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Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Take Note (26 March 2015)

Lord Freud: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson, for raising this issue and giving me the opportunity to reassure him and others on both the key points that he raises, which are the implications for domestic owners and for the entertainment industry. In particular, I reassure his plumber and joiner that their responsibilities in practice will not change as a result of the introduction of the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (26 March 2015)

Lord Freud: The Department for Work and Pensions does not have a clearance time target nor does it have information about average clearance times. It plans to introduce a clearance time target for all benefits, starting with ESA from April 2016. It plans to incorporate information on mandatory reconsideration clearance times into the relevant existing regular statistical publications. However, before...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Disqualification (26 March 2015)

Lord Freud: Claimants who have a sanction applied could also be in receipt of other Government financial support such as Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit, Council Tax Support or Housing Benefit. Claimants who are sanctioned can also apply for hardship payments, equivalent to 60 or 80% of their benefit payment, subject to meeting the necessary criteria.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment: Young People (25 March 2015)

Lord Freud: The number of people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds in employment is at a near record high, with unemployment rates falling across all ethnic groups. Latest figures show that there are 129,000 more people from BME backgrounds in work compared to the same time last year, with the total number, at a near record high of more than 3 million. The employment rate has also risen by 0.7...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment: Young People (25 March 2015)

Lord Freud: The number of people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds in employment is at a near record high, with unemployment rates falling across all ethnic groups. Latest figures show that there are 129,000 more people from BME backgrounds in work compared to the same time last year, with the total number, at a near record high of more than 3 million. The employment rate has also risen by 0.7...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) (24 March 2015)

Lord Freud: Today, I will publish the outcome of the review of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC). I am pleased to announce that the government supports the continuation of the Committee in its current form. The Department for Work and Pensions has completed a robust examination of the Committee’s functions, delivery arrangements and governance structure. The review was carried out in...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Pensions (24 March 2015)

Lord Freud: The Pensions Regulator has received feedback from some small and micro businesses about the operation of the internet portal for automatic enrolment contact detail registration, known as the "nominate a contact" webpage. This feedback suggests that some users are not very familiar with their PAYE reference. The letters currently sent to customers from the Regulator protects customer data by...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Mesothelioma (24 March 2015)

Lord Freud: Based on the latest projections of annual mesothelioma deaths by the Health and Safety Executive, the best estimate is that there will be around 53,000 mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain over the 25-year period 2013-2037. The statistical model used suggests an uncertainty range of 49,000 to 58,000 deaths on that estimate. However, the true uncertainty range may be wider as longer-range...

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

Lord Freud: We welcome the Supreme Court ruling that the benefit cap is lawful. The Court decided that the benefit cap does not breach the European Convention on Human rights and does not unlawfully discriminate against lone parents.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Work and Pensions: Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) Annual Plan 2015-16 (23 March 2015)

Lord Freud: Later today I will place a copy of the Office for Nuclear Regulation’s Annual Plan for 2015-2016 in the House Library, I attach a copy of the plan to this statement. The Annual Plan will also be published on the ONR’s website. I can confirm, in accordance with Schedule 7, Section 25(3) of the Energy Act 2013, that there have been no exclusions to the published document on the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Families (18 March 2015)

Lord Freud: The Prime Minister announced increased support for families and guaranteed that spend for relationship support would be at least 7.5m for 2015/16 and I can confirm this will be the case. We are in the process of finalising the details of contracting for relationship support services for 2015/16. As well as the continuation of a wide range of existing support services, we will include...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment Schemes: Disability (18 March 2015)

Lord Freud: Disabled people are able to access Work Programme support at a variety of points. Those on Employment and Support Allowance can enter the programme immediately after their Work Capability Assessment. Claimants on Jobseekers’ Allowance with a disability can volunteer from three months after the date of their claim. If Jobseekers’ Allowance claimants with a disability do not elect...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (18 March 2015)

Lord Freud: On 28 January 2015, there were 97,900 new claimants to Personal Independence Payment awaiting an assessment with an assessment provider, down from 175,200 in September. At that same point there were 15,000 reassessment claims awaiting an assessment. The Department is currently considering the medium and longer-term recommendations made by Paul Gray in the first Independent Review of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensions (18 March 2015)

Lord Freud: The Government has carried out a review of survivor benefits in occupational pension schemes. The review was carried out jointly by the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Treasury, and was published in June 2014. It considered the differences in survivor benefits between different groups, and the costs and effects of eliminating the differences. The Government is considering the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: National Insurance (17 March 2015)

Lord Freud: Information as to how many National Insurance numbers were in use at the end of (1) 2013 and (2) 2014 could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Non-British nationals, including those with time-limited visas, must be able to prove their identity, have a lawful immigration status and permission to work in the UK before they are entitled to a National Insurance number. The Department...

Pensions: British Pensioners Overseas — Question (11 March 2015)

Lord Freud: My Lords, there are no plans to change the current arrangements for payment of state pension to those recipients who live outside the UK. The policy of this coalition Government is to uprate UK state pensions where they are legally required to do so under the terms of EU law or through a bilateral social security arrangement which covers uprating. Changing the policy as suggested would incur...

Pensions: British Pensioners Overseas — Question (11 March 2015)

Lord Freud: I regret I cannot give my noble friend any comfort. Full uprating to today’s levels would cost us more than 0.5 billion and while partial uprating—in other words, just starting to move current levels of pensions up by the increases—would start off being much less than that, those costs would rise in the medium term to a similar level to the full uprating.

Pensions: British Pensioners Overseas — Question (11 March 2015)

Lord Freud: This policy has been running now for 60 years. It has been upheld in the European Court of Human Rights. We have made pensions available to many pensioners abroad, which is different from many OECD countries which do not do so. Most pensioners migrated well before they became pensioners and have built up rights in their adopted countries.

Pensions: British Pensioners Overseas — Question (11 March 2015)

Lord Freud: This is the reason why this is a complicated area: it is about a bilateral agreement with another country. In practice, to take the example of Australia, I estimate that for any extra amount that we paid to ex-UK pensioners or UK pensioners living in Australia, more than 25% of that money would go straight into the Australian Treasury.

Pensions: British Pensioners Overseas — Question (11 March 2015)

Lord Freud: The noble Lord will be very pleased to know that we now have a system, which has been introduced reasonably recently, of checking that rather more regularly than it used to be done.

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