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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Household Support Fund ( 8 Apr 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: As announced by the Chancellor in the Spring Budget on 6 March, the government is providing an additional £500m to enable the extension of the Household Support Fund, including funding for the Devolved Administrations through the Barnett formula to be spent at their discretion. This means that Local Authorities in England will receive an additional £421m to support those in need locally...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Workplace Pensions: Private Sector ( 8 Apr 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: Automatic Enrolment has already seen more than 11 million people enrolled into pension saving to date, with around an additional £29 billion in real terms saved into workplace pensions in 2021 compared to 2012. Automatic Enrolment (AE) is and will continue to be based on the principle of extending saving to as many people as possible for whom it makes sense to save. We remain committed to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Welfare Assistance Schemes ( 8 Apr 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: A total of £3 billion including Barnett impact has been announced since October 2021 to enable the delivery of Household Support Fund in England. This includes over £2.5 billion allocated to Local Authorities in England. It is for the devolved administrations to decide how to allocate their additional Barnett funding. Councils continue to have the flexibility to use funding from the Local...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Poverty: Children ( 8 Apr 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: The Department for Work and Pensions already works consistently across Government to support the most vulnerable households. This includes a cross-government senior officials’ group on poverty.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Poverty: Children ( 8 Apr 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: These statistics cover 2022/23, a year when war in Ukraine and global supply chain challenges led to unexpected and high rates on inflation, averaging 10% over the year. These factors are reflected in the statistics. In response to these pressures, the Government provided an unprecedented cost of living support package which helped to shield households from the impact of inflation. Analysis...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Brazil: Reciprocal Arrangements ( 3 Apr 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: The Department for Work and Pensions received diplomatic correspondence from the Brazilian government in 2011 and DWP officials met with officials at the Brazilian Embassy in London to discuss the request. There was no further action. We do not publish another country’s diplomatic correspondence or the content of negotiations without their consent.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Termination of Employment (27 Mar 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: The Welfare Reform Act 2012 and the Universal Credit regulations 2013/2015 determine the conditionality expectations that are relevant to individuals who are claiming Universal Credit. For those who are expected to look for or prepare for work this will include up to 35 hours a week of work-related and work preparation activities, with an expectation that they take all reasonable actions to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Poverty: Children (27 Mar 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: It is not possible to produce a robust assessment of the impact of the two-child limit. Child Benefit continues to be paid for all children in eligible families. Relative poverty sets a threshold as a proportion of the UK median income and moves each year as average income changes. Typically, a household is in relative poverty if its income is less than 60 per cent of the median household...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Women (27 Mar 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: We are considering the Ombudsman’s report and will respond in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Women (27 Mar 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: We are considering the Ombudsman’s report and will respond in due course.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (27 Mar 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: The Senior Responsible Owner for Universal Credit set out the criteria for the Public Accounts Committee at its hearing on March 11, 2024, Progress in implementing Universal Credit (HC 552) Question 26 committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/14467/pdf/ The formal assessments are published as part of the regular releases of Programme Board papers.

Women’s State Pension Age - Statement (26 Mar 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: As I made clear earlier, the report came out only on Thursday. We have said very clearly that we want to have enough time to be able to look carefully at all the details in the report. This touches on some of the points that the noble Lord has made. Could I just say that the story the noble Lord has presented is not entirely the actual story? For example, it is important to remember the state...

Women’s State Pension Age - Statement (26 Mar 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: I thank the noble Lord, Lord Dodds, for his support and endorsement of our stance on the triple lock and our decision to include it in our manifesto. On the points on WASPI that he has mentioned, absolutely—I think I have said this before—I recognise the strength of feeling and I am aware of the urgency in dealing with many of these matters. I probably will not repeat it again, but just...

Women’s State Pension Age - Statement (26 Mar 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: I will disappoint the noble Lord by saying that I am not able to give any such commitment, apart from those that I have given. I am beginning to sound like a long-playing record but, despite what he said, these are complex matters, and he will have to respect that. I want to pick up on one thing that he mentioned—the role of DWP. Yes, the report’s words, not mine, were that the PHSO found...

Women’s State Pension Age - Statement (26 Mar 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Sherlock, and the noble Lord, Lord Palmer, for their comments. Some of what I will say chimes with the comments made by the noble Baroness. The Government are fully committed to supporting pensioners in a sustainable way that gives them a dignified retirement, while also being fair to them and taxpayers. We will carefully study the ombudsman’s...

Child Poverty - Question (26 Mar 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: My Lords, these statistics cover 2022-23—a year when war in Ukraine and global supply chain challenges led to unexpected and high inflation rates, averaging 10% over the year. These factors are reflected in the statistics. The Government have since taken firm action to support those on the lowest incomes, including through uprating benefits by 10.1% from April 2023, increasing the national...

Child Poverty - Question (26 Mar 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: Setting such a strategy and targets can drive action that focuses primarily on moving the incomes for those just in poverty—just above a somewhat arbitrary poverty line—while doing nothing to help those on the very lowest incomes or to improve children’s future prospects. Therefore, we have no plans to reintroduce an approach to tackling child poverty focused primarily on income-based...

Child Poverty - Question (26 Mar 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: I note that the noble Lord has raised this point in the House in the past, and the Government certainly support the provision of nutritious food in schools. It ensures that pupils develop healthy eating habits and can contribute to concentrating and learning in the classroom. As he will know, we have extended free school meal eligibility several times and to more groups of children than any...

Child Poverty - Question (26 Mar 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: I beg to differ with the noble Baroness, because analysis shows that the Government’s cost of living support prevented 1.3 million people falling into absolute poverty after housing costs in 2022-23. That includes 300,000 children, 600,000 working-age adults and 400,000 pensioners. The £96 billion I alluded to earlier included £20 billion for two rounds of cost of living payments for more...

Child Poverty - Question (26 Mar 2024)

Viscount Younger of Leckie: I have certainly taken note of the point raised by the noble Baroness, but I say again that we have extended eligibility several times and to more groups of children than any other Government over the past half a century. Free meal support is also available to around 90,000 disadvantaged students in further education, so an awful lot has been happening in that space.


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