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Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (9 February 2015)

Impact on low income taxpayers of the changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme and the Council Tax Reduction Scheme – Lord Beecham. Oral Questions

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (Continued) (27 January 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Baroness Drake: My Lords, this amendment addresses the need for the Government to make savers aware of the interplay between pension freedoms, entitlement to income-related benefits and assessment for care and support. Pension reforms give rise to a significant risk that those with modest incomes will be overtaxed when they take cash out of their pensions—a concern shared by the FCA, the Pensions...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland) Bill (27 January 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Shabana Mahmood: ...to compete with the Republic—given the sharing of a land border—would enable Northern Ireland’s economy to be rebalanced more quickly, and would lead to sustained economic growth. Labour Members are committed to supporting measures that increase inward investment in Northern Ireland and support the rebalancing of its economy, and we acknowledge that the devolution of...

British Nationals in Goa — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (27 January 2015)

Tim Loughton: ...the UK at the time, renewing their visas—before 17 September, but the appeal went ahead in their absence. The ruling from that appeal was that the argument they put forward was incomplete, despite their having provided comprehensive documentation in support. A further hearing date was set for 26 September, and they were subsequently told that on top of the bribe, they might have to...

Pension Schemes Bill: Report (27 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Bradley: I am very grateful to the Minister for that reply. I thank my noble friends Lady Drake and Lord Hutton, and the noble Baroness, Lady Greengross, for their support for this amendment. The Minister responded well to the three questions I raised. While I accept that he is not a betting man, I also accept that his assurances that the board will approve these proposals, that they are not...

Commonwealth Immigration and Visas — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (27 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Karen Bradley: ...on both sides of the House that access to welfare payments for non-UK nationals should not come without the responsibility of having contributed to the system. The immigration system plays a strong part in supporting growth and meeting the needs of UK businesses. Migrant workers can fill skills gaps in our labour market and help to boost our economy. However, as the economic recovery...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: National Insurance (27 January 2015)

George Osborne: We increased the employer’s threshold when we came into office to reverse the damage done by the jobs tax increase proposed by the previous Labour Government. We have used the personal income tax allowance as the best method of lifting people out of income tax. It stands at 10,600, and our long-term economic plan proposes to raise it to 12,500. I am happy to work with the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Tax Credits and Employment (27 January 2015)

Priti Patel: Let us put this into some context. For a start, tax credit spending rocketed under the previous Government and throughout this Parliament we have made it abundantly clear that we support those with low incomes. Let us not forget either that the impact of Labour’s great recession is still being felt. We continue to help people with the cost of living through the increases in personal...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Employment in Wales (27 January 2015)

Chris Evans: ...further consideration. We need to build self-sufficiency in the welfare system. In the UK as a whole, 60% of households receive more in benefits than they pay in tax, so they are net recipients of state support. That is, in part, the result of the tax credits introduced under the previous Labour Government which, in an attempt to tackle low pay and to eradicate relative income poverty for...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals (27 January 2015)

Esther McVey: Over the last year, the UK Government has introduced a number of restrictions to benefits which are designed to ensure that our welfare system focusses support towards those who have come to the UK and are contributing to our economy. Since December 2013 EEA nationals have had to take a stronger, more robust Habitual Residence Test (HRT) if they want to claim income-related benefits. If...

Museums: Funding — Question for Short Debate (26 January 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Viscount Eccles: ...163;2.5 million will leave the Bowes operating far below its potential; 25% of 2.5 million is more than 600,000, whereas the museum expects less than 400,000 this year. Meanwhile, the Bowes has increased its income and raised money from charitable trusts and from Arts Council-sponsored programmes. It is a Catalyst participant and has crowdfunded through Kickstarter and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Access to Benefits (26 January 2015)

Iain Duncan Smith: ...area who choose to come here without a job to start will not be able to access universal credit. We have introduced several restrictions to benefits to ensure that our welfare system focuses support on those who are contributing to the economy. These include strengthening the habitual residency test, banning access to housing benefit for new EEA jobseekers, and introducing a three-month...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Employment Tribunals Service (26 January 2015)

Michael Penning: ...questions together as they are seeking information on the costs and benefits of running the employment tribunals. Jadu Ltd was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Justice to establish, and support, a digital exemplar service including an online form and a payment system for employment tribunals in February 2013. That contract was for 1.2m including VAT and provided delivery of...

Economy and City Link: Coventry (23 January 2015)

Jim Cunningham: ...on. That brings me to the bigger picture, which is that the Government are throwing taxpayers’ money at subsidising companies that pay low wages. We are seeing people pushed off JSA to become self-employed, often earning very little indeed and needing substantial income support. There is no training, support or career development—it is all about being able to keep unemployment...

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill: Second Reading (23 January 2015) See 11 other results from this debate

Baroness Northover: ...of programmes over a number of years are essential to securing good development outcomes. That is why we have committed to budgets over four years and why a Bill such as this, which commits us to spending 0.7% of our national income, is so important. There is otherwise the risk that the international development budget will fluctuate and fail to provide our partners with certainty when...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Parking: Fees and Charges (23 January 2015)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: The figures published by the RAC Foundation are based on data returns published by my Department. Council returns’ suggest that profit (“net income”) on parking services was 635 million in 2013-14. Penalty charge income from on-street parking was 343 million. The RAC Foundation observe that some councils’ operational costs have fallen due to greater...

Church of England Pensions (Amendment) Measure — Motion to Direct (22 January 2015)

The Bishop of Derby: ...use the capital of their general fund in order to fund their historic pension obligations. The Pensions Measure 1997 conferred the original power on the commissioners to spend capital in order to support their responsibility to pay pensions for clergy service before 1998. The original power came to an end in 2004, and has been extended twice since then, on each occasion for seven years....

Scotland: Draft Legislation — Statement (22 January 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord McAvoy: ...powers agreed by the Smith commission will be delivered, and the next Labour Government will include a new Scotland Bill in our first Queen’s Speech. Labour created the Scottish Parliament in 1999, we supported more powers for the Parliament in 2012, and we will create a powerhouse Parliament with these new powers when we are in government. Labour made it clear at the outset of the...

Local Government Finance Settlement — Motion to Take Note (22 January 2015) See 6 other results from this debate

Lord McKenzie of Luton: ...on innovative city deals. As we have heard, the settlement funding assessment is to reduce by 13.9% on average in 2015-16. This comprises the local share of business rates and the revenue support grant, which itself is to reduce by 27%. This means a real-terms cut of 2.6 billion next year, contributing to 20 billion of savings required of councils by the end of next year. It...

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