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Universal Credit (Liverpool) (11 Sep 2018)

Guy Opperman: I congratulate the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton (Dan Carden) on securing today’s debate. I apologise to the House that the Minister for Employment is not able to be here, so I am deputising on his behalf. We are introducing universal credit at a time when record numbers of people are in work and unemployment is at its lowest rate in more than 40 years. Since 2010, 1,000 jobs a day...

Universal Credit (Liverpool) (11 Sep 2018)

Guy Opperman: I cannot comment on the individual case, but it is unquestionably the case that the old system had inherent flaws and, as the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton very fairly said in his speech, it was right for it to be reformed at that particular time. We may have a debate and a discussion about the quality of the system thereafter, but the reform of the old system was unquestionably the right...

Universal Credit (Liverpool) (11 Sep 2018)

Guy Opperman: The reality of the situation is that, as the roll-out takes place across the country, there are good examples, as was seen when I visited Brierley Hill in my hon. Friend’s constituency, of excellent integration—

Universal Credit (Liverpool) (11 Sep 2018)

Guy Opperman: I totally accept that, but with respect, Ms McDonagh, the integration of services is a nationwide matter, and the roll-out is happening across 430 Jobcentres.

Universal Credit (Liverpool) (11 Sep 2018)

Guy Opperman: With respect, that is what I am attempting to do and intending to come to. The hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton raised the issue of local authority funding. The Department for Work and Pensions provides local authorities with UC support funding and new burden funding to take account of additional costs. The local authority should provide the data, and he should be aware that £14...

Universal Credit (Liverpool) (11 Sep 2018)

Guy Opperman: Very briefly; I have barely a minute.

Universal Credit (Liverpool) (11 Sep 2018)

Guy Opperman: I will ensure that the Department gets in contact with the hon. Gentleman to find out the details of which he complains. He will understand that I cannot specifically answer that particular point now, but contact will be made if he provides the explanation of the specific examples that he is concerned about. It is definitely the case, though, that the individual Jobcentres are working with...

Backbench Business: Defined-benefit Pension Schemes (10 Jul 2018)

Guy Opperman: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I thank the hon. Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Laura Smith) for three things: first, for bringing this important debate forward; secondly, for entitling the debate, “Protecting defined-benefit schemes,” when we have a White Paper on that exact point, which allows me to address that; and thirdly, for being...

Backbench Business: Defined-benefit Pension Schemes (10 Jul 2018)

Guy Opperman: My hon. Friend will be pleased to know that I am not being dragged but going voluntarily down to Brighton, where the Pensions Regulator is based, this Thursday for a proper five-hour sit-down. In that, I will certainly take up some of the concerns of the hon. Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Laura Smith).

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: State Pension (2 Jul 2018)

Guy Opperman: In 2010, there were 17,400 recipients of the state pension in Kettering, and the most recent data shows that that number had risen to 18,600 in 2017. In cash terms, the full basic state pension is now worth £1,450 a year more in 2018-19 than in 2010. That is a £660 a year more than would have been the case if the pension had been uprated solely by earnings.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: State Pension (2 Jul 2018)

Guy Opperman: As you know, Mr Speaker, where Kettering leads the nation follows. In Kettering, a record-breaking 10,000 men and women have now been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension. They are part of the millions of working men and women of this nation who are similarly benefiting from automatic enrolment.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pension Transition Arrangements (2 Jul 2018)

Guy Opperman: The Department has received a number of representations from people regarding changes to state pension age since 1995, and the matter has been comprehensively debated on many occasions. Women will receive their state pension either at the same age as men or earlier as we remove the current inequality.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pension Transition Arrangements (2 Jul 2018)

Guy Opperman: It is always good to hear the dinosaur that is my friend from the north-east, the hon. Member for Jarrow (Mr Hepburn). He was in government between 1997 and 2010 when he could have changed the law and did not. The reality of the situation is that the richest 1% have never paid more tax than at present and that corporation tax reductions create jobs, as has been comprehensively proved. He, I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Pension Transition Arrangements (2 Jul 2018)

Guy Opperman: I merely repeat the point that I made previously: between 1997 and 2010, there was a Labour Government. Not only did they support this policy, but they expanded it through the Pensions Act 2008, which, as the hon. Gentleman knows full well, raised the state pension age.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (2 Jul 2018)

Guy Opperman: The reality of the situation is that these matters are going through a particular process. That process is ongoing, and the outcomes will be revealed when the decisions are made. There is no difference in any way from how the Government treat other claimants.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Automatic Enrolment: Cheadle (21 May 2018)

Guy Opperman: Automatic enrolment is a cross-party success story, with more than 9.6 million workers enrolled in pensions saving and more than 1.2 million employers meeting their duties. Approximately 9,000 eligible jobholders have been automatically enrolled in my hon. Friend’s constituency, with 1,600 employers meeting their duties and supporting them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Automatic Enrolment: Cheadle (21 May 2018)

Guy Opperman: My hon. Friend is right, and younger people agree with that. When NOW: Pensions carried out research, it found that only 4% of its 22 to 29-year-old members opted out. Our “Automatic enrolment review 2017” set out our plans to make saving the norm by lowering the age of automatic enrolment from 22 to 18. When an employee pays in, the employer pays in as well, and the Government...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Private Pensions: Windsor (21 May 2018)

Guy Opperman: Private pensions have been transformed by automatic enrolment, which is a social reform of which all Members should be proud. It involves behavioural economics and nudge theory. In my hon. Friend’s constituency, 30,000 eligible jobholders have been automatically enrolled and 2,310 employers have done their duties.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Private Pensions: Windsor (21 May 2018)

Guy Opperman: The pensions industry can and should make the most of the opportunity presented by FinTech. We believe that if it is to succeed, it will be vital for industry and Government to collaborate in the development of the pensions dashboard. As others countries have shown, pensions dashboards are a fantastic way of giving people access to pension information in a clear and simple form, bringing...


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