Results 121–140 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

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Yes, it will.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: A gallant try! But in that situation the new partner, because she is with the ex-partner of the first parent, is not on benefit and it is therefore not a matter for the CSA.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: How can she be on benefit if she is in a new relationship with him?

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: He may be earning or he may be on benefit. Let me attempt to explain without using shorthand. The father of the first family, the non-resident parent, is in a relationship with a woman who has children whom she has brought into the relationship. I am asked whether the CSA would have an interest in whether her ex-partner is contributing through child support maintenance to the support of her...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Originally, Amendments Nos. 18, 19, 20 and 23 were grouped together, because they all deal with the same matter. However, I see that the noble Earl is signalling otherwise. Amendment No. 18--from the Liberal Democrat Benches--seeks to establish that there should be no deduction from benefit for maintenance, including those people who currently have £5.20 deducted from JSA and IS. In...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: The best statistics that I can offer the noble Earl is that of those who should be paying, around half of them do so.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: That is not out of order with the statistics we inherited as regards those who were in work when we came into office. In 1997 we found that only around 30 per cent paid all the maintenance due, 30 to 40 per cent paid part of their maintenance, and the rest paid nothing at all. The mindset that payment was required was broken for everyone, whether or not they were in work--especially the...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I am slightly baffled. I did not understand the meaning of the amendment in the way that the noble Earl, Lord Russell, did. I shall be grateful if the noble Baroness will interrupt if I have misunderstood, but I thought that this amendment sought to remove a general power to prescribe, in regulations, categories of non-resident parents who would have a nil-rate liability and to confine it to...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I shall do my best. I shall not describe what I believe to be the effect of the amendments but come back to the intention of the Bill. The Bill proposes to prescribe for a group of people that they should have a nil maintenance liability. The first group of those would be students. I understand around 1,500 students are non-resident parents. We are proposing that, given that their income is...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I confess that I have not addressed my mind to that situation. If we think about it, asylum seekers are either families or single people. I can conceive where an asylum-seeking family splits up. But if the asylum seeker has nil income--I can hardly expect him to send over, say, 10 per cent of his vouchers--what will happen is that the one family will be treated, for asylum seeking purposes...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: This may be my folly, but we are talking here not about liability for tuition fees but for loans for maintenance. I am not making a distinction for these purposes between Scottish and English students.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: There is no intention to backdate, any more than somebody taking up work would be backdated for payments they had not made, if they are on benefit. The payment will begin at the point that liability commences, when there is an income. I have received some very helpful information in response to the question raised by the noble Earl, Lord Russell about asylum seekers. As they are not...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I have some difficulty because I had understood the import of the amendments rather differently. I had understood that Amendments Nos.24 and 25 were probing amendments about the Government's philosophy on shared care, probing the circumstances in which there would be an abatement of maintenance. Amendment No.24 seeks to remove the possibility of any reduction of maintenance liability for...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: As this point is quite technical, can the noble Baroness write to me? If I am not able to meet her points, we could re-address the issue at Report or Third Reading.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: My understanding of Amendment No.25 is that it relates to cases where the non-resident parent has a nil rate of liability because he is receiving social security benefit and shares the care of the child. Is that the noble Baroness' understanding of the amendment? If not, it would be sensible to follow the same procedure of an exchange of letters. We could put copies in the Library.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I shall give the noble Earl a fairly brief answer and then see if he is satisfied. If he is not, perhaps he can then encourage me to expand on my response. Amendment No. 27 seeks to remove the regulation making powers that allow the Secretary of State to adapt the percentages and amounts used to set the maintenance rates and to revise the number of nights and fractions used in determining the...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I should like, first, to point out that the Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee was satisfied that regulations were appropriate in this field, so that has been a considered judgment. The noble Earl seems to be saying that all secondary legislation forms part of the works of the devil and that, therefore, we should avoid it. Like me, he knows that this Chamber, the Moses Room and every...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Clause 2 and this group of amendments all relate to the relative jurisdictions of the Child Support Agency and the courts in matters of child maintenance. The noble Baroness, Lady Buscombe, has spelt out very clearly and lucidly where the concerns of the Opposition Bench lie. As noble Lords will recall, a central feature of the child support scheme introduced by the party opposite was a...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: I am grateful to the noble Baroness. In my reply I overlooked that perfectly proper point. In 1998 the courts made around 8,000 court orders in respect of children. The CSA handled around 350,000 new maintenance applications. The caseload builds up. Of that 8,000 I would expect only a tiny fraction to wish to come to the CSA except--and only except--in those cases where the parent with care...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (8 May 2000)

Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Amendment No. 40 amends Clause 3 of the Bill so that only people claiming income support or income-based jobseeker's allowance can be treated as having applied for child support. At present, Clause 3 provides that people in receipt of income support and income-based jobseeker's allowance, or any prescribed benefit, will be treated as applying for child support. The amendment removes the...


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