Lord Fink: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the emergency loan fund established by the government of Scotland to support small and medium-sized housebuilders; and what plans they have to set up a similar fund for housebuilders in England.
Lord Fink: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the national Homes for Heroes campaign; and what plans they have to support it.
Lord Fink: To ask Her Majesty's Government when HMRC will launch the online portal to facilitate the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
Lord Fink: To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to issue advice on the steps needed to put employees into furlough.
Lord Fink: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to meet their commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Lord Fink: To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that all UK airports and RAF bases are supplied with military grade drone detection equipment, and that training is provided to relevant police, military personnel and airport staff.
Lord Fink: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for Universal Credit Split Payments in the last 12 months were (1) made, and (2) declined.
Lord Fink: My Lords, I had the pleasure—if you can call it that—of attending the APPG at which the special rapporteur met with many Members of Parliament. I was shocked, particularly by his statement that the Government do not listen. I visited a jobcentre and got a slightly different impression. Can the Minister give some examples of cases where the Government have listened?
Lord Fink: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children aged (1) five years old and under, (2) ten years old and under, and (3) 16 years old and under, were in care in each year between 2007 and 2017.
Lord Fink: My Lords, I had the pleasure of visiting the main south-inner-London jobcentre at Kennington Park this morning. The staff there could not have been more evangelical in their support for universal credit, and many of those who were handling legacy claims were only waiting for the time when those claims moved over to universal credit. They said that the new system had much more flexibility,...
Lord Fink: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Armstrong, for initiating this debate, and I draw attention to my entry in the register of interests as a trustee of several charities. I have listened to the debate carefully and find myself in enormous agreement with virtually everything that has been said. I believe passionately in helping the disadvantaged, and I also believe that while...
Lord Fink: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Hollis, on securing this debate, which provides an opportunity to remind ourselves how universal credit can help its recipients. I echo some of the concerns that have been raised today. I stress that universal credit has definitely created clear incentives to work by removing the poverty traps at all levels which in the past often made...
Lord Fink: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft with a laser pointer under the Aviation and Safety Act 1982 within the last 12 months.
Lord Fink: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times in the last 12 months a commercial aircraft runway in England and Wales has had to close temporarily due to a drone sighting.
Lord Fink: To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many university places were awarded to people with refugee status in the UK in each year between 2010 and 2016.
Lord Fink: My Lords, what is my noble friend the Minister doing to help employers take on disabled people?
Lord Fink: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Luce, for introducing the important topic of helping and enabling those with long-term health problems to return to or stay in work. I know that he identified chronic pain as a major category of health-related issues but those of us who have looked at some of the statistics know that mental health problems, as well as untreated drug and alcohol...
Lord Fink: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lord Farmer on securing this important debate on life chances. I know how passionate he is on the subject and on enhancing life chances in general. Transforming the lives of the most disadvantaged is not just a strategy of this Government but is the mission of many charities, some of which have been talked about today, and of philanthropists. My poor...
Lord Fink: My Lords, what has happened to the pernicious problem of structural unemployment during the time when overall employment has fallen?
Lord Fink: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lady Stedman-Scott on securing this debate on a most important subject. Her knowledge and powerful advocacy of young people is well known and certainly appreciated by many in this House. I also point to my entries in the Register of Interests, which include a range of non-financial interests in children’s charities. I wish to highlight my...