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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 2 other results from this debate

Cat Smith: ...years since we passed the Equal Pay Act 1970, but in my constituency of Lancaster and Fleetwood women still earn just 87p for every male pound. I am pleased to note, however, that that is above the national average of 81p, but any gap is too large. There is a saying that what counts is measured, and what is measured counts. That is why the motion to task the Equality and Human Rights...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Child Poverty (1 July 2015)

David Winnick: Tory party members were the strongest opponents of a national minimum wage, and no doubt the right hon. Gentleman himself voted against it. Apart from those on the Tory Benches, most people will understand very clearly that the whole purpose of his statement and policy is to try to conceal the amount of poverty, child poverty and deprivation that exist in so many constituencies like mine. He...

Scotland Bill: Clause 26 — Employment support (30 June 2015)

David Amess: ...persons in the form of non-repayable payments to enable them to access employment, remain in employment, or move into self-employment or start a business.” This amendment provides for the devolution of the Access-to-work scheme. Amendment 10, page27,line41,at end insert “and (d) temporary jobs paid at least the national minimum wage providing a route...

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: ...it to all other hon. Members. It was an impassioned and passionate speech in which he talked about how he would bring this issue to the Floor of the House. He described the trustees of the National Gallery, in respect of this dispute, as “philistines”. He used another word that I do not think I would get away with passing off as parliamentary language, but you can watch it on...

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

Toby Perkins: ...party will give considerable thought to it over the next five years as we attempt to put together a programme that can again win the support of the British people. Income is spread unequally across the UK’s regions and nations. The average household income in London is massively higher than in the north-east. In addition to income, overall wealth is unevenly spread across the...

Energy and Climate Change: Child Poverty (25 June 2015)

Ian Blackford: ..., for example, the biggest increase in food bank use has come from those who are in work? That is the reality of this Government’s policies and that is why, in the election campaign, the Scottish National party campaigned for a 2 increase in the minimum wage over the lifetime of this Parliament and the adoption of the living wage. It is unacceptable that anyone in this country...

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Scotland Office: Pay (25 June 2015)

David Mundell: ...staff that join the Scotland Office do so on 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;...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Low Pay (24 June 2015)

Ben Wallace: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has announced that, from October, the national minimum wage will increase by 3% to 6.70 per hour, the largest real-terms increase since 2006. The Government are also committed to increasing the personal allowance to 12,500, and to ensuring that anyone who works at least 30 hours a week on the minimum wage pays no tax at all.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget (No. 2) Bill 2015: Second Stage (24 June 2015)

David McNarry: ...long stint on Monday. There are those who would proffer the idea of placing Northern Ireland outside the United Kingdom in some kind of financial renegade state, joining up with Scottish and Welsh nationalists in a contrived Celtic coalition. Another fantasy that will no doubt be sung about in the bars one day, telling how the war against the Brits was lost not once but twice and...

Education and Adoption Bill (22 June 2015)

Liz Saville-Roberts: ...illustrious Members. The regions that form the constituency of Dwyfor Meirionnydd have sent exceptional Welshmen to London, in their midst Tom Ellis and David Lloyd George, and two giants of the Welsh national movement, Dafydd Elis Thomas and Dafydd Wigley. My immediate predecessor, Elfyn Llwyd, was elected in 1992 and contributed greatly to Plaid Cymru’s parliamentary reputation for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (22 June 2015)

John Healey: ...today, the Prime Minister talked about the causes of welfare spending. He had next to nothing to say about low pay, yet the financial modelling I conducted on Labour’s plans for raising the national minimum wage shows that we could save three quarters of a billion pounds on housing benefit and tax credit costs. Surely getting to grips with the root causes is a better way to control...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Minimum Wage (22 June 2015)

Nicholas Boles: The Government is committed to increasing compliance with National Minimum Wage legislation and the effective enforcement of it. HMRC responds to every complaint it receives and conducts risk-based enforcement in sectors or areas where there is perceived to be a higher risk of workers not being paid the National Minimum Wage. The Government has increased the NMW penalty so that...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprentices (18 June 2015)

Nicholas Boles: The cost of hiring an apprentice is dependent upon a number of factors. Apprenticeships are real jobs and employers pay the apprentice’s wage. This must be at least the Apprentice National Minimum rate, currently 2.78 per hour (3.30 from October 2015) for those aged under 19 and anyone in their first year. Most employers pay more than the apprenticeship minimum wage. In...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Fiscal Policy (18 June 2015)

Harriett Baldwin: ...to raising the income tax personal allowance from 10,600 to 12,500 by the end of this parliament. We will go further and ensure that, in the future, individuals working 30 hours at the national minimum wage will not pay income tax.

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Productivity (17 June 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Shabana Mahmood: ...more buoyant, and GDP growth stronger and more sustainable. In short, if we get this right, then everyone is a winner. Governments can make choices to pull the levers at their disposal when it comes to the national minimum wage or indeed the living wage, but when it comes to wider wage growth across the rest of the economy and for those on middle incomes, then higher productivity is the...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Low Pay: Northern Ireland (17 June 2015)

Theresa Villiers: The Prime Minister announced in March 2015 that the National Minimum Wage will increase by 3% to a new rate of 6.70 per hour, effective from October 2015. This is the largest real-terms increase in the National Minimum Wage since 2006, and over 1.4 million of Britain’s lowest-paid workers are set to benefit. In the March 2015 Budget, the previous Coalition Government committed to...

Childcare Bill [HL] — Second Reading (16 June 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Massey of Darwen: ...have talked about quality and systems and I now want to turn to some confusions, which I share with others, including the noble Baroness, Lady Howarth. Who is the Bill for? Is it, as stated, for working parents, where all parents in a household must be earning the equivalent of eight hours a week at the national minimum wage? How does this square with Clause 1(12) of the Bill, which states...

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