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Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: Military Covenant (22 October 2014)

Anna Soubry: ...;s always worth getting in a good point. I would ask the hon. Gentleman to speak to the noble Lord Kennedy, with whom I had a very good meeting recently, who will tell him that huge progress has been made on credit unions. To return to the subject of the debate, we have ensured that war pensions and armed forces compensation payments for veterans are disregarded for the purposes of...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 11 - Neither the person nor his or her partner may be claiming universal credit. (21 October 2014) See 1 other result from this clause

Priti Patel: ...on how it is working. The hon. Lady spoke about aligning the rules and definitions for tax-free child care with existing schemes. It is fair to point out that tax-free child care and universal credit are different types of scheme. They have been developed to provide support and financial assistance, but for totally different purposes. It is inevitable that there will be differences between...

Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions Bill: Clause 1 - Reform of Class 2 contributions (21 October 2014)

David Gauke: ...“a high level of forward planning”.—[Official Report, 8 September 2014; Vol. 585, c. 687.] I reassure hon. Members that that will not be the case. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions have worked closely together to develop a simple and straightforward process. Self-employed women who have not yet submitted an SA return will be...

Public Bill Committee: National Insurance Contributions Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 October 2014)

...to it. However, we have to acknowledge that they are separate levies, and they are known and managed as such. Clearly, to many people, national insurance still pays for the health service, pensions and whatever. If you ask people, that is probably what many of them believe. There are huge issues to be tackled. From the point of view of simplification and an employer’s administrative...

[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.

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 October 2014)

Angela Watkinson: When you give advice about how to make best use of pension savings, does it include the comparative advisability of whether a person should continue to pay existing debt—mortgages, credit cards or other loans—or whether they should use capital from their pension pot to pay it off, and what impact that will have on their benefit entitlements in the future? I have a separate...

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...

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