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Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: rose—

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: It is a great pleasure to speak in this debate and I congratulate the hon. Member for Easington (Grahame Morris) on bringing it forward. I have received a considerable amount of correspondence about this matter from the ladies in South Suffolk who are affected by the change, although I do not know whether they are in the Public Gallery today. As everyone else, quite rightly, is focusing on...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: I always give way to the hon. Lady.

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: That is not a function of the state pension system. I will resist the bait to which the hon. Lady tries to get me to rise. It is important that we remember the costs involved. The DWP spends £264 billion a year, of which the largest part is for the state pension. At £111 billion, it is by far the biggest single piece of public expenditure. That sum gives out a state pension of on...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: Actually my point was going to be that everyone will end up paying the price. Of course this debate is about a specific cohort that has been hit quite directly and over a specific period of time, and there is also the whole issue of notification. However, although young people going into the workforce know about the change in the retirement age and have had notification, that does not mean...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: No one is saying that. My whole point is this: when the women say they have paid in, that does not exist. That is just a mathematical fact; it is not a nefarious thing. The system was not designed for this ageing population and the demographic changes that we are seeing. The duty on us in government and in this place is to be open and honest about that, and to try to come up with reforms that...

Pension Equality for Women (14 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. We have already heard about Suffolk, and the prediction is that by 2039 the majority of people in the county will be over 65. This is an extraordinary change in our society, and we will have to accept the costs that come with that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Social Mobility (11 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: What steps her Department is taking to enhance social mobility.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Social Mobility (11 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: In light of the excellent news that we have seen the best improvement in reading standards in our schools for 15 years, not least due to the excellent work of the Minister for School Standards, my right hon. Friend the Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton (Nick Gibb), does my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State agree that no single measure can boost social mobility more than this...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: I was simply saying that, when we have a massive lack of labour—for picking fruit, for example—and thousands of people unemployed, we have to ask ourselves what is wrong in the benefit system that we are not getting people to fill those positions. That is not calling for corporal punishment; it is a perfectly fair thing to ask for.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Eastbourne (Stephen Lloyd), because he gives a certain nuanced view on the coalition. In my view, the Government should seek to reduce the benefits bill. It is not a badge of honour if a Government preside over ever-spiralling welfare bills, and I am proud that we have brought them under control, but I accept entirely that welfare reform has...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. However, the number of workless households in the United Kingdom is at an all-time low, and there is no single greater indication that poverty is being beaten than a reduction in the number of workless households. We have made incredible progress. This is not a Dickensian Christmas; it is the Christmas when we have reached the lowest level of...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: The hon. Gentleman speaks as if he wanted to abolish food banks. They are run by a charity that is helping people in need, and I have no problem with that. I accept that even in the wealthiest districts of the wealthiest countries in the world there will be people who are struggling for one reason or another, and it is good that there is that sort of provision. The duty of the Government is...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: My hon. Friend has made a good point. As I said earlier, the issue of the compression of wages in certain parts of the economy is a global phenomenon. It has been seen in the United States, in particular. Let me end by raising an important issue that I have not heard a single Opposition Member mention in all our debates on this subject. The purpose of welfare reform is not to pay out more in...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: I think that the benefits system remains extremely generous. The difficulty for the Government is that they inherited a system in which millions of people have been taken through tax credit and made unnecessarily dependent on benefits. It is incredibly difficult to wean people off that dependency, and you do not do it by paying out more and more in benefits; all that you do is get the country...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: This is all fine, but the key stats are in the public domain. The purpose of universal credit is to help people into work. We have record employment and record low unemployment. Those are the stats that matter. Does the hon. Lady celebrate them?

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

James Cartlidge: The EU Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, has today tweeted that when we leave, our existing free trade agreements will not be rolled over. That is obviously a significant point, so further to the question asked by my hon. Friend the Member for Carlisle (John Stevenson), does that not add weight at least to considering those trade models whereby we can negotiate our own trade deals...


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