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Upcoming Business – Lords: Main Chamber (6 November 2014)

Additional cost to the Exchequer in tax credits in the light of the falling value of the National Minimum Wage. Oral Questions

Scotland: Devolution — Motion to Take Note (29 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Sanderson of Bowden: ...constitutional change for our country. Having succeeded in that no vote, we are now faced with producing proposals for enhancing the many existing powers devolved to Scotland, which in the case of tax raising have never been used since inception. I have with me the report of the commission of my noble friend Lord Strathclyde, published in May, and I am glad to see one of its members, my...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (29 October 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Stephen Timms: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of universal credit access to childcare accounts equivalent to those proposed in the Childcare Payments Bill for claimants of tax-free childcare.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: New Clause 5 - Review of impact on childcare costs (28 October 2014) See 2 other results from this clause

Catherine McKinnell: ...with two children aged five and 14 was, on average, £1,664 a year worse off, whereas a single person with no children was £936 a year worse off. Of course, we know that the Chancellor intends to repeat the cuts to tax credits and other support for working families if he remains in office next May. We know where ministerial priorities will lie next May: more cuts to tax credits,...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 68 - Regulations: general (28 October 2014) See 1 other result from this clause

Priti Patel: I beg to move amendment 29, in clause 68, page 43, line 34, leave out from “sections” to end of line 36 and insert “31 and 32 (disqualification of tax credit or universal credit claimants from obtaining top-up payments);”

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 73 - Extent (28 October 2014)

Priti Patel: ...Government support is being properly spent on qualifying child care. Childminder agencies already have a requirement to provide information to HMRC in relation to its responsibilities for administering tax credits. The new clause extends that requirement to include its responsibilities under the new scheme. Because the Childcare Act 2006 extends only to England and Wales, steps are needed...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: New Clause 4 - Supply of information to HMRC by childminder agencies (28 October 2014)

...agencies), in subsection (2), in paragraph (b), for the words from “for the purposes of” to the end of that paragraph substitute “for the purposes of— (i) their functions in relation to tax credits, or (ii) their functions under the Childcare Payments Act 2014;”.”—(Priti Patel.)

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 50 - Power to charge interest (28 October 2014)

Priti Patel: ...scheme. Clause 50 allows HMRC to charge interest on overdue scheme debts at normal HMRC rates. Clause 51 allows HMRC to offset the associated amount repayable under the scheme against the backdated tax credit award when parents win a tax credit review or appeal. That gives parents the right level of support from the start and avoids making them go into debt when there is no need for them...

[Mr James Gray in the Chair] — Copycat Websites (Government Services) (28 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Edward Vaizey: ...and Customs has a robust system that includes the use of a third-party security firm to find and shut down rogue sites that are engaged in phishing activity. In 2012-13, it shut down 560 rogue sites, and it has continued to warn taxpayers to be on their guard against fraudulent phishing e-mails after almost 75,000 fake e-mails were reported to the taxman between April and September this...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 31 - Power to disqualify tax credit claimants from obtaining top-up payments (28 October 2014) See 2 other results from this clause

Catherine McKinnell: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main, on the final day of the Committee. Whereas clauses 29 and 30 provide for tax credit or universal credit awards to be terminated automatically if parents claim top-up payments, clauses 31 and 32 make similar provisions, but the other way round. They deal with scenarios where parents might attempt to move from top-up payments to tax...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 34 - Recovery of top-up payments where tax credits award made on a review (28 October 2014)

Clause 34 - Recovery of top-up payments where tax credits award made on a review

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Waste Disposal: Lancashire (27 October 2014)

Kris Hopkins: Guidance Recycling credits is a policy issue for which the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has the lead. DEFRA previously published guidance on the Recycling Credits Scheme in 2006 and this can be found at: http://archive.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/localauth/part nerwork/documents/recyclingcreditscheme-guidance.pdf The guidance and legislation are clear that, further to...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 30 - Power to provide for automatic termination of universal credit (23 October 2014) See 2 other results from this clause

Catherine McKinnell: The clause makes the same provisions as set out in clause 29, but with respect to universal credit rather than tax credits. We appreciate that universal credit has some way to go before it is rolled out beyond its current pilot areas, but the clause allows for regulations to provide for the automatic termination of a person’s universal credit award, or that of their partner, where that...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 29 - Termination of tax credit awards (23 October 2014)

Clause 29 - Termination of tax credit awards

Construction Industry — Motion to Take Note (23 October 2014)

Lord Haskel: ...that I joined because I saw it as a crusade for equality. Today, nowhere is inequality more visible than in housing. It was perhaps easier to overlook this inequality in more prosperous times, when credit was easier and prices were lower, but rising inequality tells us that it is time for a change. Without change, inequality in housing will cause yet more hardship, and more people’s...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 15 - Childcare accounts (23 October 2014) See 1 other result from this clause

Priti Patel: ...with parents in mind, and we are working on that with stakeholders. Amendment 10 would allow regulations to be brought forward to permit parents who receive support from other schemes, such as universal credit or tax credits, to receive payments through a child care account. I should remind the Committee that the new scheme is fundamentally different from schemes such as universal credit...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 14 - Qualifying child (23 October 2014) See 1 other result from this clause

Alex Cunningham: ...spirit. The Government should be taking action to address the shortcoming not by narrowing the parameters within which a child will qualify for the new scheme, as proposed, but by adopting the amendment. Acting to align the maximum age of eligibility for the tax-free child care scheme and the child care element of universal credit with the 2006 Act would ensure that older disabled children...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Minimum Wage (22 October 2014)

Hywel Williams: ...therefore agree with my contention that the way to achieve a basic but decent standard of life is the living wage, which would benefit 266,000 workers in Wales alone, and in the UK would slash the tax credits bill by £1.5 billion per annum? Clearly, Plaid Cymru’s policy on the living wage is the best for Wales and for the UK.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 12 - The person and his or her partner must not be in a relevant childcare scheme (21 October 2014)

Catherine McKinnell: ...will be most beneficial to them.’ Clause 12 covers the seventh eligibility condition, providing that a person or their partner cannot be in another relevant child care scheme, including employer-supported child care, universal credit or directly contracted child care. That ties in with clauses 62 and 63, which provide for the restricting of the employer-supported child care scheme to...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Welfare Reform: Mitigation Proposals (21 October 2014)

Mervyn Storey: ...range of other stakeholders, with the key objective of continuing to protect the most vulnerable.  Members are already aware that the following payment flexibilities have been secured for payment of universal credit in Northern Ireland:  all claimants will receive twice-monthly payments;  a range of options will be available to split the single household payment; and the...

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