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Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (22 January 2015)

Universal Credit (Work-Related Requirements) In Work Pilot Scheme and Amendment Regulations 2015 – Lord Freud. Orders and Regulations

Written Answers — House of Lords: Mesothelioma: Compensation (22 January 2015)

Lord Freud: A person with diffuse mesothelioma, or their dependents, may be eligible to apply for the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS) if no one has received damages or a specified payment in respect of the disease or is eligible to receive a specified payment from another source. Eligibility for, or receipt of, such payments disqualifies an applicant from receiving a DMPS payment. This...

Employment — Question (21 January 2015)

Lord Freud: We are seeing a strong, broad-balanced and sustained recovery of the UK labour market. Employment is at an all-time high and the number of vacancies is at a record high. The main out-of-work benefits are at their lowest level since 1990.

Employment — Question (21 January 2015)

Lord Freud: One of the best things about this recovery in jobs is that they are going to some of the people who in the past have not taken part in these recoveries. That includes the disabled, where there is a strong improvement of 250,000 jobs over the past year with some 3 million now in employment. We are in a really healthy position in reducing long-term unemployment among youngsters.

Employment — Question (21 January 2015)

Lord Freud: I hope that noble Lords in the House will agree that I was not using rhetoric but gave the facts and figures. As I have just said, disability employment has improved strongly over the past year with 250,000 more disabled people now in work. The employment rate for disabled people now runs at 46%, up 2.5 percentage points on the year. That is strong improvement for the people who need it.

Employment — Question (21 January 2015)

Lord Freud: My Lords, one of the myths about the improvement in employment is that it is concentrated in the south, particularly in London. The reality is that the bulk of the improvement—75% to 80% of it—has taken place outside London. The youth figures are extremely encouraging, because youth JSA figures are now running at some of the lowest levels we have seen for many years.

Employment — Question (21 January 2015)

Lord Freud: My Lords, the trouble with Labour plans in this area is that they are extraordinarily expensive. The Future Jobs Fund, on which some of them are based, cost 20 times what Work Experience costs—and that produces just as good results. We cannot afford to have these artificial job creation schemes: we want real jobs in the real economy, and I am pleased to say that we now have the highest...

Employment — Question (21 January 2015)

Lord Freud: I am very pleased to answer my noble friend’s question. I was aware of those figures, and they underline the point: it is how you run the economy effectively that drives the employment figures, not how you manipulate those figures later with odd schemes.

Employment — Question (21 January 2015)

Lord Freud: My Lords, I do not need to make an inquiry into that; I can give an assurance right here and now that Ministers have not been doing anything like that at all.

Employment — Question (21 January 2015)

Lord Freud: The noble Lord makes an excellent point. This is a complicated area. We have had some large-scale debates in which we have had some very interesting contributions from all over the House. One of the most important things that the Government are trying to do is restructure the market so that we have sustained genuine employment. One of the most encouraging figures that we have seen is that the...

Employment — Question (21 January 2015)

Lord Freud: All I can say on what is happening in the market in terms of real disposable incomes is that we are now seeing inflation falling below the level of pay increases. In the latest set of figures, regular pay went up by 1.8%, compared to a 1% rise in inflation in the same period. We have seen some extremely encouraging forecasts. I cite the Ernst & Young ITEM Club forecast that real...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions (20 January 2015)

Lord Freud: The Government and regulators have introduced a package of measures, including establishing Independent Governance Committees to improve governance in contract based pension schemes, improved governance standards for trust based schemes and the introduction of a 0.75 per cent cap on charges in the default funds of schemes used for automatic enrolment. Subject to Parliamentary approval, these...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions: Fees and Charges (20 January 2015)

Lord Freud: The Government is committed to improving the transparency of costs and charges in workplace pension schemes. The Government’s Command Papers ‘Better Workplace Pensions: Further measures for savers’ and ‘Better Workplace Pensions: Putting savers interests first’ published in March and October 2014 set out a range of measures including a cap on charges in default...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions and Social Security Benefits (19 January 2015)

Lord Freud: Decisions about the up-rating of social security benefits, and subsequent changes to public sector pensions, are taken annually following the publication of September’s price inflation, so such decisions would be for a future Government.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Access to Work Programme (12 January 2015)

Lord Freud: The staff guidance on the Access to Work scheme is published on gov.uk. It can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/387398/access-to-work-guide.pdf The Minister for Disabled People set out in a written statement on the 18th December 2014 that we will work with stakeholders to develop further, user-friendly guidance, with...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Social Security Benefits: Fraud (12 January 2015)

Lord Freud: The National Benefit Fraud Hotline is one of 10 service lines delivered by Capita on behalf of DWP as part of the Network Services Directorate Call Off. There are multiple performance requirements within the contract to assure DWP that Capita are delivering a quality value for money service, the key ones being that Capita answer 90% of customer calls offered to them, and that they maintain a...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Social Security Benefits (6 January 2015)

Lord Freud: The latest official statistics on the benefit cap can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/benefit-cap-number- of-households-capped-to-august-2014 These statistics do not contain benefit type information. A suite of evaluation was published on 15 December 2014. This evaluation made estimates of the proportion of capped households in scope for the cap who were in receipt of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Temporary Accommodation: Greater London (6 January 2015)

Lord Freud: There are no current plans to uprate the Local Housing Allowance rate applicable to Temporary Accommodation in Housing Benefit.

Written Answers — House of Lords: G4S (17 December 2014)

Lord Freud: G4S have not been considered for any aspect of the delivery for Universal Credit. The payments made to G4S in relation to delivery of the Child Maintenance Options Contact Centre service, since the inception of the contract in September 2013 through to 31 October 2014, total 5.707m. The Department does not publish financial information at provider level for Community Work Placements...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions (17 December 2014)

Lord Freud: Estimates of defined contribution wealth in the accumulation phase have been made by DWP using the Wealth and Assets survey (WAS). The analysis excludes individuals with zero DC wealth and includes all adults aged 16 and over. Table 1: Distribution of individuals with wealth in DC pensions not yet in payment, 2010/12 DC Wealth in Accumulation phase % of individuals between 0...

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