Results 121–140 of 3042 for speaker:Baroness Buscombe

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment: Disability (30 May 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: We have worked with large employers and expert partners to develop a voluntary reporting framework to support organisations to record and voluntarily report information on disability, mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. This framework was published on 22nd November 2018 and is aimed at large employers with 250 or more employees. The framework encourages employers to report what...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (29 May 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Universal Credit Full Service Claimant Survey found that 98 per cent of claimants claimed online. For those claimants who are unable to access or use our digital services, assistance to make and maintain their claim is available via the Freephone Universal Credit helpline. Face-to-face support is also available in Jobcentres. In exceptional circumstances, a home visit can be arranged to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Working Links: Insolvency (28 May 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Department considered the impact on stakeholders and sub-contractors, based on the Administrator’s statement of affairs at the point of Working Links going into administration, and has worked with both the Administrator and Fedcap, who have taken over a number of Working Links contracts, to minimise the impact on those supply chain partners owed monies by Working Links at the point of...

Child Poverty - Question (21 May 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, the Government are committed to a sustainable solution to poverty so that we can improve children’s long-term outcomes. This means a strong economy and a benefits system that supports employment and higher pay. Children in households where all the adults are working are around five times less likely to be in poverty than those in workless households. However, 13.9% of all UK...

Child Poverty - Question (21 May 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, of course we take the issue of poverty very seriously, although inequality has fallen. Tackling disadvantage will always be a priority for this Government. We have already taken steps to tackle food inequality by providing free school meals and our Healthy Start vouchers. We are also investing up to £26 million in school breakfast clubs along with £9 million to provide meals and...

Child Poverty - Question (21 May 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, we have taken strong action to support working families. We now have the national living wage and so on, but I agree entirely with the noble Lord that it is incredibly important to look closely at low pay and issues around debt. The Government are doing this, and indeed it is something that is close to my heart. Sometimes debt goes to the heart of why people are in poverty. We need...

Child Poverty - Question (21 May 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I cannot agree with the noble Baroness that our policies are doing that; in fact, they are doing precisely the opposite. We have increased in an enormous number of ways the support—not just financial but practical—we give to children in low-income families. Indeed, the previous Question illustrates that. On how we measure poverty, the noble Baroness is right: we should debate,...

Child Poverty - Question (21 May 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I pay tribute to my noble friend Lord Farmer for the enormous amount of work he has done and continues to do so selflessly in this area. He is absolutely right: this is not just about money. The truth is that support for the family structure is critical. Parents play a critical role in giving children the experiences and skills they need to succeed. Children exposed to parental...

Child Poverty - Question (21 May 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, the right reverend Prelate referenced holidays, which is a really important issue because children are outside school protection. In 2018 the Government announced a programme of work to explore how best to ensure that disadvantaged young people can access healthy food and enriching activities over the school holidays. This included awarding contracts to seven organisations to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Food Banks: Somerset (21 May 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Government does not collect official data on the use of food banks, therefore has not made such assessments. We have worked with food insecurity experts, the Office for National Statistics and the Scottish Government to introduce a new set of food security questions in the Family Resources Survey starting from April 2019. This means that we will in future be able to monitor the prevalence...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Eastman Kodak: Pensions Protection Fund (14 May 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Pension Protection Fund is a statutory public corporation led by its Board and accountable to Parliament through the Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions. The original decision in the Kodak case, which provided savers with the potential to receive benefits above Pension Protection Fund levels, was finely balanced and carefully assessed with the benefit of the due...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (10 May 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: We have had a number of workshops with stakeholders during which consent has been discussed, and we plan to do further work. This will include working with claimants and their representatives to ensure the process works effectively for vulnerable claimants to access the service.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Children (10 May 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Department will be providing updated figures to those we published in June 2018. This will show the number of claimants affected by the policy to provide support for a maximum of two children as at April 2019. The full breakdown of the current statistics can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-tax-credit-an...

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

Baroness Buscombe: We committed to working with stakeholders to inform our approach to Work Capability Assessment (WCA) reform in the Improving Lives Command Paper published in 2017 and have been engaging on this broader issue through a number of forums. This has included our Policy Forum, a small group involving academics, think tanks and a number of disability charities. Specifically, on the single...

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

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, as I have already said, Ministers are considering the judgment in detail and will make a decision about their response in due course. When designing universal credit, it was important to provide a simpler system, and a conscious choice was made not to replicate every aspect of disability provision in the legacy system, which contains seven different disability payments. These are...

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

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I make it clear that current severe disability premium claimants will receive transitional protection as part of the managed migration process. We now have transitional payments in place for severe disability premium claimants who have moved on to universal credit. As the noble Baroness well knows, we are now spending over £50 billion a year on benefits to support disabled people...

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

Baroness Buscombe: As the noble Baroness knows, the focus of this Urgent Question is the court case and severe disability payments. We put that block—if I can call it that—in place on 16 January, to stop those with a severe disability migrating, and to prevent any more people who are on severe disability premium naturally migrating to universal credit, because we recognise that there is an issue here....

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

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I am sticking to the Urgent Question—which is about the severe disability premium. However, the reality is that we are looking at that judgment and considering with care the way in which we support those who are transferring naturally to universal credit. It is important that we have the legislation in place as soon as possible, so that in future everybody is manage-migrated, as...

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

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat in the form of a Statement the Answer given by my honourable friend the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work to an Urgent Question in another place on the transfer of the severe disability premium to universal credit. The Statement is as follows: “Universal credit is the biggest change of the welfare system since it was...


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