Results 41–60 of 1640 for speaker:Baroness Stedman-Scott

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment: Disability (25 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: The commitment to consult on disability workforce reporting was set out in the National Disability Strategy. In January 2022, the High Court declared that the strategy was unlawful because the UK Disability Survey, which informed it, was held to be a voluntary consultation that failed to comply with the legal requirements on public consultations. The Department aims to minimise the risk of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (22 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: We currently aim to process claims within 35 days from receipt, although following the successful launch of our campaign to increase take up of Pension Credit, we have received an unprecedented number of claims, which has resulted in average processing increasing. We are processing claims as quickly as possible and streamlining our processes, as well as increasing our staffing resources,...

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (21 Nov 2022)

Draft Cessation of EU Law Relation to Prohibitions on Grounds of Nationality and Free Movement of Persons Regulations 2022 - motion to approve – Baroness Stedman-Scott. Orders and regulations

Previous Business – Lords: Grand Committee (21 Nov 2022)

Draft Biocidal Products (Health and Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 - motion to approve – Baroness Stedman-Scott. Orders and regulations; 3:45 pm

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Pay (21 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: The basic State Pension rate as a percentage of mean earnings is set out below. Date of Uprating Basic State Pension Rate as a percentage of mean earnings (%) April 2010 16.3 April 2011 16.9 April 2012 17.7 April 2013 17.8 April 2014 18.2 April 2015 18.5 April 2016 18.5 April 2017 18.5 April 2018 18.4 April 2019 18.4 April 2020 19.0 April 2021 18.9 ...

Carer’s Allowance - Question (17 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work is looking forward to an early meeting with Carers UK to discuss this and its recent report. Our main conclusion from that helpful report is that carers in financial need may wish to check whether they have applied for all the benefits that they are entitled to, including means-tested benefits. That can provide them with an extra weekly income...

Carer’s Allowance - Question (17 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: I accept that the requests in the paper are modest—I really do. I must pay tribute to the work that carers do; it is much valued and respected. With regard to a top-up or an extra payment, unpaid carers can already get a top-up through means-tested benefits. I re-emphasise that we must make sure that they claim everything they should. The earnings limit for those in receipt of carer’s...

Carer’s Allowance - Question (17 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: There are two things. We understand the pressures on carers facing the cost of living crisis, especially around energy costs. They will get support through the energy price guarantee, which is supporting millions of households with rising energy costs. I am just waiting for someone to ask me about uprating. We have nine minutes to go until the Chancellor’s Statement, and I stand here in hope.

Carer’s Allowance - Question (17 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: My very straightforward answer is that there are no plans for a review or working group on this. Knowing how vociferous the noble Baroness is about things that matter to her, I would have thought that a letter to the Secretary of State would not be a bad thing.

Carer’s Allowance - Question (17 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: We should wait and see what the Chancellor says, and I am hopeful about that. I re-emphasise that means-tested benefits can increase payments to carers quite significantly. I am sure that, when Carers UK meet the Minister for Disabled People and talk about the report, they will discuss in detail some plan to raise awareness of those benefits.

Carer’s Allowance - Question (17 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: I go back to my previous answer. We have done it for pension credit, and we have had quite some impact there. I cannot commit to doing the same for carer’s allowance, but I am sure that, when Carers UK meet the Minister for Disabled People, that should be if not number one then number two on the agenda. There are other ways people can know about those means-tested benefits, including GOV.UK...

Carer’s Allowance - Question (17 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: I ask my noble friend Lord Markham, “Shall we talk?”. I am very happy to talk to anybody to make life better for people. Maybe my noble friend can follow that through in the next Question.

Carer’s Allowance - Question (17 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: Those who are on carer’s allowance receive the £400. Those who are on carer’s allowance but who are entitled to the carer’s element of UC, where they are not required to look for work, can get another £2,000. The Government are helping, and we are four minutes away from finding out what more they might do around energy costs. The stories and case studies that the noble Baroness read...

Carer’s Allowance - Question (17 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: I think the noble Lord is asking me whether people on carer’s allowance will automatically get means-tested benefits. There are other benefits which are means tested and cannot automatically be applied. I have no information that those rules are to change. I agree that the noble Lord is justified in his question.

Carer’s Allowance - Question (17 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: I completely agree with my noble friend that the situation is urgent. We have launched the People at the Heart of Care White Paper, which set out a 10-year vision for reforming adult social care. I do not make light of the facts; we are all aware of the extraordinary position the NHS is in with the backlogs. I am sure that my noble friend Lord Markham—I am not passing the buck—has got...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Christmas Bonus: Social Security Benefits (17 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: The Christmas Bonus will be paid this year. The Christmas Bonus is an annual, tax-free, lump sum payment to pensioners and to working aged people who, during the relevant week (which is usually the first full week in December) are entitled to payment of certain qualifying benefits and who are resident in the UK, an EEA state or Switzerland. The qualifying benefits are: State Pension;...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Cold Weather Payments (16 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: There are currently no plans to introduce a one-off payment under the Cold Weather Payment scheme. The scheme ensures that vulnerable claimants on qualifying benefits automatically receive a payment of £25 for every 7-day period of exceptionally cold weather. This represents a generous contribution towards additional heating costs, paid at the time of need. The Government has already...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Internet (16 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: Guidance is available on GOV.UK Universal Credit: Universal Credit: How to claim - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) outlining how claimants can make a claim to Universal Credit and the provision available to claim via the Universal Credit helpline telephony service for those who can’t claim online. Guidance is available to both Work Coaches and telephony agents regarding the option for claimants to make...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensions (16 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: UK pension schemes investment in Asian markets, and therefore exposure to the fall of the Hang Seng index, is low. Overall, our UK Pension schemes operate over very long timescales and have balanced and diversified investment strategies. They are therefore well placed to navigate any periods of volatility in global markets.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Disability (16 Nov 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: The department has not assessed whether benefit rules in relation to earnings have impacted on the advertising industry’s project to increase diversity within this sector.


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