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Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (1 September 2014)

John Spellar: With the lamentable record of the failures of Atos, the shocking delays in assessments, the injustice of the bedroom tax and the continuing scandal of the IT system for universal credit, why does the Secretary of State stay in the job?

Written Answers — Treasury: Self-employed: Preston (1 September 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Mark Hendrick: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Preston constituency were self-employed and in receipt of working tax credit in each year since 2009-10.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Benefit Cap (1 September 2014)

Esther McVey: .../file/341890/benefit-cap-may-2014.pdf show that by May 2014, 39% of those no longer subject to the cap, 7,400 households, have moved into work, as shown by them having an open working tax credit claim. In addition to this there may be a small number of cases who have moved into work with sufficiently high salaries that they are not entitled to working tax credit. The DWP will be evaluating...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (21 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Annabel Goldie: self-evident that brevity is all that I need. It is a partnership of over 60million friends and customers, working with each other for each other; a partnership with over 30million people paying taxes and contributing jointly to our common good; and a partnership in which businesses, not least in the financial sector, can invest and operate freely because of a UK-wide system...

Scottish Parliament: Increasing Opportunities for Women (20 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Angela Constance: ...than half of children in poverty live in working households and, despite the UK Government’s stated commitment to support families, women are disproportionately affected by its welfare reforms through changes to child benefit, working tax credit and lone parent benefit conditionality, and that disparity will continue as universal credit is introduced. I believe that those...

Scottish Parliament: Welfare (13 August 2014) See 5 other results from this debate

Nicola Sturgeon: ...the vision that we put forward will encourage them to vote to take these powers into our own hands. A perfect illustration of that choice, and a topic that we have discussed many times before in the Parliament, is the bedroom tax. Yesterday, the Welfare Reform Committee considered and, I am glad to say, agreed to support the section 63 order to transfer to the Scottish ministers the power...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Opportunities of Independence (12 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Colin Beattie: If the number of women in work increased by just 6 per cent, tax revenues would rise by about 700 million. For those who are studying, we will certainly continue our policy of free education for Scottish students who study in this country, thus minimising the amount of debt that Scottish students have when they embark upon their careers. For those who come here to study, we will have...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland and Malawi (5 August 2014)

Humza Yousaf: ...have advice to give and rightly suggest that we should be a critical friend of Malawi, it is amazing that they can come together for an hour or so to praise one another in a giant love-in. I give credit to previous Administrations. I am a great fan of all the work that Jack McConnell and the Administration behind him did to re-establish the relationship with Malawi. To his credit, Lord...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Taxation: Childcare (29 July 2014)

Lord Deighton: The Government has today published ‘Tax-Free Childcare: the government’s response to the consultation on childcare account provision’ – a response to the further consultation on the delivery of childcare accounts within the Tax-Free Childcare scheme. The document is available at

Written Answers — House of Lords: Children: Day Care (28 July 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what projections they have made of the impact of the childcare element of universal credit on maternal employment rates, and the level of income tax paid by working mothers.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Landfill: Wales (28 July 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Lord Rowlands: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many landfill site operators there are in Wales; how many are in receipt of a landfill tax credit; and how much each receives. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Landfill Communities Fund has contributed to environmental projects in Wales in each of the years 2010 to 2013.

European Union Committee: Report on 2013-14 (EUC Report) — Motion to Take Note (24 July 2014)

Lord Harrison: .... I am extremely sorry that he was not able to attend last night and I put that on record. I will try to abbreviate some of the things I have said. One of the important items was the financial transaction tax. We thoroughly examined and re-examined the threat to this country, and particularly to the City of London, which we have highlighted in terms of that tax. It could be really quite an...

Women: Equality and Advancement — Question for Short Debate (22 July 2014)

Baroness Thornton: ordinary family. The cost of private, voluntary and independent holiday provision has gone up four times faster than wages, and is greater than that in places such as London. It is a great shame that more help is not available for women and families with their childcare. Childcare help with tax credits has been reduced, with some families losing 1,500 per year of help. I turn to...

HMRC (Scotland) (22 July 2014)

Gregg McClymont: ...arithmetical facts and then, I think, what we might judge an outcome to be for Scotland after leaving the UK and ending our membership of HMRC. We know as a fact that Scotland has significantly more tax-collecting jobs relative to the UK as a whole. Is there any reason to imagine that an independent Scottish state would need those surplus tax-collecting jobs relative to the size of the UK...

Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Backbench Business — Summer Adjournment (22 July 2014)

John McDonnell: .... May I tread into Northern Ireland again and talk about welfare reform there? The Government are seeking to impose their welfare reform legislation on the people of Northern Ireland, including the bedroom tax, the harsh benefit sanctions, the disaster of universal credit and work capability assessments, with all their adverse consequences. Sinn Fein has looked at the hardship that such...

Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals) (22 July 2014)

Philip Hollobone: ...were it granted by the House, would be to end the absurd anomaly whereby any EU national can come to this country to work, leaving their children behind in their country of origin, and then British taxpayers pay child benefit to those children. I think that is wrong, the Prime Minister thinks it is wrong, most of the people in this country think it is wrong, and this Bill would put that...

Written Answers — Treasury: Social Security Benefits: Children (22 July 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Chris Heaton-Harris: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many adults claim child tax credit for children not residing in the UK; and for how many children such UK child benefit is claimed.

Jobseeker’s Allowance — Question (21 July 2014)

Lord Flight: ...but the data on productivity, so far, are not quite such good news. Does the Minister have any views on why productivity has been so slow to increase? Might it have anything to do with Labour’s tax credits subsidising wages?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Child Care (21 July 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Nicky Morgan: ...Day Nurseries Association published research last year showing that the cost of child care had stabilised and was starting to come down. I am sure that he would therefore support our proposals for tax-free child care, which would allow parents to build up credit in accounts, which they could then spend in holidays or in term time as they feel appropriate, in line with the needs of their family.

Written Answers — Health: Universal Credit (21 July 2014)

Norman Lamb: The Government intends that broadly the same number of individuals will be entitled to free prescriptions, free eye tests and free dental care, via universal credit as are entitled via current qualifying benefits or tax credits. There are roughly 6 million people in England currently on these benefits, and consequently entitled to free prescriptions, free eye tests and free dental care.

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