Results 1–20 of 1150 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Caroline Dinenage

Women and Equalities: Women’s State Pension Age (12 Oct 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has regular discussions with the Minister for Women and Equalities, but the Government will not be revisiting the state pension age for women born in the 1950s who are affected by the Pensions Acts 1995, 2007 and 2011.

Women and Equalities: Women’s State Pension Age (12 Oct 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: The Government have already introduced transitional arrangements at a cost of £1.1 billion. The cost of reversing the Acts would be in excess of £70 billion and create an inequality between women and men.

Women and Equalities: Women’s State Pension Age (12 Oct 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: I thank my hon. Friend for that question. I am not a legal professional, but I think that any amendment to the current legislation that creates a new inequality between men and women would unquestionably be highly dubious as a matter of law.

Women and Equalities: Women’s State Pension Age (12 Oct 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: The hon. Gentleman is very right to raise that question. Clearly, there is support on that matter across the House. However, it is also right that arrangements for the state pension system reflect welcome changes in average life expectancy and address long-standing inequalities in pension age. If we had not equalised state pension ages, women would be expected to spend more than 40% of their...

Women and Equalities: Women’s State Pension Age (12 Oct 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: I am delighted that the hon. Lady is considering taking on an apprenticeship, because a very large number of women over the age of 60 are. I do not think that anybody should be forced to take one on, but those who want to should be practically encouraged to do so. Between August 2016 and April 2017, the number of apprenticeship starts for people aged 60 and over was 3,500, an increase on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: Where a parent fails to pay on time or in full, we aim to take immediate action to recover that debt and to re-establish compliance. Where someone’s personal income appears suspicious in any way, caseworkers may refer that case to our newly beefed-up financial investigations unit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (9 Oct 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: We are always concerned about substandard rental accommodation, and we do keep in touch with the relevant bodies. This is something that is generally of concern to the Department, and it is something we will keep an eye on moving forward.

High Court Judgment: Benefit Cap (4 Jul 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. I congratulate the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss) on securing this important debate on the benefit cap High Court judgment. The hon. Lady is absolutely right to bring the issue to the House. As she knows, the Government are committed to building a country that works for everyone, and that means taking...

High Court Judgment: Benefit Cap (4 Jul 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: I am afraid the hon. Gentleman is just wrong. Some 1.3 million people on the lowest incomes have been taken out of income tax altogether since 2015. In April 2017, we increased the national living wage to £7.50. That will directly benefit 12 million workers this year. A full-time worker on the national living wage will see their annual pay increase by more than £500. One issue...

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: STEM Careers (23 Mar 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: We simply cannot afford to miss out on the talents of half the population. Increasing the number of women in STEM industries is vital for economic growth and to eliminate the gender pay gap. That is why we are improving the quality of STEM teaching, funding programmes such as the Stimulating Physics Network and the further maths support programme, and raising awareness of career opportunities...

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: STEM Careers (23 Mar 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: I am delighted to join my hon. Friend in congratulating his constituent, Katie Goodwill, on her fantastic achievement. Role models are so important—that is why more than 40% of our STEM ambassadors are women. They are helping to inspire the next generation, just as I am sure his constituent Katie will.

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: STEM Careers (23 Mar 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: I certainly will have conversations with my colleague in the Department for Education, but the right hon. Lady must remember that there are no such things as girls’ jobs and boys’ jobs, and we have to get that message across from the earliest stages of kids’ engagement with the education system. That is why we have chosen to focus on increasing the take-up of STEM subjects,...

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: STEM Careers (23 Mar 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to draw attention to that scheme and others that make such a difference up and down the country. She should also be aware that we are investing an additional half a billion pounds in developing technical skills for 16 to 19-year-olds via the new T-level certificate. We are encouraging girls to take advantage of that scheme to gain valuable industry skills...

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: STEM Careers (23 Mar 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: The Government have taken unprecedented steps to ensure that we continue to invest in those subjects, and that they continue to have massive focus in our schools. We are also publishing online guidance—“Your daughter’s future”—that helps parents to support their daughters in careers choices, so that they ensure that they include all those important subjects when...

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: Women in Work (23 Mar 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: I am delighted that there are now more women in work than ever before, and that the female employment rate is nearly 70%, which is the highest on record. The female employment rate has increased by more since 2010 than it increased during the three previous Parliaments combined.

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: Women in Work (23 Mar 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to draw attention to that. We want to ensure that all women can fulfil their potential. That is why the Government have extended the right to flexible working and introduced shared parental leave. From September, we will double the 30 hours childcare offer.

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: Women in Work (23 Mar 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: Maternity discrimination and pregnancy discrimination in any form is utterly illegal and must be tackled. Women must feel that they can bring cases forward, which is why we are committed to ensuring people from all backgrounds can access justice. The introduction of the early conciliation service through ACAS has meant that people have to avoid the stress of going through an employment...

The Minister for Women and Equalities Was Asked: Topical Questions (23 Mar 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: We are consulting on proposals to extend the support that is available under the help with fees schemes. We propose that the gross monthly income threshold for a full fee remission should increase to £1,250, which is broadly the level of the national minimum wage.


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