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Universal Credit: Managed Migration - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: I thank the right reverend Prelate for his positive response to these regulations. I appreciate the frustration of noble Lords who feel that they seem to have come late in the day. As I said, the key reason for that relates to the judgment, which we needed to respond to. We needed to get it right. The judgment said that there was an unintended consequence and we were not being quite fair in...

Universal Credit: Managed Migration - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: I am in full flight here.

Universal Credit: Managed Migration - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: One reason I became a Conservative was that there was an incredible advertisement in 1979 that said, “Labour Isn’t Working”. It showed lines and lines of people outside what we then called the employment exchange. That was a long time ago, but in 2010—the noble Lord knows this—20% of working-age households were still entirely workless. We have got that down to 13.9%. It is still not...

Universal Credit: Managed Migration - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The right reverend Prelate will know that each and every parent will receive child benefit for each and every child, no matter how many children they might have now and into the future. In addition, we are talking about children born after April 2017. Following a decision that was made under the current Secretary of State, my right honourable friend in another place—and made very public so...

Universal Credit: Managed Migration - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The noble Lord is quite right. There is no question—it is quite right, absolutely right—that we should report once we have done the pilot, before regulations are laid to roll out the entire managed migration. I apologise to your Lordships if I failed to make that absolutely clear. I think the suggestion put forward by that committee that we have a pilot was right. It has taken us time to...

Universal Credit: Managed Migration - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: I thank both the noble Baronesses, Lady Sherlock and Lady Janke, for their questions. I have to agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Sherlock, that it has been a journey. It has not been easy, but I am pleased to say that we are, we believe, now in a very good place. It has taken longer than we would have liked, but through that process, we have made some serious improvements not only to the...

Universal Credit: Managed Migration - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: I am glad that the noble Baroness has prompted me. We will publish an assessment of the impacts prior to scaling of managed migration. As we said in our response to SSAC, we are conducting detailed equality assessments of migration plans as part of our public sector equality duty. We will report on the impacts of the testing, which will be evaluated, and we will respond through a report on...

Universal Credit: Managed Migration - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat a Statement made in another place by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The Statement is as follows: “Mr Speaker, at the core of this department is the desire to deliver a considered and considerate welfare system that incentivises work. Universal credit has been rolled out nationally and now has...

Personal Independence Payments - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for his response and his understanding that we welcome this judgment. As he will know, we regularly consult stakeholders to help shape the training of DWP staff, and I am proud that we now have, in respect of training, a mental health champion in each of our personal independence payment assessment centres. We welcome this judgment, as it helps us to gain a...

Personal Independence Payments - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: I shall do my best to respond to the noble Baroness, who of course knows so much about this area. On waiting times, we are committed to processing PIP claims as quickly as possible while ensuring that we have all the evidence we need to make the right decisions. A key issue has been not having sufficient medical information in the first instance. We are working with the NHS to see what we can...

Personal Independence Payments - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, we are working hard to get on top of these problems, and no one is working harder than my honourable friend in another place the Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP. We recognise that for the most severely disabled claimants the award review process can seem unnecessarily intrusive. That is why those with most severe lifetime disabilities are more likely to have their...

Personal Independence Payments - Statement (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I will now repeat the Answer to an Urgent Question asked in another place concerning personal independence payment: “The Supreme Court has ruled on the case known as MM, or SSWP v MM. This case was about the definition of ‘social support’, when engaging with other people face to face in the PIP assessment, and how far in advance that support can be...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Uprating (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: If the weekly rates of child benefit had been uprated with CPI the rates would have been: Amount in 2019/20 if they had been uprated with CPI First Child Rate 22.05 Subsequent Child Rate 14.60 If the monthly rates for the Universal Credit standard allowance and child element had been uprated with CPI from 2016/17 to 2019/20 the rates would have been: Amount in 2019/20...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: In 2016-17, 1.81m (60 per cent) of eligible state pensioners claimed Pension Credit. Corresponding figures for 2017-18 and 2018-19 are not yet available. Official statistics on the take-up of income related benefits at Great Britain level, including Pension Credit, can be found in the ‘Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up in 2016 to 2017’ publication on gov.uk. Historic and...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Welfare Assistance Schemes (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The reforms to the Social Fund in 2013 allowed local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales to deliver their own local provision for people who are in need of urgent help. The Department for Work and Pension's (DWP) 2014 review found that local authorities delivered support more effectively than the previous provision and that councils are best placed to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Poverty (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: This Government is committed to a sustainable solution to poverty in all its forms, by building a strong economy and a benefit system that supports employment and higher pay. We have acted to increase the incomes of the poorest in society, for example, by increasing the National Living Wage and announcing a £4.5 billion cash boost to Universal Credit in the last Budget. We are also working...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Food Poverty (23 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: This Government is committed to a sustainable solution to poverty in all its forms, by building a strong economy and a benefit system that supports employment and higher pay. Households where all adults are in work are around 6 times less likely to be in relative poverty than adults in a household where nobody works. Compared to 2010, there are 3.7 million more people in work and around 1...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Disadvantaged: Children and Young People (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: We welcome the Overcoming Poverty of Hope report which provides valuable insight into young people’s views and concerns about their own future. We are committed to providing support for young people so that everyone, no matter what their start is in life, is given the best chance of getting into work. The department has a variety of support for young people such as the Youth Obligation...


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