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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Fund: Employment and Support Allowance (26 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: It is not possible to provide an estimate of the number of claimants affected, due to differences in the way that these payments are administered and because of the variation in individual circumstances. For example, some Social Fund Payments, such as Sure Start Maternity Grant and Funeral Expense Payments, have to be claimed. Some claimants on contributory Employment and Support Allowance...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (25 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Department does not hold information on persons claiming Universal Credit in Northern Ireland. The available data is published at Stat Xplore. The table below shows the number of couples in England, Wales and Scotland, with and without child dependants who are receiving Universal Credit. Couple, no child dependant Couple, with child dependant(s) England 39,798 105,955 Wales...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (25 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: Successive governments of different political persuasions have taken the same approach to increased life expectancy and equality between 1995–2019. The Government has no plans to revisit the policy on women’s State Pension age as brought forward by the 1995 pensions Act or the 2011 Pensions Act, and does not intend to make further concessions. The changes in the 2011 Act occurred...

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

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I think I can say confidently that in our discussions with the HSE it has said that it is confident that it could carry out this—albeit laborious—assessment as our competent national, domestic authority were we to leave without a deal. The noble Lord, Lord McKenzie, asked specifically about impact assessments. The department has been provided with guidance that the impact of EU...

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

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I thank the noble Lords, Lord Fox and Lord McKenzie, for their pertinent questions on this instrument, which is extremely important for the chemicals industry. In response to the noble Lord, Lord Fox, I am here as the DWP Minister. The DWP is the lead department for HSE operations. When the REACH regulations—on which the noble Lord has tabled a Motion—are debated next week, it...

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

Baroness Buscombe: I ask the noble Lord to bear with me in case my officials can reassure me on both those points: I would not like to take a punt, as it were, before we close this debate. I thank the noble Lord, Lord McKenzie, for attending a recent meeting to which all Peers were invited, chaired by the then Minister for Disabled People and the lead Minister for the HSE in the Department of Work and Pensions....

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

Baroness Buscombe: I said that the UK could take into account evaluations made by other regulators, and would seek to do so where feasible. This includes the EU, which will continue to work to the same standards as the UK. It would also maintain the option to take different decisions from the EU 27.

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

Baroness Buscombe: That is a yes. The noble Lords, Lord Fox and Lord McKenzie, asked about data. In a no-deal scenario, following EU exit it is not expected that the UK would be granted any permission to access confidential information held by the European Commission or the European Chemicals Agency, so any information previously submitted via these processes would not be available for the Health and Safety...

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

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, this draft statutory instrument was laid before Parliament on 18 February and was approved in another place on 13 March 2019. The Government’s priority is to reach a negotiated settlement with the EU. However, it is our duty as a responsible Government to prepare for all eventualities, including leaving with no deal. This statutory instrument is one such contingency measure to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Disinfectants: Regulation (21 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The UK currently operates within a harmonised EU framework for the regulation of disinfectants, under the Biocidal Products Regulation 528/2012. The intention is to continue to operate within the existing framework of rules and standards when the UK leaves the EU.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Food Banks (20 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: There is no official data or record of the number of foodbanks in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Details of foodbanks operating through the Trussell Trust network and statistics on the number of food parcels distributed can be found on the charity’s website www.trusselltrust.org. The Independent Foodbank Network is also working to identify food banks in the United Kingdom...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment and Support Allowance (20 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support Schemes are operated by local authorities. These schemes have a range of eligibility criteria and those affected by the ESA underpayment exercises may have qualified under alternative eligibility criteria. However, as part of the ESA underpayment exercise we are liaising with Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and we are informing...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Poverty (20 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Prime Minister has committed the UK to undertaking a Voluntary National Review (VNR) on progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda. This will be presented to the UN’s High Level Political Forum in July this year. The Department for Work and Pensions is leading work across Government to assess progress against sustainable development goal 1 and, as part of this, has...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Deductions (20 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: For legacy benefits (JSA, IS and ESA), where a claimant notifies DWP they are disputing liability for the debt the deductions are stopped until this is resolved. Deductions for arrears of fuel charges are taken from UC as a last resort when other recovery methods have failed and it is considered to be in the best interests of the claimant and their family to prevent the risk of fuel...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Biocidal Products: EU Law (19 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Government does not intend to depart from the framework of the Biocidal Products Regulation 528/2012 (BPR) after the UK’s departure from the EU. Using powers in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 the BPR will be retained in UK law and amended by a statutory instrument solely to correct deficiencies arising from EU exit and to enable the Regulation to function correctly in a UK...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (13 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: On 11 January the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions announced a number of measures that will provide increased support for Universal Credit claimants, including supporting claimants who would benefit from getting paid more frequently. To support this, the Department is running a pilot in 14 jobcentres across England and Wales to actively explain and promote more frequent payments to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Pensions (12 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: We interpret the question to be referring to the Basic Assessment Tool spreadsheet data, which started in September 2015. From 2015 to the end of 2018, the Pensions Regulator’s Basic Assessment Tool was downloaded a total of 6,776 times. The table below provides a breakdown of downloads in each year. Year Downloads 2015 74 2016 4176 2017 2268 2018 258

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Pensions (12 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: I refer the noble Baroness to my answer of 12th November 2018. Employers, trustees, managers and providers must keep certain records including details of the pension contributions payable in each relevant pay reference period by an employer to the scheme, and the amount payable. This includes the contributions due on the employer’s behalf and deductions made from an individual’s earnings....

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Refugees (11 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: Individuals nominate the bank account that they want their Universal Credit award to be paid into, and can therefore choose the bank account holder responsible. Universal Credit awards do not have to be paid into another bank account; as previously stated, Universal Credit awards can be paid through a Post Office Card Account or payments can be made using the Government Payment Exception Service.


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