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Written Answers — House of Lords: Children: Day Care (28 July 2014)

Lord Freud: ...investing in childcare in Universal Credit. Universal Credit will cover childcare costs for families where the lone parent or both parents in a couple work any hours, whereas Tax Credits childcare support is only payable past 16 hours worked per week. At Budget '14 the Government announced an increase in the rate of childcare support in Universal Credit from 70% (as per the current system)...

European Union Committee: Report on 2013-14 (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014)

Lord Bowness: ...expertise are not to be decimated. The report looks forward as well as looking back, and one of the important activities of the committee will continue to be the sessions held with the ambassador of the incoming presidency and with the Minister for Europe. I suggest that that is an opportunity where the committee, on behalf of the whole House, is able not just to react to Government and...

Agriculture and Food Industry — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Northover: ...brought forward the agri-tech strategy, which was mentioned by many noble Lords. However, as my noble friend Lord Selborne and the noble Lord, Lord Curry, pointed out, we cannot be complacent. The strategy was launched to support the agri-food sector, providing the UK food and farming industry with opportunities to increase productivity, grow the economy and give UK businesses a...

Health: Organic Food — Question for Short Debate (24 July 2014)

Baroness Jolly: ...five or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day, with average consumption only 4.1 portions a day. Intakes of salt, sugar and saturated fat all exceed maximum recommended levels. We know that lower-income groups consume less fruit and vegetables than higher-income groups. Results from the latest report of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey show that only 24% of adults in the...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (23 July 2014)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames: ...health, harsh and criminal backgrounds, dysfunctional families and, above all, a lack of employment opportunities. What such offenders need, as has again been repeatedly stated, is rehabilitation and support. Generally, we are all agreed in this House that where a custodial sentence is not absolutely necessary, rehabilitation and support should take place in the community. One of the...

Wales Bill — Second Reading (22 July 2014) See 9 other results from this debate

Baroness Randerson: ...through safely in the time that we have left in this Parliament. It is very important to me personally that we ensure that that is done because across the Chamber today I have noted very strong support for the Bill in general terms. I am a devolutionary enthusiast but I am also a pragmatist, and I realise that in some ways the timetable is not ideal. As several noble Lords have mentioned,...

Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Backbench Business — Summer Adjournment (22 July 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Tom Brake: .... He paraded his working-class origins, although he said that having served as long as he has in this House he probably cannot claim that any more. He talked about cycling, of which I am also a great supporter. He thought that we needed a cycling champion, but I think we have at least a couple in Chris Hoy and Sir Bradley Wiggins. He thinks that we perhaps need other cycling champions. He...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Preston (22 July 2014)

Steve Webb: ...by agents or callers. The current Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) policy is that all calls should be free to our 0800 numbers to claim: State pension; Pension credit; Jobseekers' allowance; Income support; Employment support allowance; and, Personal independence payment. It is free to call DWP 0800 numbers from all major landline providers. DWP continues to have agreements with 02,...

Written Answers — Health: Health Services (22 July 2014)

Jane Ellison: ...and other sectors to address them. We established Public Health England (PHE) to provide leadership, and to protect and improve the public's health and well-being and reduce health inequalities. It supports action on health inequalities at local and national level by promoting good practice and building on the evidence of 'what works'. We have recently published ‘Living Well for...

Written Answers — Education: Haberdashers' Aske's Federation Trust (22 July 2014)

Edward Timpson: The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation Trust retains income to cover the costs of central services, which are attributable to all academies within the multi-academy trust. In 2012/13, this equated to 2.16 million. For the years in question, the amounts defrauded from the trust were: 2010-11: 1,047,788 (3.33% of income) 2011-12: 914,316 (1.66% of income) 2012-13: 0...

Written Ministerial Statements — Communities and Local Government: Local Government Finance (22 July 2014)

Kris Hopkins: I am today announcing the start of a technical consultation setting out proposals on the distribution of revenue support grant to local authorities in 2015-16 in order to deliver the local government finance settlement in the autumn. These proposals affect around half of total revenue spending power for councils in England but make only minor changes to the illustrative figures for 2015-16...

Written Ministerial Statements — Energy and Climate Change: Future Fuel Poverty Framework (22 July 2014)

Edward Davey: ...warm” seeks to explain how we will implement policy in a way that reflects our framework principles. This means trying to help those with the highest energy costs first and foremost, driving cost-effective interventions and supporting those most vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home. We seek views on how we can improve the design and delivery of policy in order to try...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Child Care (21 July 2014)

Sam Gyimah: ...on children’s development and educational attainment, and is a driver of social mobility. That is why we are driving up standards through a stronger inspection framework and focusing local authority support on weaker providers, improving the skills and status of the work force and investing 50 million through a new early years pupil premium, which will benefit 170,000 three and...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Pensions (21 July 2014)

Lord Deighton: ...people to be equipped and ready to make informed decisions. The right to free and impartial guidance I announced at the Budget will empower savers and ensure that they are clear on their retirement income options before they make any decisions about what to do with their savings. Given the need for guidance to be trusted by savers, I can confirm today that the guidance guarantee will be...

Written Ministerial Statements — Treasury: Pensions (21 July 2014)

George Osborne: ...people to be equipped and ready to make informed decisions. The right to free and impartial guidance I announced at the Budget will empower savers and ensure that they are clear on their retirement income options before they make any decisions about what to do with their savings. Given the need for guidance to be trusted by savers, I can confirm today that the guidance guarantee will be...

Written Answers — Health: Universal Credit (21 July 2014)

Daniel Poulter: Healthy Start currently supports approximately half a million pregnant women and children under four in families claiming income based benefits and tax credits. Our intention is to ensure that a broadly similar number, and range, of universal credit families will qualify for Healthy Start in future. We are currently discussing with the Department for Work and Pensions the options for...

Vince Morgan (17 July 2014)

Andrew Selous: ...organisations are properly involved in pre-release planning. I would like to say a few words about families, about which the right hon. Gentleman rightly spoke. We know the importance of family contact and support to prisoners. Phone calls and visits with family and friends make a huge contribution to prisoners’ well-being. Close family members who are on low incomes can apply for...

Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill — Committee (17 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Taylor of Holbeach: ...in Parliament, and with the public in the larger world, about this issue. The Government do not take lightly the requirement for fast-track legislation, but we have taken this forward with the support of the Opposition, and we have included in it an absolute sunset clause, as is right and appropriate. This is so that Parliament can return to the issue after all the other issues have been...

Poverty and Social Exclusion — Question (17 July 2014)

Lord Freud: The previous Government put through the Child Poverty Act, which we on this side of the House supported. It is based on some research that comes out regularly on households below average income. That came out last week, and it showed that the proportion of children in relative poverty is at its lowest level since the mid-1980s.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Affordable Warmth Programme (17 July 2014)

Edward Davey: .... There is a strong correlation between the characteristics of fuel poor households (under all of the definitions of fuel poverty currently used in Great Britain) and the eligibility criteria for support help under ECO Affordable Warmth. By the end of April 2014, Affordable Warmth had delivered over 334,000 heating and energy efficiency measures to low-income and vulnerable households....

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