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Written Answers — Treasury: Tax Allowances: Coronavirus (18 Nov 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is any process in place to speed up the provision of tax rebates to people whose income has been affected by COVID-19.

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill - Report (and remaining stages): Motion (17 Nov 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her remarks. As I made clear at the outset, we support the Bill, while deeply regretting the economic circumstances that have made it necessary. During its brief passage, some important issues have been raised. I hope the Government have taken note of those issues and will apply themselves to them in the near future. During our consideration of the Bill many...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK (17 Nov 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings (1) the Prime Minister, (2) the Chancellor of the Exchequer, (3) the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and (4) the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, have had with the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group.

Supporting Disadvantaged Families - Statement (12 Nov 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: We welcome the contents of this Statement. Any measures that can help to stop children going hungry over the tough months ahead must always be welcomed. However, before I ask questions, let us look briefly at the context. I must say that I was a wee bit disappointed that the Statement made no reference anywhere to Marcus Rashford, even though everybody knows that this initiative is a response...

Universal Credit - Question (12 Nov 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: My Lords, because the £20 uplift was not extended to legacy benefits, an adult on universal credit is given £94 a week to live on but her neighbour on JSA or ESA gets just £74 a week. The Minister told the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Durham that there were no plans to change this, but she did not tell him why. Could she please explain to the House and the 2 million people on JSA...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020 (10 Nov 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have had benefit claims rejected due to receipt of payments from the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme.

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill - Committee: Amendment 3 (27 Oct 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: My Lords, I am grateful to all noble Lords who have spoken to these amendments. As the noble Lord, Lord Shipley, said, if the Government will the ending or reducing of pensioner poverty, they must also will the means. I am not sure that we have heard that today—in fact, I am quite confident that we have not. Other noble Lords made some very good points. The noble Baroness, Lady Janke, made...

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill - Committee: Amendment 3 (27 Oct 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: I am very grateful to the Minister for coming back on this. I will look out for those responses, and for the opportunity to discuss them on the Floor of this House. I thank her for her intervention, for addressing the questions and for her constant willingness to talk to us. These things make our debates much better. Amendment 3 withdrawn. Clause 1 agreed. Amendment 4 not moved. Clause 2...

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (27 Oct 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Randall of Uxbridge, for explaining his amendment to us. He is a strong advocate for this cause and I am very sympathetic to the position in which many pensioners find themselves. However, it is a difficult issue, which successive Governments have struggled to resolve. Perhaps I may ask the Minister some specific questions. First, we have heard that...

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill - Committee: Amendment 3 (27 Oct 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: My Lords, I made it clear at Second Reading that we support this Bill, and I have no wish to delay its implementation, so Amendment 3 is a probing amendment. I have tabled it to make sure that we get a chance to address the issue of pensioner poverty, which was raised by many noble Lords at Second Reading but did not get a substantive response, no doubt because time was tight. Fortunately, we...

Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (27 Oct 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Addington, for explaining what his amendment would do, and to other noble Lords who have spoken in pursuit of clarity. The noble Baroness, Lady Altmann, raised the issue of the uprating of pension credit and the standard minimum guarantee in particular. I will return to that in more detail when I move my Amendment 3 shortly. The Bill is...

Pension Credit - Question (26 Oct 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: My Lords, the take-up campaign launched in February, which has been mentioned, does not seem to have had much of an effect. The government website said that its main feature was a video to be shown in 800 GP surgeries and some post offices. However, once the pandemic hit, the chance of its target audience being in GPs’ surgeries and post offices went through the floor. So did the DWP...

Pension Protection Fund (Moratorium and Arrangements and Reconstructions for Companies in Financial Difficulty) (Amendment and Revocation) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (21 Oct 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: My Lords, I thank the Minister for her explanation of these regulations, and all noble Lords for their interesting contributions. I was also pleased to hear the Minister clarify the situation regarding the Pension Protection Fund (Moratorium and Arrangements and Reconstructions for Companies in Financial Difficulty) Regulations 2020—I will call them PPF No. 1, if that is okay—which we...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (16 Oct 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a machine learning algorithm is used to calculate entitlement (1) to Universal Credit, and (2) to any other benefit; and if so, how that algorithm is used.

Pension Scams - Question (14 Oct 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: My Lords, the FCA acknowledges the increasing role of online platforms, including social media, in promoting harmful information to consumers, including from pension scammers. However, the cold-calling ban that came into effect last year does not cover online activity, and scammers can get around the ban by first building relationships with consumers so that they then consent to a cold call....

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (14 Oct 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the ruling by the Court of Appeal in SSWP v Johnson & Others [2020] EWCA Civ 778, handed down on 22 June, what plans they have (1) to change the algorithm used to calculate Universal Credit entitlements, and (2) to compensate claimants whose payments were affected by that algorithm.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Fraud (14 Oct 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many criminal gangs engaged in large-scale benefit fraud have been identified by the Department for Work and Pensions using artificial intelligence.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Domestic Abuse (14 Oct 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the portal through which joint claims for Universal Credit are made allows each partner to see all of the messages between the Department for Work and Pensions and either partner; and if so, what assessment they have made as to the potential impact of that access on the risk of domestic abuse.

Covid-19: Over-60s - Question (12 Oct 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: My Lords, just as unemployment started to rise, the Government decided to reinstate conditionality and sanctions. From what the Minister has just said, is she really saying that if somebody who is clinically extremely vulnerable—on grounds of either age or condition—or who lives with someone like that, refuses to take a job, because they think they would put themselves or their partner...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Erlestoke Prison: Sanitation (12 Oct 2020)

Baroness Sherlock: To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of staff at HMP Erlestoke who handle and process (1) evidence, and (2) contraband, who work in buildings without access to running water or toilet facilities.


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