Members of the Lords, including the honorary president of the Child Poverty Action Group and a council member of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, debated what progress the government is making in rolling out Universal Credit, and what assessment they have made of its impact, in the House of Lords on Wednesday 21 December.
This was a question for short debate. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Lord Farmer (Conservative), former member of the Social Mobility Committee.
Members taking part included:
Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court (Crossbench) made his maiden speech.
Lord Freud (Conservative), minister for welfare reform, responded on behalf of the government.