Results 61–80 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

Expatriate Pensioners: Australia (3 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, the noble Earl was kind enough to give me notice of his question; I suspect on the grounds that he thought it unanswerable. He is right; it is, but I shall have a go. I cannot conceive of globally co-ordinated social security--if that is what the noble Earl has in mind--between, say, sub-Saharan Africa and Sweden. Our view and the view of the previous government is that it is for...

Child Poverty (4 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Crawley for giving us the opportunity to discuss this important initiative. It is fundamental to our efforts to eradicate child poverty and the consequences of child poverty for children, their families and society. I thank my noble friend for offering us and introducing for us such a thoughtful debate. The poor in this country are children. One-third of...

Post Offices: Payment of Welfare Benefit (12 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, starting in 2003 we will be moving to a more secure and efficient method of paying benefits through automated credit transfer--ACT. There will be no change to existing methods of benefit payment before 2003. And we have made clear that people will still be able to collect their cash from post offices if they wish to do so both before and after the move to ACT in 2003.

Post Offices: Payment of Welfare Benefit (12 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I, too, share the noble Baroness's anxiety that we do everything we can to ensure the survival of a national network of post offices. I cannot believe that anyone in this House dissents from that view. However, if the Government do nothing, we shall continue to see post offices closing. About 20 per cent of the network has closed over the past 25 years. The reason is that people are...

Post Offices: Payment of Welfare Benefit (12 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, it is an opportunity not a threat. People are voting with their feet. Post offices will decline if they do not offer the mode of payment that most people wish. At present, for example, the average cost of a transaction payment to a postmaster for a DSS transaction is 13p. If, instead, a post office handles a bank ACT transaction, the average cost to a postmaster is 17p. There are...

Post Offices: Payment of Welfare Benefit (12 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, we shall discuss the issue with those people. But even if one has a bank account but wishes to continue to receive one's cash paid through the post office after 2003, one can do so.

Post Offices: Payment of Welfare Benefit (12 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, the noble Earl's question presupposes that there will be a sharp diminution in income and that in turn depends on the willingness of sub-postmasters to take on some of the banking facilities through the Horizon project which will make each transaction more remunerative to them. The Government are doing their bit to ensure that post offices are electronically linked up in order to...

Post Offices: Payment of Welfare Benefit (12 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, we expect there to be at least three possible options. The first is through the Horizon project which links up all post offices on line for the electronic transmission of money. That is secure, safe, cheap and convenient. An ACT transaction costs us 1p while a Giro transaction costs us £1.36. That Horizon platform means that post offices can offer banking facilities. They are...

Post Offices: Payment of Welfare Benefit (12 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I should be most upset if it did. An average of 250 post offices have closed in each of the past two years because the network is shrinking. That is because people are choosing to use ACT. Fifty-four per cent of people who become pensioners choose to have their pension paid by ACT through their bank account. The Post Office is losing 500,000 customers a year. Therefore, if the...

Post Offices: Payment of Welfare Benefit (12 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I am not sure whether there has been a misunderstanding of the Government's policy. The Government have always made it clear that cash can be received by customers from post offices both before and after 2003, even if they also have a bank account. If customers choose to have money paid through their post offices they can do so.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (17 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. The Bill introduces reform in three key areas. First, it supports the Government's commitment to eradicating child poverty in a generation by radically reforming child support. Secondly, it introduces the second stage of our pensions reforms. Thirdly, it strengthens the link between the benefits people get and their...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (17 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I cannot predict whether it will or will not apply to other kinds of crimes and misdemeanours, to quote my noble friend. We are seeking to introduce this provision at the moment because fathers who can and should pay maintenance are not doing so. For many of them, a gaol sentence is perhaps too heavy; and some of the other penalties--for example, restraint of goods or garnishee...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (17 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I think the noble Lord may have misquoted the figures.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (17 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, perhaps I may help the noble Lord. He said that the state second pension was for those earning up to £21,600. That is not so. It is intended primarily for those earning up to about £9,500. From £9,500 to about £21,000 the pension would be a stakeholder pension--people could use the state second pension but it would be less advantageous to them financially than for those earning...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (17 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I want to begin by quoting my noble friend Lord Haskel, and not for the reasons your Lordships might think. He was right to describe the Bill as an attack on poverty. It is an attack on the poverty of children and pensioners. It is an attack on poverty among children because we know that those who are poor in our society are the children of mothers who are not in work and where the...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (17 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I am sure that it will be now that I have reminded the noble Earl! However, noble Lords, particularly on the Conservative Benches, were concerned about the implications for the CSA and the court settlement. Perhaps I may remind your Lordships that the original proposals for the agency were that the courts would have no discretion on child support. The CSA settlement would run over...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (17 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I take the point about TV licences. Of course, it is for the over-75s and I would go back to the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Goodhart, that it is those over 75 who are proportionately the poorest pensioners because they are for the most part elderly women. In that sense, I think it is reasonably targeted. My noble friend Lady Castle was absolutely right when she said that if...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (17 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: No, my Lords. What I was saying is that we are seeking to establish that someone was misled and that as a result he acted to his detriment, or could have acted in a way that would have avoided that detriment, but that if he does not have documentary evidence to that effect, the case will not necessarily fail. It will be investigated and discussed in the usual way. I turn to a shopping list of...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (17 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, I do not understand the noble Earl's question.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (17 Apr 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My Lords, the Government believe that if a person seeks benefit from society, as taxpayers we have a right to attach conditions to that seeking of benefit. I refer obviously to the day-to-day conditions of benefit entitlement; for example, one cannot claim for children if one does not have any; but it is also the case that if someone is required by the courts to observe a community sentence...


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