right hon. Friend confirm that his Department will work closely with my local authority to ensure that this important policy is implemented smoothly?
Iain Duncan Smith (Secretary of State, Work and Pensions; Chingford and Woodford Green, Conservative)
I say to my hon. Friend and to all hon. Members and hon. Friends whose areas are affected by the roll-out that we are in deep discussions with all those councils. Jobcentre Plus will be working hugely with each of them, advising, helping and supporting them - in many senses, giving them more support than is necessarily likely to be the case when the national roll-out follows the pilot programmes.