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Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Work and Pensions: Update on In-Work Progression Commission: Call for Evidence (16 Oct 2020)

Therese Coffey: I established the In-Work Progression Commission - led by Baroness McGregor-Smith - in March this year as part of this government’s commitment to levelling up opportunities for those who want to progress from lower paid jobs into higher paid work. In response to Covid-19, our focus is getting people back into work and our £30bn Plan for Jobs will support hundreds of thousands of people...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Work and Pensions: Warm Home Discount Scheme 20/21 – Direct Support for Pensioners (14 Oct 2020)

Therese Coffey: The Warm Home Discount Scheme (WHDS) provides up to £350m per year to tackle fuel poverty and the pressure placed by energy prices on low income households. Around 1.2 million pensioner households who receive the guarantee element of pension credit are automatically eligible for the WHDS and will receive a £140 discount off their energy bill. Thanks to DWP IT we have data matched nearly...

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] (7 Oct 2020)

Therese Coffey: I beg to move, that the Bill be now read a Second time. Pensions are a fundamental part of everyone’s future. They offer security later in life and can provide much-needed investment to help to build the sustainable future we need. This Bill delivers on our manifesto commitments to legislate for a new style of pension scheme, establish pensions dashboards and tackle those who try to plunder...

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] (7 Oct 2020)

Therese Coffey: My hon. Friend has one of the constituencies with the highest number of pensioners in the country, but for his future pensioners this is an important Bill. It will bring transparency for the first time about what is happening with individual investments. This Government are not in favour of trying to force divestment of different elements of fossil fuels and similar—I am conscious that he...

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] (7 Oct 2020)

Therese Coffey: The Bill will require the pension schemes to provide all the data that they have available, so that it can be brought together to provide that information. I am conscious that this is further data, which may take a little time to come together, but this has been worked on for some time and we have made careful progress with the industry to get to this point. If my hon. Friend has any more...

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] (7 Oct 2020)

Therese Coffey: Our aim is to empower consumers through dashboards and the Government believe that they are best served through multiple dashboards. Of course we have listened carefully to the concerns expressed in the other House as well as in this place. We are still on Second Reading, and I think it is fair to say that we will be considering the contributions carefully and that any matters that may need...

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] (7 Oct 2020)

Therese Coffey: My hon. Friend is right to say that dashboards could encourage more people to consider consolidating their pension pots. There is guidance out there, and the Pensions Minister assures me that we are continuing to review the costs and charges that can happen in that regard. There is an element of administration cost that comes with such transfers, but I can assure my hon. Friend that we are on...

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] (7 Oct 2020)

Therese Coffey: I understand exactly the point my hon. Friend makes. My understanding is that the Financial Conduct Authority is changing its guidance or approach to make sure that asset managers are also getting on board. We are trying to ensure that asset managers, as well as trustees, are aware, so we have that collaborative arrangement to make sure we can make progress on this important use of pension...

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] (7 Oct 2020)

Therese Coffey: I know that the right hon. Gentleman and his Select Committee are looking at this matter carefully, and I appreciate that he has been in discussions with my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, who I believe wrote to the right hon. Gentleman yesterday. It is certainly an issue on which we want to continue to work to identify circumstances that could raise red flags,...

Pension Schemes Bill [Lords] (7 Oct 2020)

Therese Coffey: My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has just told me he will share with the hon. Gentleman the letter that he sent to the Chair of the Select Committee. Generally, pensions legislation has broad support across the House, in recognition of the fact that these are long-term decisions, so of course the Government will look carefully at any amendments in Committee...

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill (1 Oct 2020)

Therese Coffey: I beg to move, that the Bill be now read a Second time. I am pleased to introduce the Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill. It makes technical changes for one year only that will ensure that state pensions can still potentially be uprated, despite the likely fall in earnings. This will allow the Government to maintain a manifesto commitment to the pensions triple lock policy,...

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill (1 Oct 2020)

Therese Coffey: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point. We always want to encourage people to take up benefits to which they are entitled. There was an extensive amount of advertising earlier in the year, which was linked into GP surgeries and other public places, in order to encourage that uptake. The changes that the BBC has made in regard to the TV licence has also encouraged some people to take...

Work and Pensions: Returning to Employment: Covid-19 (14 Sep 2020)

Therese Coffey: The furlough scheme, as we have heard, has been a huge success in helping millions of employees to keep their link to their employer, as well as providing other opportunities for people who are self-employed, with support through grants or through the benefit scheme. Our plan for jobs is a cross-Government initiative that will promote employment opportunities for people of all ages. Our local...

Work and Pensions: Returning to Employment: Covid-19 (14 Sep 2020)

Therese Coffey: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to highlight the value that experience can bring to the workplace and to a potential new employer. The SWAPs programme allows those looking to pivot into new rules to gain experience in that new area, and in the coming months our job-finding support package will draw on private sector expertise to help those who have recently lost their job, while our job...

Work and Pensions: Returning to Employment: Covid-19 (14 Sep 2020)

Therese Coffey: Our £30 billion plan for jobs will see us support people of all ages in building the skills they may need to return to work. One of the key elements is what we are calling SWAPs—the sector-based work academy programme, which is expanding the opportunities in priority areas such as construction, infrastructure and social care, and which can provide training, work experience and a guaranteed...

Work and Pensions: Returning to Employment: Covid-19 (14 Sep 2020)

Therese Coffey: Indeed, and key to identifying those important opportunities and ways to help people over the age of 25 will be our network of empowered work coaches who engage proactively with claimants to help them to identify the options they need to help to build their skills, increase their confidence and return to employment. We are already doubling the number of work coaches, and my hon. Friend will...

Work and Pensions: Returning to Employment: Covid-19 (14 Sep 2020)

Therese Coffey: The hon. Lady is perhaps far from what is going on. I think she has very recently visited her local jobcentre to discuss this. I want to encourage her by saying that a number of people can be on-boarded into the Department at any one time, given the comprehensive amount of training that is needed to be a work coach. We have also done this in such a way that many existing DWP civil servants...

Work and Pensions: Kickstart Scheme: Harlow (14 Sep 2020)

Therese Coffey: Applications only started on 2 September, and already thousands of employers have expressed interest in providing kickstart opportunities for young people. We are working hard to deliver the scheme. We have not yet developed data on the local level, but I am confident that the management information will start to become available so that we can identify right across the country exactly how...

Work and Pensions: Kickstart Scheme: Harlow (14 Sep 2020)

Therese Coffey: It is important that a wide range of choice is available to young people, in particular, as they set out in their career, so we will be having kickstart but we will also be having aspects of apprenticeships. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education announced an additional £2,000 of support for each new apprentice hired from the age of 25. In Harlow specifically, our...

Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (14 Sep 2020)

Therese Coffey: It has been less than two weeks since the Government launched the kickstart scheme, which will help thousands of young people on to a vital step on the jobs ladder. Thousands of employers have already expressed an interest and I am pleased that several have already had funding approved. Smaller organisations that do not expect to take on more than 30 kickstarters during the scheme will gain...


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