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Written Answers — House of Lords: Disabled People: Independent Living (20 November 2012)

Lord Freud: ...Fund Users is not collected at the constituency level. The below table presents the number of users in each local authority within the Greater Manchester Area. Financial Year 4/12-9/12 4/11-3/12 4/10-3/11 4/09-3/10 4/08-3/09 4/07-3/08 4/06-3/07 4/05-3/06 4/04-3/05 4/03-3/04 4/02-3/03 Bolton Social Services 76 82 86 97 104 106 99 93 80 74 65 Bury ...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Migrant Workers (20 November 2012)

Lord Freud: The UK takes action in the following ways: (1) The UK supports the International Labour Organisation's work promoting employment rights globally, including those of migrant workers. (2) The ILO carries out technical co-operation, research and promotional activities beyond its member countries. (3) The UK is supportive of decent work in the wider United Nations, and through globally-applicable...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pensions (19 November 2012)

Lord Freud: Sections 222 and 223 of the Pensions Act 2004, and the Scheme Funding Regulations 2005, contain scheme funding requirements which apply to most private sector defined benefit occupational pension schemes. These requirements do not generally apply to funded public sector pensions schemes. We continue to monitor the effectiveness of these provisions on an ongoing basis, but we have no current...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Universal Credit (19 November 2012)

Lord Freud: The 2010 spending review settlement included funding of 2 billion for the period 2011-12 to 2014-15. This is intended to meet all the costs of introducing universal credit including any increases in benefit expenditure, additional benefit administration costs in the transition period, the costs of IT development and implementation, communications, staff training and programme...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Universal Credit (19 November 2012)

Lord Freud: Information about employed earnings will be reported to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) via the real time information (RTI) system wherever possible. This will ease the reporting burden on claimants. If earnings are not reported through RTI for any reason, claimants will be requested to declare their earnings to DWP through the universal credit interface.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Benefits (13 November 2012)

Lord Freud: All migrants must satisfy the habitual residence test before they are eligible to claim income-related benefits such as income support, income-based jobseeker's allowance, income-based employment and support allowance, state pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit. The habitual residence test has two elements: a legal right to reside and an objective assessment of factual...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Civil Service: Secondments (13 November 2012)

Lord Freud: ...Two of them are seconded to NEST (National Employment Savings Trust), one is seconded to the Equality and Human Rights Commission and one to Greater Manchester and Chester Local Authority. During 2011 there were four senior civil servants on secondments in the United Kingdom. These staff were seconded to NEST, the Pensions Regulator and Hammersmith and Fulham local authority.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Government Departments: Correspondence (13 November 2012)

Lord Freud: .... Correspondence statistics for 2007 can be found on 28 March 2008 ( Official Report, cols. WS 42-46). Correspondence statistics for 2008 can be found on 2 April 2009 (Official Report, cols. WS106-110). Correspondence statistics for 2009 can be found on 16 March 2010 (Official Report, cols. WS58-64). Correspondence statistics for 2010 can be found on 28 March 2011 (Official Report,...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Housing Benefit (13 November 2012)

Lord Freud: The department has commissioned a consortium of academics and research organisations led by Ian Cole, professor of housing studies at Sheffield Hallam University to undertake an independent review of the impact of changes to the local housing allowance system of housing benefit. The department published a report of early findings on 14 June and a copy of the report has been lodged in the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Employment: Under-25s (7 November 2012)

Lord Freud: ...and quality assurance of these data, the first set of official statistics on the wage incentive should be available from early 2013. (2) Provisional data show that between 1 February and 11 June 2012, there were 2,300 apprenticeship starts for which a payment was made through the AGE 16-24 scheme. (3) Delivery of the Youth Contract programme for 16 and 17 year-olds began in September...

Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012 — Motion to Approve (6 November 2012)

Lord Freud: ...it is proportionate, is likely to be lower because rents are likely to be less in rural areas. On the specific question asked by my noble friend Lord German on the approximate amounts, roughly 10% of the impact is likely to be seen in rural areas. As to my noble friend's question on what evidence we have received so far, the responses by local authorities and housing associations indicate...

Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012 — Motion to Approve (6 November 2012)

Lord Freud: ...million extra bedrooms for those affected by this measure and when there are more than a quarter of a million households living in overcrowded conditions in the social rented sector in England. In 2010 we inherited the highest level of overcrowding in the social rented sector since the published data began in 1993, with 7.1% of those households in England living in overcrowded...

Universal Credit — Question (6 November 2012)

Lord Freud: My Lords, the universal credit programme remains on schedule to launch the pathfinder in April 2013 and to go live in October 2013.

Universal Credit — Question (6 November 2012)

Lord Freud: My Lords, we did a survey on our complete claimant base and found, somewhat to our surprise, that 78% of them were already online, and, indeed, that 41% of them used online banking. Our target when we start next year is to have 50% of people going online, with others going to our other channels which support the online process. We plan to have a support and exceptions process to help the...

Universal Credit — Question (6 November 2012)

Lord Freud: My Lords, I should make clear that we are not entertaining paper applications. We are looking at either face-to-face or telephone support groups. We have looked at pushing JSA online and the figures have gone up from 16% in September last year to 39% this September. We are moving people very rapidly to the online route.

Universal Credit — Question (6 November 2012)

Lord Freud: My Lords, we have a very substantial contingency prepared if, for instance, a disaster takes down our data centre-we have two data centres for that reason-and particularly if we have a cyberattack. We will have contingency built into the system to make sure that our payments systems do not go down because of these problems.

Universal Credit — Question (6 November 2012)

Lord Freud: My Lords, I am happy to confirm that the Treasury is whole-heartedly in support of this radical transformation of our welfare system. Part of the system relies on real time information through HMRC networks, and HMRC is driving ahead with a series of expanding pathfinders. It currently has 2 million employees or pensioners on the system today and is ramping it up into April and October next year.

Universal Credit — Question (6 November 2012)

Lord Freud: My Lords, there is naturally a programme to get employers on board. HMRC has launched a major campaign-for instance, writing to 1.4 million employers so that they are ready in time. Even in the KPMG report, 75% of employers were aware of the change over and that was before this campaign got going.

Universal Credit — Question (6 November 2012)

Lord Freud: The noble Baroness is absolutely right on this particular problem. It is one of the reasons we are sweeping away the existing system-it is simply too complicated for people to operate. The real difference in the new welfare system is that we do not have a distinction between out-of-work benefits and in-work tax credits. You do not have to jump from one system to the other when you move...

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