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Results 1–20 of 3111 for speaker:Lord Freud

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals (10 Feb 2016)

Lord Freud: I apologise to the noble Lord for the incorrect answer to HL5012 this was due to an administrative error. The correct answer was given by my Rt. Hon. Friend the Minister for Employment (Ms. Esther McVey) in the House of Commons on 20 November 2014 to Question number 211618 as below: While the Government checks the immigration status of benefit claimants to ensure the benefit is paid...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals (10 Feb 2016)

Lord Freud: The information on benefit receipt by nationality is not available. The Department has published statistics on working age benefit recipients claiming within 6 months of National Insurance Number (NINO) registration. This information is known as “Nationality at point of National Insurance number registration of DWP benefit claimants” and is included in the “Statistical...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals (10 Feb 2016)

Lord Freud: Information on benefit receipt by nationality is not available. The Department has published statistics on working age benefit recipients claiming within 6 months of National Insurance Number (NINO) registration. This information is known as “Nationality at point of National Insurance number registration of DWP benefit claimants” and is included in the “Statistical Bulletin...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Third Reading (9 Feb 2016)

Lord Freud: I hear what the noble Lord, Lord Low, has asked for—a meeting on this matter. Of course I would be pleased to meet him, and other colleagues, to discuss this as it wends its way back to the Commons, and perhaps back to us, depending on what happens. May I take this opportunity to place on formal record my thanks to noble Lords throughout the House? They have discharged their duties to...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Third Reading (9 Feb 2016)

Lord Freud: I thank noble Lords very much for the lack of vituperation all round, which is deeply appreciated, and for their thoughtful speeches, although I think that this debate has been thoughtful all the way through the different stages. I have appreciated very much what noble Lords have said. Let me try to answer some of the specific questions. The noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley, had forensic...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Third Reading (9 Feb 2016)

Lord Freud: My Lords, the amendment to paragraph 3(5) of Schedule 2 is to address ambiguity in the drafting and clarify that, in a case where the tenancy begins after the beginning of the first relevant year but not at the beginning of the second or third relevant year, the rent should be calculated in the following relevant year. The amendment also removes a redundant cross-reference to paragraph 3(2),...

Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Third Reading (9 Feb 2016)

Lord Freud: My Lords, I will first speak to Amendments 1 and 2, which seek to pave the way for the introduction of an exemption from the benefit cap for all households where a member receives carer’s allowance or guardian’s allowance. We will bring forward regulations to give effect to these exemptions later this year. The exemption will mean that households where someone receives...

Housing Benefit (Abolition of the Family Premium and Date of Claim Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Regret (3 Feb 2016)

Lord Freud: My Lords, I ask noble Lords to forgive me for not keeping up with the exact floating role of the noble Lord, Lord McKenzie, as he moves forward and back on the Benches. I thank all noble Lords for their contributions which, as one would expect, covered a number of issues. I start with the family premium, which will align housing benefit with universal credit, which does not have this process....

Housing Benefit (Abolition of the Family Premium and Date of Claim Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Regret (3 Feb 2016)

Lord Freud: I listened very carefully to the noble Lord on those points. My response to that is, if the claim was made on that date and it was lost but it was made then, the issue is whether the bureaucracy accepts the claim that it is lost. The date is established then, and would be established in both of those cases. A lot of the problems may be through legacy benefits, where, as I just explained, the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Credit (3 Feb 2016)

Lord Freud: Government is funding a 38 million Credit Union Expansion Project to enable the credit union sector to improve access to affordable credit. Government will also continue to support the development of cross sector partnerships to raise awareness and accessibility of affordable credit.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Income (3 Feb 2016)

Lord Freud: The Government does not have a single standard definition of family or household income. The definition used will vary depending on the particular circumstances under consideration. The definition of household income in the National Statistics publication Households Below Average Income, which analyses the income distribution, is: Total income from all sources of all household members...

Under-occupancy Charge — Statement (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Freud: I do not have the figures to which the noble Baroness referred, so I will have to check the figures we have and write to her on that. Effectively, with this appeal we are joining these two cases to a number of others for the Supreme Court to look at the whole thing in one context. It is, essentially, about whether the discretionary housing payment system is appropriate for handling these...

Under-occupancy Charge — Statement (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Freud: The issue here is that there quite a lot of particular circumstances where one would feel that people should not have the spare room subsidy removed. It is extraordinarily hard to define all those cases. That is why the Government took the decision in 2010-11, when this was introduced, to have this mechanism of a discretionary fund so that the hard cases can be looked after. By and large,...

Under-occupancy Charge — Statement (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Freud: We discuss this issue regularly in this Chamber and earlier this week, or maybe last week, we went into how many people have come off the bedroom tax. There has been a 16% reduction in the number on the roll—98,000 at the last figure. Many have done so because they have gone into work. Indications are that people are adjusting to this policy.

Under-occupancy Charge — Statement (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Freud: Yes, that is precisely the point. As far as we can tell, one reason that the Court of Appeal took this decision was to send the cases to join another set of cases that the Supreme Court will look at in March. The Supreme Court will, therefore, be able to take a view and reach a judgment across the piece on these issues and will do so relatively rapidly. So this is really by way of an interim...

Under-occupancy Charge — Statement (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Freud: So far, we have had 10 cases in the High Court and we have won them all. We have just lost these last two in the Court of Appeal but we have won the five joined appeals in the Court of Appeal and those are the ones that are now going to the Supreme Court. So, until this last judgment, the legal system has accepted that the way that we ameliorate these hard cases using the discretionary...

Under-occupancy Charge — Statement (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Freud: When we looked at the surveys on this originally, the figure was that roughly 20% of people might want to downsize in order not to have the subsidy removed. Many have downsized and local councils are stepping up the provision of appropriate housing—one-bedroom or two-bedroom flats—to match demand. So there are signs in the research we have conducted that people are adjusting to...

Under-occupancy Charge — Statement (28 Jan 2016)

Lord Freud: The people in these cases were receiving discretionary housing payments. These are small examples. Our guidance says that local authorities should prioritise these areas and we will reinforce that guidance. As I say, the Supreme Court will be judging this way of ameliorating complex areas. These are two examples. There are quite a lot of hard cases, and it is important that we get to all of...


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