What has Will Quince been doing? Spending every working day with his eyes closed?
He’s the minister in charge of Universal Credit – and when told research showed people on it were 70 per cent more likely to be in rent arrears than people on old-style Housing Benefit, he said he’d seen no evidence of it.
It’s a clear admission of incompetence.
Here’s the Mirror:
The research was from Citizens Advice, which helps run the Help to Claim service, chair Stephen Timms said.
Mr Quince said he would need to see evidence for that, “not just anecdotally but some actual data”.
He added: “The evidence we have is that it’s people coming on to Universal Credit with historic rent arrears which actually get paid off faster over time on Universal Credit,” he said.
“There is not evidence to suggest, as far as I’ve seen … that suggests that people are building up rent arrears while on Universal Credit.”
Okay, let’s see if I can find some evidence…
That should do for a start. A quick search of This Site turned up more than 100 articles.
So I doubt Will Quince’s sincerity when he says he’s seen no evidence.
Either he’s lying or he is incompetent. Either way, he should resign.