Results 21–40 of 3500 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Hollis of Heigham

Housing Benefit (20 Jan 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Not really, my Lords. I do not believe that even the noble Lord would expect me to leak to the House something which has not yet been fully determined. We had hoped--the noble Lord is right on this matter--that the Green Paper on housing, including housing benefit proposals, would be released by the end of last year. Of all the areas of social security, the most fiendishly complicated are...

Housing Benefit (20 Jan 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Yes, my Lords. One of the criticisms which the noble Earl, Lord Russell, and I made was that that policy was not based on research. We had very real doubts about the availability of that accommodation; namely, shared rooms for young people which were affordable, decent and of adequate quality. That research has been carried out on a localised basis, but 28 research reports have confirmed our...

Housing Benefit (20 Jan 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, if we knew, we would already have uncovered it and it would no longer be fraud. Our best estimate is that it is between £2 billion and £4 billion. One problem, particularly in the private rented sector, is that in nearly three-quarters of cases, housing benefit giros are paid directly to landlords who then pocket the money, even when the tenant has moved on. Since last summer we...

Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2000 (15 Feb 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: rose to move, That the draft order laid before the House on 31st January be approved [8th Report from the Joint Committee].

Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2000 (15 Feb 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, as noble Lords are aware, this annual order and the other standing in my name on the Order Paper are an important part of DSS business. The order increases most of the social security benefit rates from this April. Most national insurance and non-contributory benefits will increase by an RPI of 1.1 per cent. Most income-related benefits will increase in line with the Rossi index of...

Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2000 (15 Feb 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I am sorry. It is not my fault.

Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2000 (15 Feb 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, we have had a short, but, as usual, to-the-point debate, with some detailed questions. I shall do my best to answer the points raised. I have been scribbling away during the debate. If I have overlooked any points, I shall follow them up with correspondence. The noble Baroness, Lady Buscombe, did a splendid attacking job, although I hope that she will accept that perhaps not all the...

Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2000 (15 Feb 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I am doing my honourable best to answer the points raised by the noble Baroness. Had she not raised invalidity benefit and what she regards as the inappropriate response of government, I would not now be seeking to respond to her points. If I am guilty of anything, it is of attempting to answer the noble Baroness's question. Finally, the noble Baroness raised, as did the noble Earl,...

Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2000 (15 Feb 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I beg to move the second Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper. I have already spoken to it. Moved, That the draft order laid before the House on 31st January be approved [8th Report from the Joint Committee].--(Baroness Hollis of Heigham.)

The Rowntree Report (16 Feb 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I have not had prior notice of these questions. However, it is not a debate on transport.

The Rowntree Report (16 Feb 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I join other noble Lords in thanking the noble Earl, Lord Russell, for initiating the debate. I should also like to thank--at least I think so--the young researchers of the Rowntree report for doing their best to hold us up to the mark, however uncomfortable that may be on occasion. The noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, vigorously described the major contributions tonight, which to...

The Rowntree Report (16 Feb 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I am not sure that I shall be able to satisfy the noble Earl by responding tonight. However, perhaps I may put it another way. I did some "ready reckoner" sums. We could increase all benefits by £10 per week. That would be useful and might pay for an extra couple of pints of milk and a yoghurt each day, or two cinema tickets at the end of the week. However, people would still be...

Inherited SERPS (15 Mar 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, with the leave of the House, I shall now repeat a Statement on inherited SERPS which is being made in another place by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Social Security. The Statement is as follows: "With permission, Madam Speaker, I would like to make a Statement on entitlement to inherited SERPS. "Fourteen years ago, the last government made a series of...

Inherited SERPS (15 Mar 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, it is the responsibility of the Minister in this House to repeat word for word a Statement made in the other place.

Inherited SERPS (15 Mar 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I am grateful for the responses from both noble Lords. I especially welcome the response from the noble Lord, Lord Goodhart, to the proposed administrative changes. I believe that they are our best assurance against such calamities happening again. The noble Lord, Lord Higgins, may well be right to say that, so far as concerns government policy, this has been one of the worst and...

Inherited SERPS (15 Mar 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: On the contrary, my Lords. We took action as soon as the matter was brought to our attention. However, it has taken some time because we are dealing with sums of money that may well amount to many billions of pounds. As soon as we were made aware of the situation, we acted. None the less, the responsibility to act in the first place was clearly that of the government introducing the policy...

Inherited SERPS (15 Mar 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, the noble Lord is entitled to ask the ombudsman whatever he wishes. I do not know whether the noble Lord is saying that a "global response" would be a case of simply reversing the changes and that anything short of that is not global. We are saying that anyone who was misled and did not know about the changes and who therefore suffered detriment will have his rights protected. That...

Inherited SERPS (15 Mar 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I am very glad to see the noble Baroness, Lady Greengross, in her place and delighted that she felt able to give such supportive remarks to our proposals. She and Age Concern, together with the noble Lord, Lord Rix--who has sent his apologies, as he would very much have wished to be here, as would many other noble Lords had they known earlier that this Statement would be made...

Inherited SERPS (15 Mar 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, the change came into effect in 1986. At that point, for a year or so, correct information was circulated. In addition, some professional pension advisers knew of those changes--they had obviously followed the parliamentary proceedings and the like. We have every reason to think that they gave correct advice and the people reading those pamphlets would have had correct advice about...

Lone Parents (16 Mar 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, first, as other noble Lords have done, I should like to thank my noble friend Lady Ashton for so eloquently introducing the debate. Both she and my noble friend Lady Crawley have emphasised that the poor in this country are children and, indeed, that one-third of all children are poor. The number of lone parents has grown--up 50 per cent in 10 years--so that now one family in four...


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