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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (23 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy, in respect of past interim maintenance assessments, that only that proportion of resultant child maintenance arrears which is deemed to be collectable will be transferred to the Child Maintenance Service.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (18 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to his Department's 2013 Impact Assessment No. DWP0031, if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the (a) £123 million estimated cost of caseworker activity related to Child Support Agency (CSA) case arrears as part of the CSA case closure programme and (b) £20 million estimated cost of setting up areas on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: North Sea Oil and Gas (10 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: What are the Government doing to encourage the offshore sector to co-operate and to have common standards as a better way of reducing costs in the supply chain than laying off the very people we will need when, I hope, things in the North sea begin to pick up again?

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (10 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the arrears validation element of the Child Support Agency case closure programme, by what processes will the Agency review cases where arrears recovery had been temporarily suspended, to ascertain whether the reasons for temporary suspension remain valid.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (10 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to examine the arrears balances of individual Child Support Agency cases subject to case closure to re-value arrears arising from interim maintenance assessment.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Maintenance (10 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what arrangements are in place to ensure that parents with care responsibilities whose Child Support Agency (CSA) cases are subject to case closure and who are owed child maintenance arrears are fully informed about (a) the process and likely timescale of the arrears validation process, (b) the reasoning and calculations behind the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (9 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: The roll-out so far has been to specific groups of people with particular characteristics. That is partly because, to put it uncharitably, the original IT system does not work. If I were being charitable, I would say that it worked but with greatly reduced functionality compared with what was originally planned. However, the Department is piloting a digital solution in Sutton, Surrey, and I...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (9 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in receipt of pension credit whose income from their state pension and pension credit was (a) less in the 2014-15 financial year than it was in the previous financial year, and (b) less in the 2013-14 financial year than it was in the 2012-13 financial year.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (9 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people for whom the freezing of the savings element of pensions credit and increases in the basic state pension has had a net negative effect on their income in each of the last three financial years.

Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Costs (Reformed Welfare System) (3 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: While I can appreciate there may be problems on the bedroom tax, would it be possible for the Government to publish a partial response to our proposals, addressing all the other points on which there presumably is agreement across Government? Our Committee had a lot of very interesting things to say on a whole range of other issues.

Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Costs (Reformed Welfare System) (3 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: Actually, there is a need to ensure that people are appropriately housed and that they move, but very little of that responsibility lies with local authorities. The wrong way to go about it is just to take money from people who are over-occupying and would love to move but are not in a position to do so.

Estimates 2014-15 — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Costs (Reformed Welfare System) (3 Mar 2015)

Anne Begg: I shall continue the theme of housing: we have had a statement and a ten-minute rule Bill on housing, and this debate is about the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s report on support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system. There are two important debates scheduled for this afternoon, but given that we have had two urgent questions and two statements, our deliberations might...

Culture, Media and Sport Committee: Backbench Business — Equitable Life (26 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that expectations have been raised and promises have been made? All that these people did was to invest in what they thought was a trusted company. They have done nothing wrong and they cannot for the life of them understand why it is taking so long to settle the matter.

Culture, Media and Sport Committee (26 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: The BBC is different, and that is why it should be funded differently, as I think most people accept. It has always stuck me that there are actually more negatives than positives to going down the subscription route, compared with the present licence fee arrangements. Did the Committee find that? What problems did it identify with moving to a subscription system?

Opposition Day — [17th Allotted Day]: Compulsory Jobs Guarantee (11 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: Interestingly, the very first inquiry undertaken by the Work and Pensions Committee when I took over as Chair after the election was on the Government’s plans to abolish the future jobs fund. It feels as though we have come full circle since then. At that time, the Government promised to bring in something a lot better, but their Work programme was not better and was certainly not as...

Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments (5 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: I thank the Minister for his reply, and he has been thoughtful in his interpretation of some of our recommendations. It goes without saying that we would always like him to go further, but there has been some movement since the publication of our report. The new contract, as the Minister has just said, kicks in on 1 March, when will see whether Maximus makes a difference. We are saying that...

Employment and Support Allowance and Work Capability Assessments (5 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: I am delighted to be given the opportunity to discuss one of the more recent reports of the Work and Pensions Committee, on the operation of employment and support allowance and the work capability assessment. Many people going through the ESA claims process are unhappy with the way they are treated and the decisions made about their fitness for work. Atos, the current provider of the WCA,...

Energy and Climate Change: Oil Prices (North Sea) (5 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: I am glad the Minister will finally make his way to Aberdeen, and while he is there I hope he will have discussions with all aspects of the industry and the trade unions. I have two asks of him when he is in Aberdeen. One is to talk about what will happen to replace the jobs that have been lost—in one week, 600 jobs, and over the piece it is now into the thousands in one geographic...

Work-related Activity Group (3 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: There will be people in the support group who are or can be in work. The ability to work is not the correct definition for who should be in the support group and who should be in the WRAG group.

Work-related Activity Group (3 Feb 2015)

Anne Begg: One of the conclusions that my hon. Friend and I reached as part of the Select Committee on Work and Pensions inquiry was that the work-related activity group was too wide and trying to do two contradictory things: to give support to people who are not fit for work without being in the support group; and at the same time to move those who might be fit for work closer to work. Those two...


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