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Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (28 November 2014)

Low Pay Commission (National Minimum Wage) Bill - Second reading – Dan Jarvis. Legislation

Backbench Business: Devolution and the Union (20 November 2014)

Angus Robertson: Scotland should be halted to ensure that the practical ability to devolve individual benefits is not compromised. Employment and employability policy, including responsibility for setting the minimum wage and all employability programmes, should also be devolved. Equal opportunities and the equality policy should be devolved. I could go on, because there are many further powers that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Minimum Wage/Living Wage (20 November 2014)

Minimum Wage/Living Wage

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprenticeships (20 November 2014)

Nicholas Boles: Of course the hon. Gentleman is right, which is why we introduced the apprenticeship minimum wage, which did not exist until we did so, but he is also right that we need to make sure that the level is fair. Nevertheless, the chief value of an apprenticeship for the young person is the training and the preparation it gives them to create a career, so we need to strike the right balance: we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Salary Deductions (Toilet Breaks) (20 November 2014)

Jo Swinson: ...have rights to rest breaks, which there is a requirement for under law, and if deductions are made from pay, they have to be very clearly outlined—and if they take somebody below the national minimum wage, the employer could find themselves in breach of that law. I very much encourage the hon. Lady’s constituent to seek advice from the pay and work rights helpline on 0800 917...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (20 November 2014)

Jo Swinson: year 2013-14, there were 12 permanent members of staff working in EAS in BIS. In November 2013, nine permanent staff went on loan to HMRC to assist with enforcing non-payment of National Minimum Wage, including in the recruitment sector.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Minimum Wage (20 November 2014)

Lord Jopling: To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 29 October (HL 2219), whether they have any plans to amend the minimum wage legislation to include interns and others not currently covered by it including those subject to the terms of the Ministerial and Other Salaries Act 1975.

National Health Service and Care Sector Workers (Credit Union and High Cost Credit): Part 1A — Holding an interest in a company etc (19 November 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Bill Esterson: ...them to concentrate on growing their business and creating jobs. I think that opportunities have been missed with regard to employment, zero-hours contracts, the exploitation of workers and abuse of the national minimum wage. The Government have promised to do things without actually putting measures in the Bill. We will have to wait and see whether they make a difference or not. In my...

Income Tax — Question (19 November 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Lord Newby: My Lords, paying the living wage is something that the Government support but, as we have discussed before in your Lordships’ House, there is a balance between rising wages and unemployment. That is the basis on which the minimum wage is set. I gave an example from the Dispatch Box the last time we discussed this: having spoken to people working in the textile industry in Leicester,...

National Health Service and Care Sector Workers (Credit Union and High Cost Credit): Clause 144 — Amount of financial penalty for underpayment of national minimum wage (19 November 2014) See 28 other results from this debate

Ian Murray: I am grateful to the Minister for answering some of the questions but, on amendment 8, it is not clear that the Low Pay Commission has the remit to look at enforcement of the national minimum wage to ensure that that is working properly; to ensure that the financial penalties are a deterrent; and to ensure that there is a greater link with the living wage. Therefore, I would like to test the...

National Health Service and Care Sector Workers (Credit Union and High Cost Credit) (19 November 2014)

Gareth Thomas: ...this House surely have a responsibility to do what we can to help those looking after our most vulnerable citizens so that they are not going off to work worried about whether they can make ends meet. The living wage and higher minimum wages are undoubtedly one part of the answer to the low pay crisis in the UK, but expanding credit unions is another part of the solution too. Sarah is a 44...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (19 November 2014)

David Cameron: ...we have seen in the last year is the biggest fall in unemployment since records began. We have more people in work in our country than ever before in our history. We have seen the first rise in the minimum wage ahead of inflation since Labour’s disastrous recession, and today we are taking further steps by banning exclusivity in zero-hours contracts. Our plan is working, and the...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Social Services: Pay (19 November 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Paul Blomfield: ...Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the contribution of 5 November 2014 by the Minister of State in his Department, Official Report, column 240WH, on care workers, when the themed work on minimum wage enforcement in the care sector will start.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Carer’s Allowance (19 November 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Baroness Sherlock: ...Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people who were previously in receipt of Carer's Allowance and work 16 hours per week but lost that entitlement as a result of the increase in the National Minimum Wage from 1 October 2014.

Local Authorities: Funding — Question (18 November 2014)

Baroness Williams of Trafford: My Lords, zero-hours contracts are not always a bad thing and they suit certain people, but, certainly, anybody who is working for a local authority needs to be on the minimum wage.

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill — [1st Allocated Day] (18 November 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Angus MacNeil: The hon. Gentleman hit the nail on the head when he called this a matter of fairness. Whether it is zero-hours contracts, the minimum wage or, as we saw on “Dispatches” last night, the fact that the 3,000 top earners in the UK earn as much as the bottom 9 million, we are talking about the abuse of economic muscle. My concern is that the contract models used in England are rolling...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Apprenticeships (Child Benefit and Tax Credit Entitlement) (Research) (18 November 2014)

Jesse Norman: ...person takes up an apprenticeship instead, they are counted as being in work and their family can no longer claim benefits on their behalf. Clearly, apprenticeships are work, but as the apprentice minimum wage is just 2.73 an hour, the youngest and most poorly paid apprentices will often be earning less than their family could receive in benefits for them. The minimum wage for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (18 November 2014)

Nicholas Clegg: days away from being able to confirm that 2 million new apprenticeships are being formed under this Government—twice as many as under the Labour Government. We have cut tax for people on the minimum wage by two thirds. During Labour’s time in office there was the ludicrous and unacceptable situation where stockbrokers paid less tax on their dividends than their cleaners did...

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Pay (18 November 2014)

Alistair Carmichael: .... All staff that join the Office do so on an assignment, secondment or loan agreement from other Government bodies. All staff on such arrangements are paid more than the rate defined by the Living Wage Foundation. The Scotland Office has one contract which provides security for the office in Edinburgh. The Scotland Office does not set the wages paid by the contractors to its workers;...

Criminal Justice and Data Protection (Protocol No. 36) Regulations 2014 — Motion to Approve (17 November 2014)

Baroness Smith of Basildon: ...have known the noble Lord for a long time. In the first committee I ever served on in Parliament, the noble Lord was leading from his party as the shadow Minister and I was on the government side. We were bringing in the national minimum wage and he was leading a team of very able opposition Back-Benchers against it. Recognising the noble Lord’s experience, I hope that the Minister...

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