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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification (23 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: The Department calculates a monthly sanctions rate for Jobseekers Allowance claimants based on the number of sanctions in a month divided by the Claimant Count. The data underpinning the calculations are DWP’s statistics on decisions to apply a sanction and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) statistics on the number of people claiming JSA (the Claimant Count). These are publicly...

European Union (Approvals) Bill [HL] — Order of Commitment Discharged (22 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Unless, therefore, any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged. Motion agreed.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobseeker's Allowance (21 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: The Jobcentre Plus guidance that covers this subject area is the: Labour Market Conditions Guide (availability and actively seeking work section); ESA to JSA Transitions Guide; and Claimant Commitment guidance. These will be placed in the Library of the House as requested. It should be noted, however, that all Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants should have their conditionality tailored...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (21 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: The Government set out its assessment of the impacts of the policies in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill on 20th July. The impact assessment is now available on Parliament’s website, and a copy is attached. Imapct Assessment (PDF Document, 299.93 KB)

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit: Young People (21 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: To prevent young people slipping straight into a life on benefits, from April 2017 the Government will remove the automatic entitlement to housing support for new claims in Universal Credit from 18-21 year olds who are out of work. This will ensure young people in the benefits system face the same choices as young people who work and who may not be able to afford to leave home. We will...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification (21 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: The information is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Public Appointments (21 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: As at 16 July 2015, the information requested is: Ian Russell Disabled People’s Employment Corporation (GB) Ltd. (formerly Remploy Ltd.) Judith Hackitt Health and Safety Executive Professor Keith Palmer Industrial Injuries Advisory Council Otto Thoresen National Employment Savings Trust Corporation Anthony Arter Pensions Ombudsman and Pension Protection Fund Ombudsman Geoff Shanks...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Health (21 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: From 9 March 2015, roll-out of the assessment service commenced. By the end of Summer 2015 all GPs in England and Wales will be able to refer to the service. Fit for Work Scotland assessment service went live on 30 January 2015. Roll-out to all remaining NHS Boards in Scotland was completed on 29 June 2015. Evaluation of the pilots was published in June 2015 in the report,...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Welfare State (20 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: The Secretary of State received a letter from Ekklesia dated 3 July 2015, which was subsequently published online in the Tablet. The Secretary of State has responded to this letter from Ekklesia. It would not be appropriate for us to make public our response to this private correspondence.

Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: My Lords, I will not make a statement but I repeat what I said—namely that I will come back to the House at the appropriate time. I think that I set a precedent last week in finding a way to keep noble Lords informed about what is happening. I will keep noble Lords informed about how this policy is going down.

Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: It is worth clarifying that on universal credit advances, which are an advance for people who feel they need this financial support, I am aware of hardly any turndowns. It is a very different process. It is important not to conflate the two types of financial support.

Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: Universal credit is a fully reserved matter. There are some areas that we will discuss with the Scottish Government by agreement but they do not include a mainstream policy such as waiting days.

Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: I have expressed the exact agreement under the Smith commission and, as I understand it, as it appears in the Bill to which the noble Lord has referred. I turn to the question about the savings raised by the noble Baronesses, Lady Sherlock and Lady Lister. In steady state the savings are currently estimated at 130 million to 140 million. In the current year—...

Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: Before considering the individual arguments, I think it would be useful to understand to whom exactly waiting days actually apply. It is not the most vulnerable: care leavers, the terminally ill, victims of domestic violence, youngsters without parental support and prison leavers have all been exempted. It is not those coming from other benefits such as jobseeker’s allowance or...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: The format of any publication is a matter for the Head of Profession of Statistics who ensures the required standards are followed. The publication is still in development and the final format has yet to be determined.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Disqualification (13 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: There are no current plans to replace benefit sanctions with community service.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (10 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: The Department has lodged an appeal with the First Tier Tribunal against the Information Commissioner’s decision notice of 30 April 2015. The statistics the Department intend to publish will be pre-announced on the GOV.UK website.

Child Poverty — Question (8 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: In line with our manifesto commitment to work to eliminate child poverty, we will bring forward legislation to remove the existing measures and targets in the Child Poverty Act, as well as the other duties and provisions. The legislation will introduce a statutory duty to report on measures of worklessness and educational attainment. These new measures will drive real change and make the...

Child Poverty — Question (8 Jul 2015)

Lord Freud: The HBAI measure will clearly still be published and is a useful measure to track what is actually happening. It is, however, a very poor measure as a statutory target because it is simply not forecastable. I come back to the point about the so-called cuts to those in work. After today’s Budget, by 2017-18, eight out of 10 working households will be better off as a result of the...


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