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[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Relationships and Children’s Well-being (21 October 2014)

Stephen McCabe: ...couples is not divorced from economic policy either. We need to take that into account when considering some of our spending cuts. I was struck by the assertion by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions that an increase in working credits could be related to a 160% rise in the divorce rate. I would like to know a lot more about how he arrived at those figures.

Social Justice Strategy — Motion to Take Note (16 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Nash: ...000 since 2010. The number of workless households is down over 400,000 since 2010 and that rate is now the lowest on record. In the past, the welfare system has been a barrier to people moving into work. Universal credit will restore the incentive to make the step into work, and to progress once there. It will remove the gap between out-of-work and in-work support. The Work Programme is...

Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day]: National Minimum Wage (15 October 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Rachel Reeves: ...party. Even today, some Conservative Members want to turn the clock back and, rather than strengthen the minimum wage, undermine it. We learned today that that reaches into the heart of the Government, with a serving Minister in the Department for Work and Pensions questioning whether some disabled people are worth paying the minimum wage. He even suggested that it should be possible to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Welfare Cuts (23 September 2014)

Sammy Wilson: ...where the system of administration of benefits in the rest of the United Kingdom varies and moves away from what we have here, we will not have the ability to help the poor. By 2015, people who are getting family tax credits will not be able to make claims because the universal credit system will have moved in. By 2016, unemployed people will not have the ability to claim additional...

Bill Presented — Recall of MPs Bill: Gurkha Pensions (11 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Tracey Crouch: ...to those services, which, taken alongside the Government’s 1.5 million fund to help Gurkhas settle in the UK, represents an incredibly important financial investment. I want to address the thorny issue of pensions. The British Gurkha Welfare Society states on its website that, “Gurkhas receive a pension of only 2,150 per year with the many that relocate to the UK...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (11 September 2014)

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2014, by the Cabinet Secretary to Question 32 in oral evidence taken in the Committee of Public Accounts, when the Major Projects Authority informed him that the universal credit project was way off track.

Discretionary Social Fund (Redcar and Cleveland) (10 September 2014)

Ian Swales: ...over the period. The citizens advice bureau will get 75,000, including 20,000 to improve financial capability. A carers charity will get 20,000 to help carers and the disabled apply for the funds. 75,000 will go to the local credit union to help make it sustainable. I mentioned the section 17 children’s awards, which will total 200,000. Some...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (10 September 2014)

Nick Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the latest performance rating assigned to universal credit by the Major Projects Authority is.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Welfare State: Reform (9 September 2014)

Mark Harper: holding answer 5 September 2014 This Government has made significant progress in implementing the most far-reaching programme of welfare reforms for a generation. We have Launched Universal Credit, the biggest change to the welfare system in a generation, in April 2013. Currently operating in 38 areas. It will be available in 90—or one in eight—of the country's jobcentres by the...

National Insurance Contributions Bill (8 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Catherine McKinnell: ...of those who have become self-employed in the past five years—almost half a million people—would rather have salaried jobs. It is for those reasons that the shadow Secretaries of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and for Work and Pensions have written to Sir Andrew Dilnot, the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, to ask him to examine whether new measures are needed...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Carer’s Allowance (8 September 2014)

Mark Harper: .... It is also not intended to replace lost or forgone earnings in their entirety. In addition to Carer’s Allowance, carers on low incomes can claim income-related benefits, such as Income Support and Pension Credit. These benefits can be paid to carers at a higher rate of up to an additional 34.20 a week.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (8 September 2014)

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of universal credit claimants have a payment made directly to their landlord; (2) what the value is of payments made directly to landlords for universal credit claimants in (a) total and (b) each local authority.

Affordable Homes Bill (5 September 2014)

Tony Baldry: ...of the reality, but I think we ought to share it: “MPs have overwhelmingly backed plans to introduce an overall cap on the amount the UK spends on welfare each year. Welfare spending, excluding the state pension and some unemployment benefits, will be capped next year at 119.5 billion. The idea, put forward by Chancellor George Osborne in last week’s Budget, would in...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (5 September 2014)

Steve Webb: Carers' and disability benefits, and the additional state pension, must by statute be uprated in line with prices. So the increase in those benefits over the last three years has reflected the increase in the consumer prices index. The basic state pension has been increased with the triple lock (by the highest of average earnings, CPI or 2.5%), and the standard minimum guarantee in pension...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Telephone Services (5 September 2014)

Steve Webb: This data relates to non-0800 calls and represents the period from the point a customer enters a queue to the point they are connected to an agent, and is drawn from Working Age, Pension Age, Disability and Universal Credit services but excludes Child Maintenance Group. From July 2014 the average speed to answer for such telephony lines was three minutes 20 seconds. Prior to 1 April no...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (5 September 2014)

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of universal credit claimants who have a housing cost element in their payment (a) in total and (b) in each local authority area are in arrears on rent payment; (2) how many universal credit claimants (a) in total and (b) in each local authority are in arrears on rent payments; (3) how many and what proportion of...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (4 September 2014)

Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much expenditure his Department allocated to universal credit (a) between April 2013 and May 2014 and (b) to date.

Adult Learning — [John Robertson in the Chair] (3 September 2014)

Meg Hillier: ...of working poverty. As I was preparing to speak today, I received a heartfelt tweet from Sarah, who said: “I would do anything to go back to some kind of adult learning to better my work skills so I can get a better job and hopefully be able to provide for my family and not be reliant on tax credits.” Sarah speaks for so many of the forgotten people who work hard but have no...

Business of the House Commission: Pension Schemes Bill (2 September 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Mark Hoban: ...and another engagement outside the House, I could not be. Nevertheless, I am delighted to be here in time to make a contribution. On the Government’s legacy, as my right hon. Friend said, our pension reforms have been one of our key acts in government. We have done a huge amount to reform the pensions system we inherited and to implement auto-enrolment. The Chair of the Work and...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Employment Services: Disability (1 September 2014)

Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether disability employment advisers will remain part of the support offered to claimants under universal credit; (2) what his policy is on retaining disability employment advisors as part of the support offered to clients by jobcentre plus.

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