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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Repayments (19 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Department recognises the importance of safeguarding the welfare of claimants who have incurred debt. Universal Credit already has procedures and regulations in place to protect claimants from excessive deductions. The maximum rate of deductions cannot normally exceed 40 per cent of the Universal Credit standard allowance, and from October 2019 this will be reduced to 30 per cent. The...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Arcadia Group: Pensions (19 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Government cannot intervene with the decisions taken by trustees of pension schemes. The Pensions Regulator is an independent body, and as such the Government cannot comment on any cases dealt with by the Regulator. Due to this, the Government does not have plans to review the oversight exercised over the Arcadia scheme, or the use of powers in relation to the scheme.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Money Purchase Schemes (18 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: This Government has recently published a response to a Collective Defined Contribution schemes consultation setting out its plans, and has engaged extensively with key stakeholders.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Arcadia Group: Pensions (18 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: Neither Ministers nor officials have written to, had meetings with, or communicated in other forms with Sir Philip Green or Lady Christina Green. Ministers and officials have quarterly meetings with the Pensions Regulator, but not specifically concerning Sir Philip Green or the Arcadia Group. This is because the Pensions Regulator is an independent body, and as such the Government cannot...

Children Living in Poverty - Question (17 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, there are 1.7 million children in families where at least one adult is in work in absolute poverty, before housing costs. However, the evidence shows that nearly half of these families are in part-time work or are self-employed. A child living in a household where every adult is working is about five times less likely to be in relative poverty than a child in a household where...

Children Living in Poverty - Question (17 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, the statistics expressed by the noble Baroness do not reflect the £1.7 billion a year cash boost to our welfare system announced in the Budget, which will enable 2.4 million households to keep more of what they earn. We have taken strong action to support working families. The latest rise in the national living wage will increase a full-time worker’s annual pay by over £2,750...

Children Living in Poverty - Question (17 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I have already made it clear at this Dispatch Box that we intend to end the benefit freeze next year. Again, the stats produced by the Social Metrics Commission last year predate much of the additional support that we have invested in the system since the last Autumn Budget. We have done a huge amount to help families through transforming the welfare system so that people are not...

Children Living in Poverty - Question (17 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, again, we are doing a huge amount, quite a lot of which is not reported or reflected in the additional support we have injected. I have just returned from the G7 in Paris, where we focused on labour. There is no question that, across the world, the changing world of work presents challenges. We are at the forefront on this issue; other countries look to us. Our living wage is way in...

Children Living in Poverty - Question (17 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: Absolutely. The increase in weekly earnings makes a huge difference. Tackling poverty will always be a priority for this Government; they have lifted 400,000 people out of absolute poverty since the party opposite was in government. Inequality has fallen. Our reforms have made sure—this is important—that our welfare system encourages people into work, but is also fairer for the taxpayer...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (6 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: Universal Credit is designed to react and respond quickly to feedback from our stakeholders and claimants to improve the service we offer. This means that any report based on a view of the service at a given date may well be inaccurate only a short period afterwards. This is the case with this Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) report. The report does not take into account recent changes to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Equality (6 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: National statistics on income inequality are published annually in the “Households Below Average Income” publication using the Gini coefficient. The Gini coefficient is an international standard technical measure of how incomes are distributed across all individuals. It ranges from 0% (when everyone has identical incomes) to 100% (when all income goes to only one person). From 2009/10...

Housing: Pensions and Deposits - Question (5 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, the Government have no plans to change access to accrued pension savings. Automatic enrolment has transformed pension participation, with over 10 million people enrolled in workplace schemes. We will build on these reforms. We are also committed to helping people realise their aspiration to own their own home. Since 2010, over half a million people have been helped to purchase a...

Housing: Pensions and Deposits - Question (5 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: I entirely agree with the noble Lord that we must think carefully about how we encourage and support people to save for the long term and their retirement. That is why we are so pleased about the success of auto-enrolment. Our priority remains establishing long-term savings behaviour, so that people are enabled to save for greater security. Automatic enrolment has already reversed the decline...

Housing: Pensions and Deposits - Question (5 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: I entirely agree with the noble Baroness that one of our key concerns is to ensure that we encourage this culture of young people saving for their retirement. Of course, we do not want to do anything which would expedite them getting into financial difficulty by accessing their pension pots early. We are very excited by young people’s level of uptake of the auto-enrolment pension scheme....

Housing: Pensions and Deposits - Question (5 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: I do agree. I am sorry that I am not the Housing Minister answering this Question, but it is important that we are committed to ensuring the housing market works for everyone. Of course, there is more to do. That is why we have announced an extra £17 billion in funding for Help to Buy since 2017 and reformed stamp duty so that 80% of first-time buyers will not pay tax. We are absolutely on a...

Housing: Pensions and Deposits - Question (5 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I am very grateful that the noble Baroness has formed a new friendship over this topical Question. In short, our focus in the Department for Work and Pensions is on ensuring we support young people in every way we can to save for the long-term, for their retirement and security. I have to say to noble Lords opposite that, if they feel as I do, perhaps it is not right that we should...

Housing: Pensions and Deposits - Question (5 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, as I said, I am not the Housing Minister, but I will say this. Clearly, we must be very careful about how we develop our policies in this area. The reality is that our schemes are working. We are building a record number of homes. The latest evaluation has found that there is no evidence of a significant impact on house prices overall. The Help to Buy scheme is a hugely important...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Money Purchase Schemes (5 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: This Government has recently published a response to a Collective Defined Contribution schemes consultation setting out its plans, and has engaged extensively with key stakeholders.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Poverty (4 Jun 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The information on numbers of children entering and exiting poverty is not available. However, figures for percentages of children moving in and out of poverty are collected in the Income Dynamics publication. These are available in Table 8.1, and in the table below: 2010-2011 to 2011-2012 2011-2012 to 2012-2013 2012-2013 to 2013-2014 2013-2014 to 2014-2015 2014-2015 to 2015-2016...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Office for Disability Issues: Staff (30 May 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: On 9 May 2019 the current number of staff in Office for Disability Issues is 16. The numbers of staff in preceding years was; 1 Jan 2019 15 1 Jan 2018 11.5 1 Jan 2017 13.65 1 Jan 2016 20.4 Information not available between April 2012 to December 2015 as the ODI data was subsumed into that of a larger team. For 2010 to 2012 figures are available for end...


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