Results 61–80 of 3042 for speaker:Baroness Buscombe

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (8 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: Work is the best route out of poverty and for people to be more financially independent. Our welfare reforms are part of the Government’s commitment to incentivise moves into work and progression in work, and to better support working families. The Department completed an Impact Assessment titled ‘Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Impact Assessment of the Benefit rate freeze’ in July 2015...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Poverty (8 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: Government definitions of low income households are set out in the annual National Statistics publication Households Below Average Income. Someone is in absolute low income (commonly referred to as ‘absolute poverty’), if they are in a household that received less than 60% of the UK median equivalised net household income in 2010/11, adjusted for inflation. Absolute low income is...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Poverty: Children (8 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: National statistics on the number of children in absolute poverty in a family where at least one adult is employed can be calculated from figures published in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication. In 2017/18, 2.5m children were in absolute poverty (after housing costs) in families with at least one adult in employment. However, nearly half of these families are in part...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Poverty: Children (8 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: National statistics on the number of children in absolute poverty in a family where the adults are in part time employment only can be calculated from figures published in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication. In 2017/18, the number of children in absolute poverty in families where the adult or adults were in part-time employment only, was 400,000 before housing costs, and...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Poverty: Children (8 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: National statistics on the number of children in absolute poverty, in couple families where at least one adult is in full-time self-employment, can be calculated from figures published in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication. In 2017/18, the number of children in absolute poverty, in couple families where at least one adult was in full-time self-employment, was 400,000...

Mental Illness: Job Security and Inequality - Question for Short Debate (4 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Bird, for securing this debate. As usual, these Questions for Short Debate are too short as there is so much to say. I believe I have some good responses to all noble Lords, and I will do my best to answer their questions as I go through. Both employers and the Government have a stake in the nation’s mental health. The Government provide the necessary...

Work Capability Assessment - Statement (4 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I refute the allegation that this is a deeply discredited system. The Department for Work and Pensions takes the death of any claimant very seriously. Where it is made aware that a person has died and it is suggested that that is associated in any way with the department’s activity, a review will be undertaken to identify any lessons that can be learned. It is important to make it...

Work Capability Assessment - Statement (4 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I cannot respond to the specific case that the noble Baroness mentioned, but I will write to her. I can only repeat what I have already said. This is not a question of keeping information from individuals. As I said in the Statement, the reviews that we carry out—84 since 2015—contain extremely personal information. It would not be appropriate to declare which individual cases...

Work Capability Assessment - Statement (4 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: I thank my noble friend for that question because this instance relates to the work capability assessment. As I said, we carry out an independent review of any case where there has been a death by suicide. Yes, we are working hard to reassess the work capability assessments to support claimants and we will integrate the services that deliver both PIP and the WCA from 2021. We are testing the...

Work Capability Assessment - Statement (4 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I will now repeat a Statement made earlier in another place as an Answer to an Urgent Question. The Statement is as follows: “Mr Speaker, the department holds the original commission and final report for all peer reviews of disability benefit claimants’ deaths up to 2015. All these documents are kept for six years from the date of the final report. In October 2015, we moved from...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (3 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: Latest National Statistics estimate that 60 per cent of those eligible for Pension Credit are in receipt of it. The Government is committed to ensuring that older people receive the support they are entitled to and the DWP targets activity on engaging with people who may be eligible to benefits at pivotal stages, such as when they claim State Pension or report a change in their...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Health (3 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 relates to devolved matters therefore it is for the Welsh Government to consider any lessons learnt in respect of Wales.

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

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I thank the noble Baronesses, Lady Janke and Lady Sherlock, for their contributions. I am pleased that the noble Baroness, Lady Janke, is supportive of the statutory instrument. We have been working hard since 2012 to ensure that this system is fairer. It is important that, wherever possible, we encourage both parents to support their children. The noble Baroness, Lady Janke,...

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

Baroness Buscombe: I would like to take both comments away because those are quite useful questions to ask. Perhaps the noble Baroness and I could pursue them beyond your Lordships’ House, in our continuing to review the system as it is. Thank you. Motion agreed.

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

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, these regulations amend child maintenance legislation to enable the delivery of the child maintenance compliance and arrears strategy. The new child maintenance scheme was launched in 2012. It is underpinned by the key principle of encouraging and supporting parents to take responsibility for their children’s upbringing. We know that children have better outcomes when their...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (1 Jul 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: This information is not currently included on a claimant’s Universal Credit statement. Under Universal Credit there is a structured and simplified approach to deductions from benefit. Claimants can view their Universal credit statement online to see how their award is calculated and a breakdown of what deductions are being made, supporting them to manage their financial obligations.

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

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Baroness Janke, for securing this debate, and I thank all those who have contributed on this important issue. I am particularly pleased that the noble Lord, Lord Kirkwood, is back in his place. I shall go through this at a bit of a canter because there are a lot of questions and points to cover, so I ask your Lordships to forgive me for talking rather...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Families: Disadvantaged (27 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Reducing Parental Conflict programme was announced in April 2017 as part of Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families. In the financial years 2017/18 and 2018/19, DWP spent approximately £21m on reducing parental conflict. Forecast spend for 2019/20 is £14.11m. Prior to 2017, DWP funded services which provided support for couples to improve their relationships, although these...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensioners: Means-tested Benefits (27 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: In November 2018, 17 per cent of those in receipt of the State Pension were also in receipt of Pension Credit and / or Housing Benefit.


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