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Trade Unions - Motion to Take Note (18 Jul 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Jordan on introducing this debate and on the powerful way in which he expressed the issues. It is welcome to hear about trade union matters in this Chamber; they do not feature enough in our deliberations. I declare my interest as a member of the GMB—although I confess that Price Waterhouse did not have many shop stewards from that union. I...

Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (2 Jul 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, I have just two quick questions. First, where the recipient who is due to make payment is subject to a benefit sanction, what impact does that have on the amounts that are collectable, as proposed in this order? Secondly, the £8.40 can be an amalgam of the collection fee and the maintenance payment. So far as the government accounts are concerned, how is that split and dealt with?

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

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Janke, for securing this debate and for the wide-ranging manner in which it was introduced. She referred to the fact that we have seen a host of reports recently, to issues with schools having to buy food for their pupils, to the increase in homelessness and rough sleeping, to universal credit, of course—to which I will return—and to the...

Breathing Space Scheme: Consultation Response - Statement (19 Jun 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, like other noble Lords I warmly welcome today’s announcement. At the start of his presentation, the Minister talked about progress that was being made other than via these announcements, and he referred to financial capability. Can he update us on what progress has been made in that area? He touched upon the issue of overpayments of social security, whether through universal...

Severe Disability Premium: Transfer to Universal Credit - Statement (7 May 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, I thank the Minister for repeating the Answer to the Urgent Question. On their flagship social security policy, the Government have yet again found themselves before the courts, subject to a judgment of illegality, and mired in complexity. As we have heard, on 7 June last year the Government pledged that severe disability premium claimants would no longer have to transfer to...

Financial Guidance and Claims Act 2018 (Naming and Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Take Note (1 May 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: The issue seems not so much to be what is covered by the national curriculum as the extent to which schools have to comply with it. That is the challenge. As I understand it, free schools and others do not have to. That is the stumbling block that we hit last time. We need to unlock that.

Financial Guidance and Claims Act 2018 (Naming and Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Take Note (1 May 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, with this take note Motion my noble friend Lord Stevenson has made an important intervention and it is a timely reminder that we should be making progress on matters covered by the Act. Indeed, he has covered a lot of ground, so I can be brief—or briefish. We are reminded that the decision to name the body the Money and Pensions Service through regulation was to minimise the risk...

Households Below Average Incomes Statistics - Statement (28 Mar 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, might the Minister apply herself succinctly to the points raised? We are using up all this valuable time.

Households Below Average Incomes Statistics - Statement (28 Mar 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, what does the Minister consider to be the veracity of the statement that the previous Government just dumped people on inactive benefits and required nothing from them? Is the case not actually the reverse—that it was Mrs Thatcher’s Government who moved people from unemployment benefit on to incapacity benefit in order to massage the unemployment figures? Was it not the Labour...

Chemicals (Health and Safety) and Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (21 Mar 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her introduction and explanation of these regulations. I acknowledge the contribution of the noble Lord, Lord Fox. Perhaps he might see it as a starter for 10 for Tuesday’s main event. He made some important points, particularly on data, and I am interested in the Minister’s response on that. As should be clear from debate in the other place, we will not...

Social Security Coordination (Council Regulation (EEC) No 1408/71 and Council Regulation (EC) No 859/2003) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (5 Mar 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, I thank the Minister for introducing these regulations. As we have heard, they seek to address deficiencies in retained law caused by the UK withdrawing from the EU. They amend the retained EU regulations comprising the co-ordination regulations, which currently co-ordinate social security systems throughout the EU. Given that the changes these regulations cover potentially create...

Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (5 Mar 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, the Minister has touched on the Opposition’s policy for work in previous debates. How would she respond to the executive summary of a White Paper produced when we were in government, which states: “This White Paper sets out a vision and route map for a welfare state where everyone is given the help they need to get back to work, matched by an expectation that they take up that...

Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (5 Mar 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: Can the Minister tell me what the figure was when the Conservative Government left office previously?

Employment and Support Allowance Payments - Statement (25 Feb 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, the Minister explained that the number of staff included in this exercise has increased from 400 to 1,200. Can she tell us from where those staff have been deployed and what training they have had?

Retirement Age: Women - Question (20 Feb 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, the Government have stated that they are committed to supporting people aged 50 and over to remain in or return to work, which is in part in mitigation of the changes to the state pension age. Can the Minister say what in practice is on offer under that heading and how many older persons’ champions are now in post in Jobcentre Plus districts?

Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (14 Feb 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, this has been a full debate, and many contributors to it have had at least indirect experience of this wretched condition. I will comment on a few contributions before going on to my script. The noble Lord, Lord Freyberg, referred to the historically long-latency circumstances and the need to make sure people understand that occupational lung disease is not a thing of the past—I...

Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 - Motion to Approve (14 Feb 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: Yes, I should speak up. What are the current levels of recovery under the 1979 Act? Also, what drives the quantum of lump sum payments under that Act, which created the schedule in the first place? We know what the uprating is about. The annual question posed is about bringing payments for dependants up to the level payable to sufferers. I join those who say it is time that we should do this....

Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (14 Feb 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, I thank the Minister for explaining the purpose of the orders. On the face of it, the GMP issue is straightforward. As we heard, GMPs are designed to provide a minimum weekly pension broadly equivalent to the amount of additional state provision accrued if not contracted out. Has any assessment been undertaken of the value for money of the GMP system? My noble friend Lady Drake...

Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2019 - Motion to Approve (14 Feb 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: I am sorry to interrupt the Minister. My specific question on that point was about the obligation to re-enrol people after a period.

Social Metrics Commission - Question (29 Jan 2019)

Lord McKenzie of Luton: My Lords, we share my noble friend’s enthusiasm for the approach adopted by the commission, particularly the focus on relative poverty. This is a measure that takes account of both income and inescapable costs to which the Minister has just referred, such as childcare, housing and the impact of disability. Under the commission’s new measure, there are 14.2 million people in poverty,...


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