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Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing (10 April 2014)

Esther McVey: The only group exempt from the removal of the spare room subsidy and therefore unaffected by the policy are those housing benefit social sector tenants who have reached state pension credit age. Registered foster carers are allowed an additional bedroom if they have fostered a child during the last 52 weeks and parents of armed forces personnel who have been deployed on operations are allowed...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pensioners: Means-tested Benefits (10 April 2014)

Steve Webb: No such estimate has been made. The single-tier pension will be set above the level of the standard minimum guarantee for a single person. This means that for people reaching state pension age from April 2016 onwards, anyone who has built up 35 qualifying years through national insurance contributions and credits should have an income above the level of the basic means test, regardless of how...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Clause 11 — Tax relief for married couples and civil partners (9 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Andrew Selous: ...of marriage. This proposal is one of a range Government policies. The Government have put 30 million into strengthening relationship support. For the first time ever, the Department for Work and Pensions is conducting a family stability review. The good news is that family stability is increasing and strengthening, by a bit in the most recent figures. The scariest statistic in this...

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Personal Independence Payments (Wales) (9 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Kate Green: ...It is also worth noting that disabled people are particularly vulnerable to poverty. They face twice the risk that non-disabled people face, and research by Scope has shown that around half go into debt, using credit cards, overdrafts and so on simply to pay for essentials. The personal independence payment is also an important benefit for those who suffer less catastrophically, as it...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 April 2014)

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to implement a universal credit sanctions scheme to replace the current jobseeker's allowance and other sanctions scheme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: New Clause 1 — Childcare provision (8 April 2014)

Catherine McKinnell: ...good at con tricks, giving with one hand but taking much, much more with the other. For example, they made a U-turn last month when they decided to support 85% of child care costs for all universal credit claimants. That was a welcome reversal after the coalition decided in 2011 to cut the support for child care through the working tax credit from 80% to 70%—a decision that led to an...

Fairness in Pension Provision (8 April 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Steve Webb: I congratulate the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire (Mr Donohoe) on securing the debate. We have a common interest in quality pension provision, fairness and making things simpler for people. I entirely accept the premise that we have allowed the pension system to become bafflingly complicated. I entirely accept his point—not only do not all of our colleagues understand the pension...

Military Credit Union — [Mrs Linda Riordan in the Chair] (8 April 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Gemma Doyle: Could the Minister explain, therefore, why the Department for Work and Pensions has put aside 38 million to support credit unions, because that does not seem to sit with the point he has just made, namely that supporting credit unions is not the business of Government?

Pensions Bill — Commons Reason (8 April 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Baroness Sherlock: ...those doing more than one mini-job, as described so effectively by my noble friend. Concern has been expressed across the House throughout the passage of the Bill about the asymmetry of the system crediting-in those who earn all that money in one job or those who are unemployed, including those who are unpaid carers, but not crediting-in people working hard in more than one job. The other...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (8 April 2014)

Nick Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether people classed as homeless will be defined as vulnerable under the proposed mechanism within universal credit to pay housing benefit directly to landlords.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (8 April 2014)

Nick Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which categories of people defined as vulnerable in relation to facilitating housing benefit payments direct to landlords under universal credit.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (8 April 2014)

Michael Penning: ...the qualifying period is met, whichever is the later. As for the administration of all benefits, a claimant is free to complain about the service they have received from the Department for Work and Pensions. Complaints about the service received from our assessment providers should be made direct to the relevant assessment provider. A complaint may result in a special payment if the...

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (7 April 2014)

Work and Pensions: Fraud and error in the benefits system. 4:30 pm; The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Witnesses: Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, Department for Work and Pensions, Mr David Gauke MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Mike Driver, Finance Director General, Department for Work and Pensions and Nick Lodge - Director General for Benefits and Credits, HM Revenue and Customs

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (7 April 2014)

David Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to increase the take-up of pension credit by eligible pensioners.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pensioners: Mortgages (7 April 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to take mortgage payments into account when calculating pension credit.

Written Answers — Home Department: Entry Clearances: Overseas Students (7 April 2014)

James Brokenshire: ...the maintenance requirement. Instead, the Immigration Rules set out the attributes an acceptable account must satisfy. The rules specifically exclude financial instruments such as shares, bonds, credit cards and pension funds from use as acceptable evidence.

Bill Presented: Backbench Business — Sanctioning of Benefit Recipients (3 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Steve Webb: ...domain, and rightly so, together with the actions we are taking. That is not the only evaluation. We have published a range of evidence, including the Jobcentre Plus offer evaluation and the universal credit customer survey, which provide information about customer awareness of sanctions and the effectiveness of the regime in encouraging compliance. We also monitor the use of sanctions and...

[Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] — Backbench Business — Incapacity Benefit Migration (3 April 2014)

Sheila Gilmore: ...claims were made. The often-made assertion that nothing changed, nobody moved and people were left to rot is not borne out by the statistics. There was perhaps more movement than people normally credit. That said, the Labour Government—particularly at a time when unemployment had fallen considerably—wanted to consider who might be able to work even though they might have been...

Housing Costs (3 April 2014)

Anne Begg: (Select Committee Statement): Yesterday, the Work and Pensions Committee published our report on support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system. Our inquiry explored recent reforms to housing support, including the effects of the individual household benefit cap, the changes to council tax relief, the effects on supported accommodation and reforms to local housing allowance, which...

Business of the House (3 April 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Angela Eagle: ...been remarkable for the sheer scale of the incompetence emerging after this Government’s four years in charge. On Monday, we learned that the Government have got only 3,780 people into their flagship universal credit scheme, which was sold as a way of transforming the lives of people on benefits. That is 0.3% of the 1 million people the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions was...

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