Results 1–20 of 2700 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope

Benefit Changes: Vulnerable People - Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2019)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow my noble friend, whose speeches always repay later reading because of her expertise and experience in these fields. I particularly agreed with one of her earlier remarks when she talked about the difficulty the department has—and I think this is true—in that it seems to be turning a deaf ear to some of the complaints. Now, I do not think that...

Benefit Changes: Vulnerable People - Motion to Take Note (27 Jun 2019)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: There is nothing wrong with Yorkshire; I was just referring to a programme I saw on Channel 4 last night. I see hard luck stories and bad stories for the department all the time. The department has to understand that, with a rollout cohort of 7.7 million families, it will always have difficulties and bad stories. It will get better as UC rolls outs. My noble friend also mentioned the...

Older Persons: Provision of Public Services - Motion to Take Note (13 Jun 2019)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, it is a pleasure to contribute to this debate. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, whose timing is always politically immaculate and who makes this subject more apposite today than it was last week. It is an important subject. Both of these concessions form an important part of the network of social protection that the country has embedded in its social security set-up. I...

Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (15 Jan 2019)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that extended explanation. It was quite clear, but perhaps it is easier for me to say that because I am a serving member of the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, which has been looking very carefully on the House’s behalf at all of these points. These regulations were cleared, and the SLSC does not clear regulations that are not properly...

Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 - Motion to Approve (15 Jan 2019)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My noble friend makes a good point. I certainly have serious concerns about the scale, complexity and volume—not just the number, but the extent—of some of these SIs that the two committees upstairs are struggling to deal with. One thing that we are very solicitous of—and it supports the point—is that it is very easy to reduce the standards of scrutiny, which is one thing that we must...

Benefit Reforms - Question (10 Jan 2019)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, the Resolution Foundation recently estimated that the four-year benefit freeze implemented in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 will result in a net cumulative saving by the Exchequer in 2020 of £4 billion. Is it not now time to think about redeploying some of those savings to provide much-needed assistance to hard-pressed low-income families with children?

Universal Credit - Statement (8 Jan 2019)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, I welcome this change in so far as it separates the regulations in the first phase to do the testing and learning. It was argued for very forcefully by the scrutiny committee and others. I welcome the Government paying attention to that. However, a timing issue flows from it, because if we do not get the evaluation of the test and learn phase in time to be useful when the...

Social Security (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018 - Motions to Approve (4 Dec 2018)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that helpful introduction. I understand that these are minor and technical amendments. I have looked at them very carefully as a member of the statutory instruments scrutiny committee of your Lordships’ House. I am pretty familiar with their scope. Could the Minister clear up two questions from my mind? First, is there any prejudice, potential or...

Universal Credit - Statement (5 Nov 2018)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, I agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Sherlock, on her analysis of the changes that have been made. Some are very welcome, but we are still facing a major, dramatic piece of administrative change. It will severely affect vulnerable families who are on low legacy benefits at the moment. I do not think it is safe to do this without somehow making an attempt to get an impact...

Benefits: Reductions - Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Young of Norwood Green. I particularly like his idea that it would be useful to hear what the noble Lord, Lord Freud, thought about Patricia Hollis. I think that through gritted teeth, he would give a generous appreciation of the experience he had in Committee in 2012 during the passage of the Welfare Reform Act, where she took the...

Benefits: Reductions - Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: I beg the noble Lord’s pardon. I had understood from the way he was making his argument that he was involved in the Centre for Social Justice work that led to—

Benefits: Reductions - Motion to Take Note (1 Nov 2018)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: It sounds as if the noble Lord is being a bit defensive about the results of the work, but I will move on. There was a theme in the debate: that all this is doable not just by the DWP, and that is correct. We need to work with local government colleagues much more; indeed, there was a very good Local Government Association briefing on this. The noble Baroness, Lady Wyld, talked about the need...

Universal Credit - Statement (16 Oct 2018)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for repeating the Statement. I concur with her tribute to Patricia Hollis. She was an integral part in the creation of this legislation and delivered a complete masterclass in parliamentary scrutiny in the 2012 committee which I was privileged to share with her. She will be missed. Can I confirm that there will be no delay in the publication of the...

Widowed Parent’s Allowance - Statement (5 Sep 2018)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, I whole- heartedly support the suggestion from the noble Baroness, Lady Sherlock, that we should take the opportunity that has been presented to us by this judgment to look again at bereavement benefits more generally, and I hope that the Minister will undertake to engage constructively in the way that the department has done on many issues in the past in this regard. Times have...

Universal Credit - Question (5 Sep 2018)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: Does the Minister agree that the timeliness of payments should be a key performance indicator in any respectable social security system? Would she consider contriving a set of statistics broken down to universal credit full service payment areas, comparing the timely payment or otherwise of universal credit against the local performance for payment of the legacy benefits that universal credit...

Employment and Support Allowance - Statement (19 Jul 2018)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, is the Minister satisfied that the reduction in the departmental expenditure limit that the DWP has experienced over the past five to 10 years has not contributed to this error? She has just said that the DWP is now putting 400 staff on the case. I have a serious concern about the extent to which staff shortages are occasioning these massive administrative blunders that cause not...

Universal Credit - Statement (5 Jul 2018)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, I am absolutely in agreement with the noble Baroness, Lady Sherlock. This is a quite extraordinary state of affairs. I have been following social security since 1986. I have never seen such an explicit letter of correction from such a distinguished public servant as the Comptroller and Auditor-General, Sir Amyas Morse. Two things follow from it. First, I hope the noble Baroness can...

Automatic Workplace Pension Enrolment - Question for Short Debate (25 Jun 2018)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, it is a tremendous pleasure, as always, to follow the noble Baroness, Lady Drake. Years ago, as one of the original pensions commissioners, she set the agenda for the United Kingdom and that has been pursued on an all-party basis ever since. I agree with most of the analysis of the noble Lord, Lord McKenzie, so that consensus is still clinging on by its fingertips. I hope that the...

Universal Credit: Rollout - Question (20 Jun 2018)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, does the Minister agree that the NAO universal credit report will serve to heighten the fears of those means-tested legacy claimants who will be automatically transferred within a 12-month period on to universal credit? In the autumn, when the universal credit managed migration regulations are published, will she personally ensure that the transitional protection arrangements within...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (6th Day) (8 May 2018)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope: My Lords, I am pleased to support the noble Lord, Lord Lisvane, on Amendment 70. It is a very useful first step and if he presses his amendment I will be pleased to join him in the Lobbies. I shall speak to Amendments 70BA and 70BB, both of which are in this group. I am in a pretty precarious position because I am speaking to amendments to a government amendment which has not yet been moved...


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