Clause 28 - Bereavement support payment: contribution condition and amendments

Pensions Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:15 pm on 4th July 2013.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of theusb Bill.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

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.

Photo of Gregg McClymont Gregg McClymont Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

I thank the Minister for that clarification. Even he seems to be flagging a little in the final lap today. We do not oppose the clause, and I thank him for his explanation of it and of the related schedule.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 28 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 15 agreed to.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

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.

Ordered, That further consideration be now adjourned.— (Karen Bradley.)

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