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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Foreign Nationals (20 November 2014)

Esther McVey: ...that information has not been collected as part of the payment administrative systems. However, the Government is looking at ways to reform the current administrative system under Universal Credit so that it will systematically record nationality and immigration status of migrants who make a claim. The Government has made a radical series of changes over the last year to restrict the...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Welfare Tax Credits (20 November 2014)

David Gauke: GOV.UK provides the public with comprehensive guidance about tax credits, including a tax credits calculator that people can use to assess their own eligibility. Our tax credits helpline advisers also provide advice and guidance to people who call to enquire about their eligibility. HMRC also works closely with voluntary and community sector organisations to ensure they have the right...

Consumer Rights Bill — Report (19 November 2014)

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town: ...to have a small word of congratulation, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Moynihan. My Lords, this House, as we know, has had some major achievements in tackling high-cost and exploitative credit. Amendment 14 concerns a new, effectively unregulated and exploitative form of loan that has sprung up on our high streets. Along with other high-cost credit, it is found in low-income and...

National Health Service and Care Sector Workers (Credit Union and High Cost Credit): Clause 144 — Amount of financial penalty for underpayment of national minimum wage (19 November 2014)

Ian Murray: Absolutely. We see in the informal economy forced self-employment, bogus self-employment and people not being paid the national minimum wage. It is a big issue in relation to migrant workers and agency workers. It is a huge issue across not only the formal economy, but the informal economy. It is something we must stamp down on, because it undermines people’s wages and the ability to be...

National Health Service and Care Sector Workers (Credit Union and High Cost Credit) (19 November 2014)

Gareth Thomas: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Secretary of State to promote membership of a credit union for staff employed by the NHS, other care sector workers, and family members who live in the same household; to facilitate payroll deductions for staff employed by the NHS and other care sector workers who are members of credit unions and to report regularly to...

[Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] — Winter Flooding (Preparation) (19 November 2014)

Steve Brine: ...for Romsey and Southampton North (Caroline Nokes) is here today—to eke more money out of the Government for it to spend as it sees fit, I am pleased to be able to say that Pathfinder is underpinned by serious academic work by the university of Portsmouth, which is working to secure a sensible baseline for cost-benefit analysis of flood risk adaption and mitigation. Hampshire seeks...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Carer’s Allowance (19 November 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Baroness Sherlock: ...8217;s Government how many people claimed Carer's Allowance in (1) 2013–14, and (2) 2014–15 to date. To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in receipt of Carer's Allowance also received Working Tax Credit in (1) 2013–14, and (2) 2014–15 to date. To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people who were previously in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Apprenticeships (Child Benefit and Tax Credit Entitlement) (Research) (18 November 2014)

Jesse Norman: I beg to move, That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for a programme of research into the costs and benefits of extending eligibility for Child Benefit and Tax Credit entitlement to young people completing apprenticeships; and for connected purposes. The Government have made excellent progress over the past four years in increasing the take-up of apprenticeships. Across England,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (18 November 2014)

Harriet Harman: The fact is that the Government have cut taxes for millionaires while they have cut tax credits for everyday working people. The fact is that the right hon. Gentleman’s Government are borrowing 190 billion more than they planned. They said they would balance the books by 2015, but the deficit is likely to be 75 billion by then. Stagnant wages and too many low-paid jobs have...

Childcare Payments Bill: New Clause 2 — Review of impact on childcare costs (17 November 2014) See 8 other results from this debate

Maria Miller: ...has her own interest in child care issues. She has led from the Opposition Benches incredibly well. My hon. Friend the Minister is right to say that child care costs should not be a barrier to work for parents, and the Bill goes further than ever before to help achieve what we all want—for parents to have the opportunity to go back to work after they have had children, or to continue...

Childcare Payments Bill: New Clause 1 — Proposals relating to three and four year olds (17 November 2014) See 3 other results from this debate

Priti Patel: ...and social and behavioural development. However, it is important to recognise—as the Bill does—that the cost of child care is an issue not just for under-fives, but for school-age children. For many working families, the high costs of child care make it one of the largest parts of the household budget. The Government believe that there is a powerful case for improving access to...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Technology: Greater London (17 November 2014)

Edward Vaizey: ...key part in its success. It supports Tech City UK which delivers support services and programmes to tech businesses in London and UK-wide. London and Partners promotes the London wide tech sector, working on behalf of the Mayor of London and other commercial partners, including Tech City for which it took over specific responsibility in April this year. Technology companies in London...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals (17 November 2014)

Esther McVey: Since March 2014, the Minimum Earnings Threshold has helped Jobcentre Plus and HMRC determine whether an EEA national undertaking work activity can be treated as a ‘worker’ or ‘self-employed’ person for the purposes of certain means-tested benefits and tax credits (including Jobseekers Allowance, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Child Benefit). The Minimum...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Welfare Tax Credits: Telephone Services (17 November 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Andrew McDonald: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce landline telephone numbers for calls to HM Revenue and Customs' helplines for working tax credits queries.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Revenue and Customs (17 November 2014)

David Gauke: The Tax Credits systems will continue to be supported by HM Revenue and Customs until such time as all Tax Credits customers have migrated to Universal Credits. We also expect some retrospective work on Tax Credits to continue after the migration has completed for error/fraud/debt reasons. Costs related to providing this continuing support will be included in the contract replacement work.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Welfare Tax Credits (17 November 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

David Wright: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many apprentices were removed from their apprenticeship programme to cover tax credit renewal work in the last two weeks of July 2014; and where such apprentices were based.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Working Tax Credit: Kilmarnock (17 November 2014)

Cathy Jamieson: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households in Kilmarnock and Loudoun constituency are in receipt of working tax credits.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Working Tax Credit: Merseyside (13 November 2014)

Frank Field: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children aged eight to 17 years old there are in Merseyside in households in receipt of working tax credit and earning below 16,000.

Welfare Reform (Welsh Valleys) (11 November 2014)

Alun Cairns: The hon. Gentleman will know that, in Wales, Shotton in Flintshire is where universal credit has been rolled out. The response has been remarkable in incentivising people into work. Some 75% have responded positively and said that they are now in a better position to find work as a result of universal credit than they were under the previous system. In the minute remaining, I ask Opposition...

National Defence Medal: National Insurance Contributions Bill (11 November 2014)

Shabana Mahmood: I would like to think that the Minister and I are always vociferous and meticulous in our deliberations on finance and taxation matters, and that we have both been efficient in our deliberations on the Bill. That is because, as the Minister explained, this is a short Bill which aims to simplify the administrative process of paying class 2 national insurance contributions for the...

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