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Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Living Wage (10 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Andrew George: Provided that it does not undermine fair trade or UK competitiveness, a significant increase in the minimum wage would clearly be both desirable and the right thing to do. But will my right hon. Friend look particularly at the care sector, where I fear there is a race to the bottom as a result of there simply being a floor where the minimum wage has been set?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (10 April 2014)

Julie Hilling: ...they claim to have created, not even how many of them are new jobs rather than simply a transfer from the public sector, so why will the Secretary of State not tell us how many of these jobs are minimum wage, unpaid or zero-hours?

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Minimum Wage (10 April 2014)

Chuka Umunna: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of rates of national minimum wage non-compliance in each (a) sector and (b) region; what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people of each gender who are paid below the national minimum wage; and what information on such people is (i) collected and (ii) held.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: New Clause 5 — Bank payroll tax (9 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Alison McGovern: ...—financial services—is not the approach we should take, far from it, it does not mean that inequality is not a serious issue. I do not think that the inequalities in the financial services sector will pass by the people who earn the minimum wage cleaning a local bank branch and who are worried about whether that branch will be there for much longer or those who, if they are...

Income Distribution and Taxation (9 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Nicky Morgan: ...has continued to strengthen this year. Record numbers of people are in work. Employment increased by 396,000 over 2013 and was 574,000 above its pre-recession peak in the final quarter of last year. Wage inequality for all employees is also reducing. In 2013, the 90:10 ratio, a common measure of inequality, showed that wages at the top were 3.9 times higher than wages at the bottom, a...

Rural Crime — [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] (9 April 2014)

Huw Irranca-Davies: ...constituency to the hon. Gentleman’s, within the past year a large group of Lithuanian workers were seized, found living in the most appalling portakabin-style accommodation. They were not being paid the minimum wage, deductions were being made from their pay left, right and centre, and they were being kept in the most appalling conditions by an illegal, illegitimate gangmaster. The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Clause 11 — Tax relief for married couples and civil partners (9 April 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Ian Swales: ...communicating the details of the policy clearly enough for the young people about whom he is talking to understand whether it affects them or not? Many of them—for example, couples earning the minimum wage—will not be affected by it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: New Clause 1 — Childcare provision (8 April 2014)

Meg Hillier: ...work. I am a London Member, and the new clause would particularly benefit people in London, because child care costs in London are inevitably higher. The costs of premises are higher. Although there is a minimum wage, child carers are rightly paid more, and in London their wages will be higher than in other parts of the country. Research by child care site Findababysitter.com found that a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: New Clause 4 — Report on increasing the additional rate of income tax to 50% (8 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

David Gauke: ...me to explain how these changes will help the Government to meet their objectives. When this Government came to office, the personal allowance was only 6,475. In 2010, everyone, including those working on the national minimum wage, had to pay income tax at the basic rate on incomes above this low threshold. Let me give an example of what this meant in practice. Someone working...

Pensions Bill — Commons Reason (8 April 2014)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: ...people have lived into retirement, as mothers have joined the labour force, as grandparents in their 50s have become carers of even frailer parents in their 80s, so governments over the years have credited those in unwaged work—mainly women—into the NI system. Noble Lords—many of whom are here today—have helped enormously to make all that possible. However, though...

Military Credit Union — [Mrs Linda Riordan in the Chair] (8 April 2014)

Gareth Thomas: ...commander of the US second fleet. Other significant military credit unions in the US include the Air Force Federal credit union, which charges no fees on its regular savings and cheque accounts. It requires a minimum deposit of only $5 and, for example, offers 60-month car loans with an annual percentage rate, or APR, of only 1.6%. The Pentagon Federal credit union has 1.2 million members...

Armed Forces — Question for Short Debate (7 April 2014)

Lord Astor of Hever: ...resilience to cyberattack. Defence takes cybersecurity extremely seriously. Across the UK as a whole cyber skills are in short supply. The best way to address this is through a mixture of Regular and Reserve forces. The noble Baroness, Lady Dean, asked about working hours and the minimum wage. We have worked to ensure that the sacrifices and dedication of our personnel are recognised. They...

Written Answers — Business, Innovation and Skills: Minimum Wage (7 April 2014)

Gloria De Piero: ..., Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) people, (b) men and (c) women were in (i) work, (ii) full-time work and (iii) part-time work in each constituency earn the national minimum wage; and what those figures were in each year since 2010.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions (7 April 2014)

Gordon Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of whether an individual on the minimum wage for a full working lifetime will receive a higher retirement income under the new single tier pension system than under the existing pension system.

Immigration Bill — Report (2nd Day) (Continued) (3 April 2014)

Lord Taylor of Holbeach: ...we are, the Government are committed to protecting the rights of UK workers. We have said that, and as I said in Committee, the Government have already taken tougher action against abuse of the national minimum wage, both as regards its enforcement and by increasing the financial penalty for breaches. We are taking a more robust approach to the employers of illegal workers, including...

Scottish Parliament: Cabinet (Meetings) (3 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Nicola Sturgeon: ...the Government that Willie Rennie supports is making the poorest in our society worse off. I do not agree with that and am deeply concerned about it. I am also deeply concerned by the fact that, for example, the minimum wage has not kept pace with the rate of inflation. Had it kept pace with the rate of inflation over the past few years, the poorest and the lowest paid in our society would...

Development: Post-2015 Agenda — Question for Short Debate (2 April 2014)

Lord Collins of Highbury: ...shift in aid delivery. In education, the challenge then becomes not just universal provision but a focus on quality. In trade, it is not merely the provision of jobs but of labour market policies that allow for the role of trade unions, a minimum wage and measures to tackle the growing informal economy. With decisions on the post-2015 agenda fast approaching, we are reaching a critical...

Asian Restaurateurs (Immigration Enforcement) (2 April 2014)

Karen Bradley: ...put their livelihoods at risk and place themselves in the hands of people who exploit them. Illegal working also undercuts legitimate businesses, as rogue employers typically undercut the national minimum wage and avoid national insurance contributions. The Government take, and will continue to take, tough enforcement action to arrest, detain and forcibly remove those who are breaking the...

Minimum Wage (Increase) (2 April 2014)

Minimum Wage (Increase)

Bill Presented: Finance (No. 2) Bill (1 April 2014) See 13 other results from this debate

Shabana Mahmood: ...at the tail end of this Parliament to put right that bad decision. My hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow North East (Mr Bain) reminded the House of two anniversaries: 15 years ago today the national minimum wage came into effect; and a year ago today the Government introduced the bedroom tax. That is a clear example of the big differences in the values and priorities of those on the...

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