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Parole Board and Victim Support (9 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: First, let me briefly correct the hon. Gentleman: Worboys was convicted of 19 offences, and there was one conviction of rape. I do not say that in any way to undermine or belittle the seriousness with which his crimes should be considered. As I have said, sentences for rape have gone up over the last eight years, and I think it right that that has happened.

Parole Board and Victim Support (9 Jan 2018)

David Gauke: With permission, Mr Speaker, I should like to make a statement on the Parole Board’s decision to release John Worboys and the Government’s response to the issues raised by this case. I should like to start by echoing the statement made by my predecessor at the weekend, and expressing my unreserved sympathy to all of the victims. They will never erase the emotional trauma of John...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Work and Pensions: Automatic Enrolment Review (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: The Government has published its Automatic Enrolment Review 2017: Maintaining the Momentum as a Command Paper (CM 9546). A copy of the accompanying analytical report, which underpins this Review, has been placed in the Library. Since 2012, over 9 million people have been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension and over 900,000 employers have met their duties. The workplace pension...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disability Confident Scheme (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: Over 5,000 employers have signed up to Disability Confident since its launch in November 2016. The Disability Confident business leaders group, made up of prominent national businesses, is promoting the scheme to other employers. I am pleased to report that all the main ministerial Government Departments have now achieved Disability Confident leader status.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disability Confident Scheme (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: I will certainly consider my hon. Friend’s kind invitation. I agree that a lot of Disability Confident events have been very productive in engaging employers at local level and encouraging them to see the benefits of employing disabled people. The Department for Work and Pensions continues to support local authorities and MPs in holding such events, so maybe I will have the opportunity...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disability Confident Scheme (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her question. We have undoubtedly made progress in the last few years. We have 600,000 more disabled people in work than was the case in 2010, but there is more to do, which is why the Government have an ambition to increase the number from 3.5 million to 4.5 million over the course of 10 years. It is also why we published our recent Command Paper on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disability Confident Scheme (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: That is a very good question, and I will have to write to my hon. Friend with the answer. I can tell him that businesses small and large have participated in the scheme, including large organisations such as Microsoft, GlaxoSmithKline, Sainsbury’s and Channel 4, as well as many small businesses up and down the country.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disability Confident Scheme (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: First, I should like to associate myself with the hon. Gentleman’s remarks about the Deputy Speaker, who has the thoughts of the whole House with him at this time. In respect of the hon. Gentleman’s question, however, I disagree with him. The point that the Chancellor of the Exchequer was seeking to make is that we have made great progress in recent years on increasing the level...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disability Confident Scheme (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: Yes, I do. My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. It is really important that that engagement happens up and down the country, and I am pleased that we are making progress. As I have said, we have over 5,000 Disability Confident employers, and I hope that we will continue to increase that number. My Department will certainly be doing everything it can to achieve that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Disability Confident Scheme (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: There is a clear and coherent message from this Government. We have seen significant increases in the number of disabled people in work, which is good for disabled people, but it is also good for the economy as a whole. That continues to be our message, and that is why we published our “Improving Lives” document. We will continue to work to improve the opportunities for disabled...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Food Bank Usage (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: There is no reason for people to go without support while they wait for their first UC payment. New benefit claimants starting on UC today will be able to access an advance. This is normally paid within five working days, but can be delivered in a day if needed. Changes announced in the Budget will allow claimants to receive larger advances and for advances to be recovered over a longer period.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Food Bank Usage (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: I do not accept the hon. Lady’s categorisation at all. The complaint that has been made about universal credit is about the cash-flow point—that people have to wait a period of time before they get their first payment. To address the cash-flow point there is a system of advances in the universal credit system so that people have the flexibility to receive the money earlier. It is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Food Bank Usage (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: We should be clear: if people need cash before Christmas, they are able to get it under the universal credit system, which is designed so that they can do that. People trying to discourage claimants from taking an advance, which I am afraid is the tone that we hear too often from the Labour party, are causing unnecessary anxiety for claimants.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Food Bank Usage (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: As the hon. Lady will be aware, there are a whole host of exemptions that do allow 18 to 21-year-olds to access housing benefit, if those exemptions apply to them. I have to come back to this point, which the Labour party does not seem to accept: the best way in which we can sustainably lift people out of poverty is to have a welfare system that encourages them to work and to progress in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Job Creation (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: The number of people in employment has increased by more than 3 million since 2010 to reach 32 million in the last quarter. The employment rate is close to the record high and has increased by almost five percentage points since 2010.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Job Creation (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: I will very happily join my hon. Friend in thanking Ian Spalding and, indeed, Jobcentre Plus staff up and down the country, who do a fantastic job in helping to reduce unemployment. I think that the claimant count in Newark has fallen by 42% since 2010. In the meetings that I have had with jobcentre staff across the country, I have seen that they are enthusiastically implementing universal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Job Creation (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the recent apprenticeship numbers were affected by a spike at the end of the previous period, but the reality is that we have substantially increased the number of apprenticeships in recent years. We have introduced the apprenticeship levy, which puts apprenticeships on a sustainable financial footing. It is this Government, with our industrial strategy,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Social Security Spending: Working Households (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: Since 2015, the level of social security spending for families on in-work benefits has reduced from £28.9 billion to £26.7 billion in real terms. This has happened during a period when we have introduced the national living wage, employment has reached record levels, free childcare has doubled, the personal allowance has increased and income inequality has continued to fall.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Social Security Spending: Working Households (18 Dec 2017)

David Gauke: Let me give the hon. Lady two examples. First, there is the industrial strategy. Secondly, if we want to address in-work poverty, one way in which we can do that is to ensure that people are able to work extra hours. We need a benefits system that does not trap them in working 16 hours a week, because if they can work extra hours, they can increase their income.


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