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Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill: Final Stage (26 May 2015)

John O'Dowd: ...and procedures should and can be reformed over time. This was driven by a 4 billion cut to the welfare budget. That is what drove the Welfare Reform Bill. It was not about ensuring that, through universal credit, many more households would be better off or about it making more sense to have one computer system to deliver benefits to citizens, which does make sense. It was driven...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Welfare Reform Bill: Final Stage (26 May 2015)

Roy Beggs: ...off in work than on benefits. We want more people entering the world of work, individuals and their families prospering and being better off, and we want Northern Ireland to prosper. Universal credit was an ambitious project. Despite its shambolic roll-out in GB, it still might just work. The Department for Work and Pensions has claimed the success of transferring the welfare claims of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Pensions Bill: Final Stage (11 May 2015)

Mervyn Storey: There are a few comments that we want to make at this stage. The Pensions Bill proposes changes to the state pension system, private pensions and bereavement benefits. The changes are significant, and it is appropriate that I comment briefly on the main proposals. I will endeavour to do this with a voice; I have been struggling with my voice over the last few days, for reasons that I am...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order (Northern Ireland) 2015 (27 April 2015)

Mervyn Storey: ...but uprating by CPI ensures that, at the very least, benefit levels maintain their value against inflation. In addition, some commentators consider that it better reflects the inflation experience of pensioners and benefit recipients. In 2013, because of the national economic situation pertaining at that time, the Westminster Government brought forward the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Act...

Finance (No. 2) Bill — Second Reading (and Remaining Stages) (26 March 2015)

Lord Newby: ...tax will remain at 20% in 2016, giving clarity to business. The Government are also building on their commitment to support the innovative businesses that will drive future economic growth, through generous tax credits for research and development and reliefs for the UK’s world-beating creative sector. Clause 27 increases the rate of the above-the-line R&D tax credit from 10% to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (26 March 2015)

Liz McInnes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, under what conditions married women can claim universal credit in their own right.

Budget Statement — Motion to Take Note (25 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord McKenzie of Luton: ...of the US, it is a gap that has widened. I was proposing to speak just on the issue of housing but was encouraged by the contribution of the noble Lord, Lord Freeman, to divert briefly to the issue of pensions because he, quite properly, raised the issue of where we are on the guidance service. We are a few days away from these new flexibilities coming into being. My noble friend Lord Lea...

Petitions: Social Care and Military Compensation (25 March 2015)

Gordon Marsden: ...Tonight I will focus on the disparity between the way that the two different compensation schemes operate. Those injured before April 2005 received compensation for particular injuries through the war pension scheme, which provides regular payments based on the severity of injury. Those injured from April 2005 onwards receive support for any disablement through the armed forces...

Bill Presented: Clause 66 — VAT: refunds to certain charities (25 March 2015)

Sheila Gilmore: ...VAT was increased and a number of other measures were put in place. At that point, inflation hit about 5.5%, which then allowed the Government to say, “Aren’t we wonderful? We have just put pensions up by the biggest ever amount.” But that increase would have come even under the old system—even under a system that was simply tracking pensions to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (25 March 2015)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of spending on the development of the Universal Credit digital service in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15, (c) 2015-16, (d) 2017-18, (e) 2018-19 and (f) 2019-20.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Pensions Bill: Consideration Stage (24 March 2015) See 1 other result from this debate

Mervyn Storey: ...and the value of the work that is carried out by existing Committees. It is one of the best elements in what goes on here. A lot of work is done by our Committees that sometimes does not get the credit it deserves. If you start to do a trawl of the Committees in this House, you would see the extensive work that they do. I do not believe that by creating some other subset — of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (24 March 2015)

Esther McVey: ...figures on the number of hardship applications and awards in May 2015. The date of publication will be announced shortly. Notes STBA expenditure includes Carer’s Allowance, ESA, IB, JSA, IS, Pension Credit, State Pension. Source Benefit Expenditure Business Information (BexBI).The information in BExBI is sourced from the combined payment and accounting tool, Central Payment...

Amendment of the Law (23 March 2015) See 9 other results from this debate

Danny Alexander: ...’s decision to support the Speaker’s parliamentary placement scheme, which as the House will know provides opportunities for many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to work in this House. Credit should go to the right hon. Lady, and to you, Mr Speaker, for promoting that scheme. In her remarks she gave some examples of young people who have benefited from the scheme...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions — Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister: Welfare Reform: Delay Impact (23 March 2015)

Peter Robinson: ...that is, 2 million every week being lost. If we do not reach agreement, the Executive will still have to confront the challenges of how people in Northern Ireland will be paid their social security and tax credit payments in the future, as the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs will be closing their legacy IT systems, which we are presently using. Their...

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (20 March 2015) See 2 other results from this debate

Andrew Stunell: ...apprentices and reducing unemployment for young people. I should add that a record number of young people—including young people from deprived backgrounds—are now going to higher education. We have raised the state pension and put in place the triple lock to protect it for the future, and we have provided the pupil premium. I was looking back at my maiden speech, having it in...

Business of the House (19 March 2015)

William Hague: ...when we come to the end of it next week a great deal will have been achieved: the Infrastructure Act that provides a nearly 4 billion boost to the economy; the small business Bill that will help businesses get credit from banks and ensure they can expand; the Pension Schemes Act that gives people freedom and security in retirement; the Criminal Justice and Courts Act that allows us...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (18 March 2015) See 5 other results from this debate

Nia Griffith: ...line from London to Swansea would be electrified, but then the Government parties cut the funding before pretending to give it back, first to Cardiff and then, after a long struggle, to Swansea. They tried to take credit for that, but, to be frank, they should not have cut it in the first place. The choices the Government parties have made on taxation are not only morally wrong, but...

Affordable Childcare (Select Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (18 March 2015)

Lord Patel: ...from childcare policies. There has been no evidence-based evaluation of the impact of childcare subsidies on maternal employment—a view shared by Professor Brewer from Essex University. Further, the Department for Work and Pensions has accepted that no estimates of the impact of either working tax credit or universal credit on the maternal employment rate has been carried out. HM...

Equal Pay — [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] (18 March 2015)

Eilidh Whiteford: ...almost a third less. Given that 78% of part-time workers in Scotland are women, the gap will have a long-term impact on women during their working lives and in retirement, when they are likely to have far lower pensions than men and to be far more susceptible to poverty in old age. I take this opportunity to pay tribute to the Close the Gap campaign, which is doing much to lobby on equal...

Ways and Means: Financial Statement (18 March 2015)

George Osborne: They do not like to hear it, Mr Deputy Speaker, but inequality is down, child poverty is down, youth unemployment is down, pensioner poverty is at its lowest level ever. The gender pay gap has never been smaller. Payday loans are capped, and zero-hours contracts regulated. Even more than that, opportunity has increased. The number of university students from disadvantaged backgrounds is at a...

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