Clause 28 refers to schedule 15, on which I will touch briefly and then move formally. The clause sets out the conditions for contributions to qualify for the benefit. As I mentioned, subsection (1)(b) says that to qualify for the benefit a person needs the equivalent of 25 times the lower earnings limit as an earnings factor and must have paid class 1 or class 2 contributions. It is probably one of the most, if not the most, relaxed contribution requirements in the system, and that is specifically to ensure that we support as many people as possible. Schedule 15 has consequential amendments, because there is no such thing as a bereavement support payment until the Act comes into force. Once that happens, various bits of law relating to social security must include references to the bereavement support payment, and schedule 15 tidies all that up.
On a point of order, Mrs Main. I got slightly ahead of myself when I told the Committee earlier about all the information we give people about frozen pensions. I read from form DWP 023. Had I not made this correction, I know you would have stopped me and done so yourself, Mrs Main, but the form was the forthcoming version of DWP 023, which will contain the information in future, in the autumn, but does not do so currently. I am grateful for the chance to correct the record.
Adjourned till Tuesday 9 July at twenty-five minutes past Nine o’clock.
Written evidence reported to the Houses of Parliament
PB 31 GMB
PB 32 Legal and General
PB 33 National Federation of Occupational Pensioners
PB 34 Mercer
PB 35 SPC
PB 36 Aviva
PB 37 John Read
PB 38 The POP Group
PB 39 The Trustee Directors of the UK Power Networks Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme
PB 40 Neil Howett
PB 41 National Association of Pension Funds
PB 42 Alf Russo