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Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (6 July 2015)

European Union (Approvals) Bill [HL] - 2nd reading – Lord Freud. Legislation

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Programme: Older People (30 June 2015)

Lord Freud: The Work Programme is succeeding. It is helping push long-term unemployment to its lowest level in over 5 years, and is transforming people’s lives. An independent evaluation of the Work Programme published by DWP in December 2014 identified that 63.9% of older participants found Work Programme support useful in helping them find work or move closer to work, and 63.5% felt that the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit: Young People (30 June 2015)

Lord Freud: The detail of the policy will be announced in due course, and the Government will consider the impact in line with our legal obligations as part of that process.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Young People (29 June 2015)

Lord Freud: The information requested regarding part (1), how many claimed Jobseeker's Allowance (a) in the first six months of the year, and (b) in total, is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. There were 38,000 (rounded to the nearest thousand) claims made to ESA by 18-21 year-olds in England during the business year 2013-14, of whom 2,000 (6%) were assigned to...

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

Lord Freud: Specific assessments of the number of Polish benefit claimants as a proportion of the working age population are not available.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobcentre Plus: Training (24 June 2015)

Lord Freud: The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) policy is to develop its staff in the skills and knowledge required to support a range of claimants sensitively and to respect their individual needs. The department is currently developing guidance and training for DWP staff around human trafficking. This will be available for any member of staff who is told or suspects that the customer they...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Welfare State (24 June 2015)

Lord Freud: The Government’s commitment to reduce welfare spending was set out in its election manifesto. Further details will be given in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Immigrants (23 June 2015)

Lord Freud: This information is not collected by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification (22 June 2015)

Lord Freud: The information requested regarding the length of a sanction is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Housing: Under-occupancy Charge — Question (16 June 2015)

Lord Freud: Across the seven months between May and December 2013, around 22,000 households affected by the removal of the spare room subsidy either moved to the private sector or downsized within the social rented sector. The final independent evaluation report will be published later this year. This will provide more up-to-date information on how people are responding to the policy.

Housing: Under-occupancy Charge — Question (16 June 2015)

Lord Freud: My Lords, looking at the position in the round, people move from low-cost social housing to higher-cost private housing, but that allows another family who may have come out of private housing to go into social housing. You have to look at the bill as a whole, and the saving on this particular part of the bill is running at 0.5 billion a year.

Housing: Under-occupancy Charge — Question (16 June 2015)

Lord Freud: Local authorities and housing associations have responded with a range of programmes to manage the various benefit changes, including this one. It is instructive to look at the reports and accounts put out by housing associations. Affinity Sutton says: “Overall, the impact on us has been less than expected”. Sovereign says that a team of 12 tenancy support advisers has kept its...

Housing: Under-occupancy Charge — Question (16 June 2015)

Lord Freud: There are signs of people both downsizing and going into work on a policy that was designed to save the state 0.5 billion a year and is doing so. One of the side-effects that is not properly appreciated is the extraordinary change in the numbers in social housing who are out of work. They have now reached the lowest levels that we have ever recorded.

Housing: Under-occupancy Charge — Question (16 June 2015)

Lord Freud: There are a substantial number of homes available each year. There are about 1.4 million single-bedroom social housing homes and, on the HomeSwapper site, there are now 55,000 one-bedroom homes and 142,000 two-bedroom homes to swap into.

Housing: Under-occupancy Charge — Question (16 June 2015)

Lord Freud: The current year figure is running at 125 million, which is very high and up substantially—by more than 100 million—on the figures that we were looking at in 2010. I obviously cannot make any commitment at this stage on its future levels—that will go into a spending review—but clearly this has been an important way of making sure that this policy goes in...

Housing: Under-occupancy Charge — Question (16 June 2015)

Lord Freud: I am not sure that noble Lords can have it both ways. Either there is not very much downsizing or there is too much disruption of networks. I do not think that both can be argued at the same time.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Disqualification (16 June 2015)

Lord Freud: The Department published its strategy for releasing official statistics on Universal Credit in September 2013. As outlined in the strategy, officials are quality assuring data for Universal Credit and formulating a definitive list of what statistics will be provided in the future. These statistics will be published in accordance with the relevant protocols in the Code of Practice for...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Ministerial Duties (15 June 2015)

Lord Freud: The status of the office for the Minister for Disabled People remains unchanged. Previously, where the role has been held by a Minister of State, the portfolio has included other responsibilities. The Minister for Disabled People's portfolio is now available on GOV.UK. The Ministerial brief for the Minister for Disabled People is as follows: Cross-government disability issues and...

Personal Independence Payment — Question (10 June 2015)

Lord Freud: We are considering the terms of the judgment. We have achieved further reductions in average waiting times for an assessment, and they are now well within the Secretary of State’s target of 16 weeks.

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