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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: River Stour: Insecticides (24 Apr 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: Local monitoring by General Practitioners of the incidence of bites in the 1990s showed a decline. Whether this was due to the annual treatments cannot be proved conclusively. Dorset Council is undertaking a trial into the effectiveness of a biocidal product against the Blandford Fly. The Health and Safety Executive’s assessment of the product in question, conducted as part of providing...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits Uprating Order 2019 – Lords Debate Corrections (24 Apr 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: I would like to correct the following points I made during the Social Security Benefits Up-rating 2019/20 debate on 5 March 2019 and apologise to the House for these inadvertent errors:I said that “The Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2019 reflects the Government’s continuing commitment to: increase the basic and full rate of the new state pensions by the triple lock.” I should...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensioners: Social Security Benefits (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Government announced on 14 January that the mixed age couple policy change legislated for in the Welfare Reform Act 2012 will come into force on 15 May, following the roll out of Universal Credit. Information was placed on GOV.UK regarding the change and how people could be affected for the purposes of claiming Pension Credit and Housing Benefit for pensioners. This sets out that mixed...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Arcadia Group: Pensions (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Pensions Regulator carries out its functions independently. The Department has not made any representations to the Pensions Regulator in relation to the Arcadia Group in the last three months.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: Households can have their benefits capped either under Housing Benefit, or under Universal Credit, and the latest statistics were published in February 2019, covering households capped to November 2018. Point-in-time caseload: Number of households capped by family type at November 2018, GB Total Single, no child dependant Single, with child dependant(s) Couple, no child dependant...

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

Baroness Buscombe: This government is committed to delivering a sustainable long-term solution to poverty, by building a strong economy and ensuring that the benefit system works with the tax system and the labour market, to support employment and higher pay. The Government does not publish data on those living more than 50% below the poverty line as comparisons of household income and expenditure suggest that...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Asbestos: Industrial Diseases (4 Apr 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Government welcomes the efforts by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to raise awareness of the health risks arising from workplace exposure to asbestos. The announcement by IOSH highlights the need for employers and employees to remain vigilant when undertaking work which may disturb asbestos. The Health and Safety Executive and Local Authority inspectors will...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (3 Apr 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The rationale behind the benefit cap policy is set out in the Impact Assessment, which supported the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. The final update was published in August 2016 and is attached. DWP and HMRC administrative data was used to inform the design of the benefit cap policy, and sample data was not used. Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 Impact Assessment (PDF Document,...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Housing Benefit (3 Apr 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: As part of the ESA underpayment exercise we are informing local authorities of any new, past awards of income-related ESA in line with our business as usual procedures; including guidance on treatment of awards for past periods. This will support local authorities to consider any possible impacts of the ESA underpayment exercise and pay any arrears of past Housing Benefit that are due. Our...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: World Down Syndrome Day (2 Apr 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The UK Government marked this year's World Down Syndrome Day by co-sponsoring and participating in a key side event called "Leave no one behind" at the 21st Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva. The event's theme was “Ensuring all persons with Down Syndrome can access meaningful employment and an adequate standard of living on a full and equal basis...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (2 Apr 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: The Department published its evaluation of the original benefit cap levels “Benefit cap: Analysis of Outcomes of capped claimants” in December 2014. From the findings the Government estimated that capped households were 4.7 percentage points (41%) more likely to flow into work after a year compared to similar uncapped households. Households working more than 16 hours a week and eligible...

Households Below Average Incomes Statistics - Statement (28 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, in many ways we are approaching our support and the welfare system slightly differently from how we did it in the past in terms of where the money goes. We do not necessarily agree that just reinjecting into the system money that might have been saved is the right thing to do. Obviously we want to support people to the best of our ability, but part of that should be practical...

Households Below Average Incomes Statistics - Statement (28 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, of course nobody wants to see poverty rising, and we take these statistics extremely seriously. But I hope the noble Lord heard me when I made it very clear that the statistics relate to two years ago. The reality is that we have done a huge amount to inject more money into the system as well as making a great difference in practical support terms. We do not want people trapped on...

Households Below Average Incomes Statistics - Statement (28 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: I entirely agree with my noble friend. Of course this is very important. It is why I welcome a review of low wages. That is why I want to talk about the big picture; we talk in silos, across different departments, about what each department is trying to do to support those who need support, but the reality is that we can do this only if we take time to stand back and talk across the piece....

Households Below Average Incomes Statistics - Statement (28 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I reassure the noble Baroness that we spend hours and hours crafting what we will say at the Dispatch Box because it is hugely important that what we say is accurate. I can confirm to the best of my ability that the noble Baroness should believe what I have said, because I can say categorically that life is tough if we get it wrong. The noble Baroness is right, of course, that we...

Households Below Average Incomes Statistics - Statement (28 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I remember well, when I was a shadow Minister, sitting where the noble Baroness, Lady Sherlock, sits, listening to history being written on an almost daily basis. I respect the noble Lord’s question but I have to say to him: if that is the case, why were 20% of all households in this country entirely workless back in 2010? I think that is a disgraceful figure, and we are doing...

Households Below Average Incomes Statistics - Statement (28 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: I thank my noble friend for that question. Funnily enough, this was one of main reasons why I came into politics in the first place. I thought it was appalling that for women wanting to work and support their households, but also needing to consider caring responsibilities, childcare was the big stumbling block. I could not get anyone in government to understand that so I came into politics...

Households Below Average Incomes Statistics - Statement (28 Mar 2019)

Baroness Buscombe: My Lords, I will do my best to respond to the noble Baronesses, Lady Sherlock and Lady Thomas of Winchester, without repeating what I have already said in the Statement. It is important to make clear that these statistics focus on household income only, and are based on a survey of households which took place in 2017-18. It is important to recognise that the vast majority of people who were...

Households Below Average Incomes Statistics - Statement (28 Mar 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, Amber Rudd. The Statement is as follows: “Mr Speaker, with your permission, I would like to make a Statement on the poverty statistics published today. These statistics cover a range of poverty indicators. In a year where...


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