Results 121–140 of 1640 for speaker:Baroness Stedman-Scott

Older Persons Commissioner for England - Question (19 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: I am very pleased to say to my noble friend that we are investing £1.34 billion in education and skills training for adults through the adult education budget. We have the flexible support fund, which we can use on a flexible basis, and have launched a £2.4 billion national skills fund. On my noble friend’s point about the horticultural industry, there is a wide range of vacancies, all...

Older Persons Commissioner for England - Question (19 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: I think the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, has a recruit to his group. I hope that my noble friend will take up that opportunity. I am sure that, given the benefits of such a position as she described, it will be for her to build up the case and put that forward.

Older Persons Commissioner for England - Question (19 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: I know that noble Lords like to get me into trouble but the fact of the matter is that the Government’s position, as it stands, is that there is no plan to introduce a commissioner. I have read the brief of the Welsh commissioner and tried to familiarise myself with her role. I suggest the noble Baroness joins the campaign of her noble friend Lord Foulkes. I will meet and I will listen.

Older Persons Commissioner for England - Question (19 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: The noble Baroness has put forward reasons for having somebody to represent older people and I hear that. I am sure that by the time officials in my department have read Hansard they will have got the message, so please join the meeting. On the second part of the noble Baroness’s question, I am not able to commit to or confirm her request.

Older Persons Commissioner for England - Question (19 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: I could not possibly comment.

Older Persons Commissioner for England - Question (19 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: On the request to meet the WASPI ladies, the noble Baroness will understand that I will need to go back and talk to our new Minister for Pensions. I will put that request in and come back to the noble Baroness; I will write and put a copy in the Library. In 2019, the Government were elected and committed to the triple lock. As our Prime Minister has confirmed today, we will honour that triple...

Older Persons Commissioner for England - Question (19 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: Now the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, has an agent for the job. I take my noble friend’s point.

Older Persons Commissioner for England - Question (19 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: I thank the noble Baroness for her question. I am going to be absolutely straight; my knowledge about the change to bank accounts and the Post Office card is not as sharp as it should be. I thought we had put different things in place so that people did not suffer as a result. I will go back to the department, find out the exact position, come back to the noble Baroness in writing and place a...

Older Persons Commissioner for England - Question (19 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: I am not aware of there being a Minister for older people—unless anybody else can help me out here. As for whether there should be one, I suppose at some appropriate point we might recommend that to the Prime Minister.

Older Persons Commissioner for England - Question (19 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: There are a number and there is a cost associated with them. What we should do is look at the outcomes of their work to assess their value for money and the difference they make. I do not think I can say any more than that.

Out-of-work Benefits - Question (17 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: My Lords, building on all the work that we have done to date, we will continue to support people to move into and progress in work. Unemployment is at a near low of 3.5%, so our efforts have to date been working. Our comprehensive labour market offer gives claimants the best possible chance to be financially independent. We are investing £900 million in each year of the spending review into...

Out-of-work Benefits - Question (17 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: My noble friend makes many important and accurate points. As of February 2022, 5.18 million working-age adults, or 12.7% of the GB working-age population, were receiving out-of-work benefits, the largest category being UC out-of-work or no work-related requirements. We are trying to reduce the flow into unemployment and inactivity by supporting disabled people and people with long-term health...

Out-of-work Benefits - Question (17 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: Please believe me when I say that we all understand the desire for benefits to be uprated in line with inflation. I have to wait until the Secretary of State carries out her review, which will be announced to the House on 25 November. We will work with people with really bad conditions and real difficulties to see whether they can move into work, but they will be dealt with compassionately...

Out-of-work Benefits - Question (17 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: That was the exam question. As my noble friend knows, the Restart scheme gives jobseekers out of work for nine months more intensive support to find a job. It has achieved more than 226,000 starts. The issue my noble friend raised concerning whether they are still in work six months later is really important. I do not have those statistics but I will go back to the department, find out...

Out-of-work Benefits - Question (17 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: Let me start by saying that the intention behind our efforts is not to issue punitive measures. Let us clear this up right now: as I have always said, sanctions are imposed only if there is no good reason for people not to take up an opportunity offered to them and they can do it. Some 98.9% of sanctions are down to the fact that people fail to turn up for interview, and the minute that they...

Out-of-work Benefits - Question (17 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: I am not aware of any discussions with the Prime Minister, who probably has enough on her plate at the moment. We are well aware that the longer people have health problems—the longer they exist—the more difficult it is. We are working hand in glove with the Department of Health and with psychologists and psychotherapists to help people who have depression and anxiety. I have found that...

Out-of-work Benefits - Question (17 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: I completely agree with my noble friend, and we need to take this up with the Department for Education, which has responsibility for this. My noble friend has been a long-time champion of technical and higher education. I will speak to my colleague in the Department for Education, write to my noble friend and place a copy in the Library.

Out-of-work Benefits - Question (17 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: I am very happy to look into it. Before I do so, maybe I can speak with the noble Baroness to get some more information to share with my colleagues in the department.

Out-of-work Benefits - Question (17 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: We have our programme for over-50s and our over-50s champions. If somebody over 50 is on a benefit, they will be engaged with a work coach, who will have to identify the barriers and put interventions in place to overcome them. People not involved in benefits will get a mid-life MOT and direction to Jobcentre Plus.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Work and Pensions: Bereavement Benefits Update (11 Oct 2022)

Baroness Stedman-Scott: We have today laid the draft Bereavement Benefits (2022) Remedial Order. Copies of the draft Remedial Order and Explanatory Memorandum are available in the Journal Office and the Vote Office (Commons) and the Printed Paper Office (Lords). We have also laid the Government Response to representations made on Proposals for a draft Bereavement Benefits (Remedial) Order 2021, including the eighth...


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