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Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprentices: Minimum Wage (3 July 2015)

Jo Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of apprentices not paid the minimum wage since 2010; and what the (a) age, (b) gender and (c) parliamentary constituency was of each such apprentice.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprentices (3 July 2015) See 1 other result from this answer

Liam Byrne: (a) breaking their contract in Level 2 and Level 3 courses of study, (b) treating the Level 3 study as a new contract, (c) failing to maintain pay at the basic apprenticeship national minimum wage and (d) failing to progress the apprentice's wage entitlement as a second year apprentice.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprentices: Minimum Wage (3 July 2015)

Liam Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many second year apprentices aged 19 are earning the national minimum wage in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

Women and Equalities: Gender Pay Gap (2 July 2015)

Nicky Morgan: The hon. Lady raises an important point. The Government have made it clear that we would like employers to consider paying the living wage, but it has to be the right decision for them. We have made moves to increase the minimum wage, and we have increased the level at which people start to pay income tax, which has disproportionately affected women.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Minimum Wage: EU Nationals (2 July 2015)

David Nuttall: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what forms of local and central government support are available to an EU national working on the minimum wage other than tax credits.

Childcare Bill [HL] — Committee (1st Day) (1 July 2015)

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch: ...their own. The Government have so far reached a definition of working parents without conducting any consultation on or assessment of how many children would miss out on the Bill’s provisions. At Second Reading, the Minister stated that a working parent is a parent who works a minimum of eight hours per week. Then in the policy statement issued later, he added an important detail...

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Equal Pay and the Gender Pay Gap (1 July 2015) See 4 other results from this debate

Melanie Onn: I shall come to that point shortly. If I can just make some progress—I have been dying to say that—to tackle unequal pay, it is imperative that we tackle the low-skill, low-wage economy that is particularly detrimental to women. Much of the success of the previous Labour Government was down to the introduction of the minimum wage. With 27% of women earning less than the living...

Operational Productivity in NHS Providers — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (1 July 2015)

Michael Weir: ...Scottish Government’s action. However, we still face inflationary pressures arising from demographic changes and increasing drugs and staff costs, which mean that NHS boards will need to make a minimum of 3% efficiency savings just to break even. I was interested in what the hon. Gentleman said about the many issues faced by the NHS, particularly in England. I understand that much of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Child Poverty (1 July 2015) See 5 other results from this debate

Iain Duncan Smith: ...what we are trying to address in raising the thresholds and planning to raise them again to over 12,600. We have taken millions of people out of paying tax. We also targeted this by raising the minimum wage, which will rise again to 6.70. I have made it very clear that I personally want the minimum wage to rise even further. This Government are determined, through the...

Scotland Bill: Clause 26 — Employment support (30 June 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Ian Murray: ...Scotland and the Wise Group, are in favour of its devolution to Scotland. Finally, amendment 10 would allow for the introduction of a jobs guarantee providing a temporary job paying at least the minimum wage to provide a route back into employment for young people or people who have been out of work for more than two years. It is similar to the jobs guarantee in our manifesto at the...

Scotland Bill: Clause 24 — Universal credit: costs of claimants who rent accommodation (30 June 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Eilidh Whiteford: If the hon. Gentleman is proposing that we start paying people a living wage and ensuring that people can actually live on the minimum wage, I could not agree with him more. Fundamentally, until we have living wages, those in low and middle-income families will always live below the breadline and struggle to make ends meet. Those 12 organisations posed a fundamental challenge. As we begin...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Low-skilled Jobs (30 June 2015)

Christina Rees: The Welsh Labour Government have created more than 17,000 job opportunities for 16 to 24-year-olds to develop skills and earn the minimum wage through their flagship scheme Jobs Growth Wales. Some 82% have been taken on by private firms, which has led to apprenticeships, further education and permanent work. Jobs Growth Wales has also enabled more than 270 young entrepreneurs to start new...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (30 June 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Paul Maynard: Low-paid workers in my constituency will have been pleased to see the first above-inflation rise in the minimum wage since the financial crash, but what more can the Government do to encourage employers to pay the living wage where affordable?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Pay (29 June 2015)

Tobias Ellwood: No direct employees of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are paid less than the living wage. Agency Workers are engaged through a managed service contract. The minimum hourly rates paid are greater than the Living Wage. A complete record on the pay arrangements for staff employed by companies contracted to provide services to the FCO is not held centrally.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Department of Health: Pay (29 June 2015)

Jane Ellison: No civil servants employed by the ‘core’ Department or its executive agencies: Public Health England and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency are paid less than the Living Wage. In line with Cabinet Office advice, the Department and its executive agencies do not require their contracted companies to pay their employees the local Living Wage. ...

National Gallery Industrial Dispute (25 June 2015)

Ed Vaizey: ...wholly unsustainable situation. As has been mentioned, the National Gallery engaged with its staff and the unions for five months, in an attempt to increase flexibility, introduce new working patterns and guarantee a minimum level of service at all times. As part of that process, a basic salary above the London living wage was offered as a minimum for all staff. After that extended period...

[Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] — Older Industrial Areas: Economic Disparities (25 June 2015)

Toby Perkins: .... Under this Government, work alone no longer pays enough to allow people the dignity of being able to feed their family. More than 5 million people are now in low-paid jobs, and more than 250,000 are estimated to earn less than the national minimum wage. The problem of low pay has got significantly worse under this Government. Not only has the national minimum wage fallen in real terms...

Child Poverty — Statement (25 June 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: ...It is already true that more than half the children who are in poverty have a parent already in work. Work for them is not the route out of poverty. The obvious response is to seek to increase the minimum wage to a living wage level, but even so, families will still need tax credits to make work pay. Can the Minister not accept that the proposed working tax credit cuts will not only...

Energy and Climate Change: Child Poverty (25 June 2015) See 5 other results from this debate

Chris Leslie: ...answer to the House today: does he remain committed to the Child Poverty Act or not? Do not the Government need a serious strategy to address low pay and boost productivity? They should be providing incentives for a living wage and new opportunities for high-quality skills, as a more positive route out of poverty. But what does this Secretary of State do when faced with an end to the...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Northern Ireland Office: Pay (25 June 2015)

Theresa Villiers: My Department does not directly employ any members of staff on an hourly rate below that set by the Living Wage Foundation. In my Department’s Belfast office, there are 12 staff working for companies contracted by the Department. Of these staff, 11 are paid less than the hourly Living Wage set by the Living Wage Foundation for employees outside London, but are paid above the minimum...

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