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Police Grant Report (7 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: Why doesn’t he speak to Sadiq Khan?

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: This has been a lively debate—certainly more lively than it has been in the past. Doubtless many of the arguments made—not least as much of the debate was about what is not in the order rather than what is in it—were exactly the same as those made last year. Therefore, I do not propose to detain the House for too long. A number of Members raised a series of detailed points,...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: I will carry on. The service has had 7 million views since February 2016. Notwithstanding that, there is obviously more work to do on communications. The hon. Member for Airdrie and Shotts (Neil Gray) asked why bereavement support payments have not been uprated. A bereavement support payment is not a cost-of-living benefit and is paid in addition to means-tested benefits to protect the least...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: I will not; I do not really have time and the hon. Gentleman and his friends had plenty to say during the debate. A wider point was raised by several Members that for me distils the difference between the Government and Opposition on this issue. There seems to be on the Opposition Benches a kind of Stockholm syndrome attachment to the old benefits system, despite the fact that it is...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: I beg to move, That the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2018, which was laid before this House on 15 January, be approved.

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: With the forbearance of the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams) for any prior confusion, I move the motion. In my view, you will pleased to hear, Mr Speaker, the provisions in both orders are compatible with the European convention on human rights. The draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2018 is an entirely technical matter that we attend to each year...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: Significant measures have been taken by the Government to deal with pensions and, in particular, pensioner poverty over the last few years. We have seen that fall from something approaching 46% to around 16% in the last few years. One measure, in particular, that will have benefited many millions of pensioners is raising the personal tax threshold. That has taken millions of people out of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Mortgage Interest: Effects on Claimants (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: All claimants will be offered a support for mortgage interest loan paid at the same rate that is currently available as part of their benefit entitlement. There will therefore be no impact on their income. Claimants will pay back the loan only on the sale or transfer of the property, when the loan will be recovered from any available equity.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Mortgage Interest: Effects on Claimants (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: Mortgage support is being offered at exactly the same rate as currently. The only difference is that it is now being deferred as a loan recoverable against any equity available in the house should it be sold in the future. Current participants in the scheme should see absolutely no difference unless and until they sell or transfer the house, at which point the taxpayer will recover the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Mortgage Interest: Effects on Claimants (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: We have to recognise that we are dealing with support for people who are accumulating what is often a very significant capital asset, and it seems only right that when equity becomes available the taxpayer is able to recover some or all of the support. There has been significant communication on the scheme with the people who are participating in it, and that is continuing. There will be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Mortgage Interest: Effects on Claimants (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: There is absolutely no reason for anybody to fear forced sale or repossession of a house, not least because the scheme is specifically designed to avoid exactly that. If Members have specific cases where constituents have concerns about the operation of the scheme, I will be more than happy to take them up. If the hon. Lady writes to me about that case, I will provide a response.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Supported Housing (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: We have recently completed consultations on the funding models for short-term supported housing and sheltered housing, and will provide a response in due course. We will come forward with our proposals for long-term supported housing by 2020.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Supported Housing (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: It is typical of my hon. Friend that she has the welfare of her most vulnerable constituents at the forefront of her mind. I can confirm that the current proposal on which we have just consulted is that the section 31 grant paid to local authorities for provision of refuges and other short-term supported housing will be ring-fenced.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Supported Housing (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: We are in receipt of a significant number of responses to the consultation, which only closed a couple of weeks ago, and we will consider those over the months to come. I would be more than happy to meet the hon. Gentleman to discuss those concerns with his constituents if they wish to do so.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Supported Housing (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: Given that I am not a Treasury Minister, I am not in a position to confirm that, but it would certainly be our aspiration to provide the current level of support, or indeed enhanced and better performing support, which is the purpose of the changes, in the future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Child Poverty (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: Both hon. Ladies are right to recognise the role that welfare reform is playing in alleviating child poverty. Work is the best route out of poverty, and universal credit strengthens the incentives for parents to move into and progress in work. However, it cannot be considered in isolation: it is a key component of a broader strategy to move Britain to a higher wage, lower welfare and lower...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Child Poverty (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: Undoubtedly, as my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State said earlier, children are five times more likely to be in poverty if they are in a workless household. The Government’s entire thrust is to get as many people into work as possible, and we would never contemplate anything that would get in the way of those kinds of incentives. As my hon. Friend the Minister for Employment...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Child Poverty (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: I am sure that the hon. Lady, like me, welcomes the 43% fall in the claimant count in her constituency over the past few years—[Hon. Members: “That wasn’t the question.”] On her question, as she and many Members will know, the causes and drivers of people going to food banks are complex. [Interruption.] In my constituency, for example, the food bank was established in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Child Poverty (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: My hon. Friend makes a strong point, and he is absolutely right. National statistics, on a number of measures, have shown child poverty falling. In particular, we have seen 200,000 children over the past few years move out of absolute poverty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Child Poverty (5 Feb 2018)

Kit Malthouse: As my hon. Friend knows, the child maintenance system was put in place to enable greater co-operation between parents, on the basis that that often results in a much better outcome for children, but there are parents who fail to do so, and for those circumstances, we have invested significantly in the financial investigations unit of the Child Maintenance Service. We will be consulting...


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