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Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: I congratulate my good friend the hon. Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) on securing today’s debate on the state pension age and the 30-odd colleagues who have spoken. The decisions by successive Governments concerning the rise in the state pension age were reached by reason of equality legislation, increased life expectancy and sustainability of the state pension. Since world war...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: The hon. Gentleman and I both voted for the 2011 Act to increase the state pension age, with the circumstances that apply, after much consideration of the variety of options that had been proposed. He and I, and certainly the Scottish National party and the Scottish Government, have differing views on taxation, such as on whether it should support Trident, but, with respect, the tax reduction...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for raising that specific point, because I genuinely believe she is scaremongering—[Interruption.] Oh, yes. On the issue of life expectancy, there are two fundamental sources. The first is the ONS, which has repeatedly made it clear that life expectancy is rising across the board. We cannot get away from the fact that the ONS reported only this month that...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: If the hon. Lady will bear with me, I will answer her point. In relation to specific areas of Scotland, the long and short of it is that I do not have the life expectancies for specific constituencies, as has been asked for, but in the Glasgow city area, for example, life expectancy at birth, according to the December 2017 ONS figures, has increased by more than four years for men. Life...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: I am conscious of your restrictions on the length of time available to me, Madam Deputy Speaker, so I will come back to the hon. Lady in a moment, if she will allow me. The state pension was initially addressed in the 1995 Act. The need to do so arose because of life expectancy changes and the anticipated increase in the number of pensioners in the years to come. As I have said, the Labour...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: I am conscious of Madam Deputy’s Speaker’s desire that I should end my speech speedily, so I will write to the hon. Lady with a detailed reply to the point she just raised. I have barely had a chance to address the arguments made by my hon. Friends from Scotland, which include the point raised eloquently by my hon. Friend the Member for Moray (Douglas Ross) that Jeane Freeman, my...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: The hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Alan Brown) will be aware that in 2007, after 10 years of a Labour Government, the then Government considered all matters of pensions legislation and passed the Pensions Act 2007. During their 13 years in power Labour Members had total capacity to do something about what they now say is not appropriate. With respect, there is a legitimate point to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Winter Fuel Payments (12 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: Winter Fuel Payments are made annually, and largely automated, to ensure that administrative costs are kept to acceptable levels across 12 million payments. Although we have made no assessment of this specific proposal, we know that each level of complexity in the system increases the costs of delivery. Recipients are free to use the payment in the best way for them.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad (12 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: A woman’s state pension age is not affected by where she is currently residing. The current timetable for State Pension age is available at the link below: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachm ent_data/file/310231/spa-timetable.pdf

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad (11 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: The UK State Pension is a contributory based pension payable worldwide, without regard to nationality, to those who meet the eligibility criteria. But it is uprated abroad only where there is a legal requirement to do so - for example, where UK State Pension recipients are living within the European Economic Area, Switzerland and Gibraltar or in countries where there is a reciprocal agreement...

Prison Reform and Safety: Financial Inclusion (7 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: It is a great pleasure to speak on behalf of the Government on the key issue of financial inclusion and the single financial guidance body, which we hope to bring before the House in the new year. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Jeremy Quin) for calling the debate and for the contribution he made as a step-in member of the Financial Inclusion Commission, following in the...

Prison Reform and Safety: Financial Inclusion (7 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: It is interesting that my hon. Friend raises that point, because it was specifically addressed by their lordships in some detail. He will be aware that the new financial guidance body will simplify the existing public financial guidance landscape, making it easier for all people to access information and guidance. Let me briefly address the statutory objectives and functions, because I think...

Prison Reform and Safety: Financial Inclusion (7 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: It is a fair to say that the work of the Financial Inclusion Commission—I have met many of its members—needs to be recognised. In relation to credit unions, it is right that we pay tribute to the work that my hon. Friend has done. Does he agree that we should laud the fact that credit unions now have 1.29 million members, that their members and loans have doubled since 2006, and...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensions: Advisory Services (7 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: Ministers and officials of the Department regularly meet with representatives from the pensions industry and will continue to do so ahead of the introduction of the new single financial guidance body and development of the pensions dashboard. The Single Financial Guidance Body aims to simplify the existing public financial guidance landscape, including pensions guidance, and will provide even...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Wise (7 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: We are considering all options for making sure people have access to whatever source of advice or guidance they feel is right for them. One of the core objectives of the new Single Financial Guidance Body will be to rationalise and build on the fantastic pensions guidance that is already available. The new body will bring the expertise of the existing services together to increase take up...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Databases (7 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: Claimants are responsible for the information they provide to the Department. If there is any doubt as to the person’s cognitive capacity at the point that information is, or should be supplied, the Department can, if it is appropriate, initiate its appointeeship process. This involves the Secretary of State appointing a third party to act for the claimant in managing their benefit...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Credit Unions (5 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: The Association of British Credit Unions (ABCUL) is delivering the Credit Union Expansion Project. Three credit unions are using the banking platform delivered through CUEP though none have signed off to business as usual. There is no plan to make changes to the contract.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensioners: British Nationals Abroad (4 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: UK State Pensions are payable worldwide to those who are eligible, without regard to nationality. They are up-rated where there is a legal requirement to do so, for example in EEA countries and countries where there is a reciprocal agreement in place that allows for up-rating. This has been the policy of successive Governments for around 70 years and the Government has no plans to change this...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Winter Fuel Payments (4 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: A person is entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment based on their circumstances in the week beginning on the third Monday in September (known as the qualifying week). This ensures that entitlement relies, among other things, on their age during that week, and it means that most people receive their payment before Christmas. If the qualifying week were moved to the start of the financial year, then...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Post Office Card Account (4 Dec 2017)

Guy Opperman: The information requested in respect of the cost per customer and cost per transaction is commercially sensitive. The total cost of administering pensions and benefits through post office card accounts over the life of the contract is £250.9m from December 2014 to November 2021. The administration of DWP pensions and benefit payments through bank accounts is managed under the HMRC...


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