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Scottish Parliament: Child Poverty (21 Sep 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: ...challenged on the actions that we need to take to tackle child poverty. We have also outlined steps to introduce a new best start grant, by using one of the Parliament’s new powers, to direct additional support to families on low incomes with children in order to give practical help. Just this week, we announced additional support for young carers—a segment of the population of...

Scottish Parliament: Parents of Premature Babies (Financial Support) (21 Sep 2017)

Nicola Sturgeon: ...wife have now been able to take their baby daughter home from hospital. I am sure that we all wish him, his wife and their little baby the very best. [ Applause .] Health boards offer a range of support for parents who need additional support while their babies are in care, but the support that is available varies from board to board. Following a review of maternity and neonatal services,...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Disability (20 Sep 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: ...benefits including disabled people. With regard to energy, a cap on the prices energy suppliers can charge customers on pre-payment meters, many of whom are disabled people and/or on low incomes, came into effect on 1 April 2017. The price cap covers around 4.5m households, saving many dual fuel customers £70 a year In addition, my colleague the Secretary of State for Business,...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Balance of Payments (20 Sep 2017)

Stephen Barclay: The current account deficit has widened due to a worsening in investment income, as returns on investments in the UK have been higher than the income earned by the UK on investment abroad. As the world economy recovers the current account deficit should narrow, in line with the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecast of -2.0% of GDP in 2021. The Government is supporting exports...

Scottish Parliament: Finance (Income Tax) (20 Sep 2017)

Derek Mackay: ...UK Government’s approach to austerity has been neither fair nor progressive. Although the Prime Minister lectures the country on the need for austerity, she has found an extra £1 billion to buy the Democratic Unionist Party’s support to keep herself in power. At the same time as the Tories have cut budgets, capped welfare payments and introduced policies such as the...

Scottish Parliament: Tax Collection (Jobs) (20 Sep 2017)

Bill Bowman: ...all adopt. I have read the report, which I hope that Alison Johnstone has read, too. As I said, it says that Edinburgh is undeserving of new jobs because of the relatively high average disposable income in the city. Does that mean that everyone in Edinburgh is rich? The report writers also threw in a bizarre reference to private schools for good measure. None of that helps to raise support...

Scottish Parliament: Social Security (19 Sep 2017)

Jeane Freeman: ...when she announced that the agency’s headquarters will be in Dundee, with a second major site in Glasgow. As I announced in April, our new agency will offer a local presence across Scotland, supported by efficient central functions. Throughout the consultation and since, the importance of the local presence—that human face—has been consistently expressed. That local...

Scottish Parliament: Homelessness (19 Sep 2017)

Kevin Stewart: the UK Government’s welfare cuts. From the freeze on benefits to the benefit cap, and from the changes to the local housing allowance to the imposition of the bedroom tax, a series of harsh cuts have been made to the support that people on low incomes rely on to keep a roof over their heads. The deliberate six-week delay before people get the first universal credit payment will...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Cancer (18 Sep 2017)

Penny Mordaunt: ...he suffers from a progressive disease and his death can reasonably be expected within six months’. People over the age of 16 who are unable to work due to an illness or disability can claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) which has both a contributory strand accessible via a National Insurance contribution test and an income-related strand accessible via an income test. For...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment (15 Sep 2017)

Damian Hinds: Universal Credit provides us with the opportunity, for the first time, to support people on low incomes to progress in work, and we are developing the evidence base about what works with a series of trials. Findings from trials delivered under the UK Futures programme with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills were published in August 2016, and we expect to publish the results of trials...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care (15 Sep 2017)

Lord Nash: All parents, of three- and four-year-olds are entitled to 15 hours of free childcare per week, regardless of income and employment status, from 1st September, we have introduced an additional 15 hours of free childcare per week for working parents. The department has invested an additional £1 billion per year by 2019-20 in the free entitlements, including over £300 million per...

Armed Forces Pay — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (14 Sep 2017)

Stephen Morgan: ...8217;s history, and the naval dockyard is hugely significant to the local economy. A tenth of Portsmouth’s workforce is employed there, either in the armed forces or as part of the civilian workforce who support the Navy’s work there. I pay tribute to all their work, but for today’s debate I will focus on the work of our armed forces and specifically on their pay. I...

Children: Gambling Advertisements - Motion to Take Note (14 Sep 2017)

Lord Chadlington: ...addiction costs the UK up to £1.6 billion a year in mental health, police and welfare system services. The social effect of addictive gambling does great damage to the family unit and to the disposable income the family should enjoy. There is, as far as I can ascertain, just one specialist NHS gambling clinic. Founded in 2008, it is funded by the Central and North West London NHS...

Written Answers — Department for Education: English Baccalaureate: Disadvantaged (14 Sep 2017)

Nick Gibb: ...taught since the introduction of the EBacc and who may have gone on to higher education will still be undergraduates. The Government is committed to ensuring that talented students have access to the support they need to help them succeed in careers in the arts and creative industries. Our Music and Dance Scheme and Dance and Drama Awards provide income-assessed support to ensure that the...

Scottish Parliament: Food and Drink Strategy (14 Sep 2017)

Edward Mountain: Thank you, Presiding Officer. I will continue where I left off. Since 2011, farm incomes have fallen by 75 per cent, and 59 per cent of farmers make less than the minimum agricultural wage an hour. The dairy industry is perhaps the best example; dairy farmers get a very low gate price that does not reflect the effort that they put in. Without realistic prices for produce, farmers cannot...

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL] - Committee (4th Day) (13 Sep 2017)

Baroness Drake: ...that very protection regime for the genuine claimant. It raises the costs and charges faced by other customers for what they have to pay for products and services, often hurting those on lower incomes. We know that the ease of entrance to the market means that claims management companies often do not treat claimants well. They give poor value to the claimant on fees and service; there is...

Higher Education (England) Regulations (13 Sep 2017)

Angela Rayner: ...people know the reality of the debt they take on today. I have just spoken about many different ways in which the Government could alleviate our students’ debt: there is the interest rate, the income threshold, and even maintenance grants if they really cared about students from poorer and disadvantaged backgrounds. Despite what the right hon. Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) said,...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Karen Lee: ...Lincoln on a fully costed manifesto, and I am proud to be a member of the shadow Treasury team. Our NHS is chronically understaffed, and there are not enough nurses, doctors, midwives, healthcare support workers, housekeepers, occupational therapists or physios—I could go on and on. Taking a leaf out of Jeremy’s book, I spoke to some of my colleagues. I spoke to Rachel, a...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland Office: Universal Credit: Northern Ireland (13 Sep 2017)

James Brokenshire: Universal Credit will make work pay. It will support people in Northern Ireland who are on a low income or out of work, helping to ensure that they are better off in work than on benefits.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Young People: Nigeria (13 Sep 2017)

Alistair Burt: ...the private sector, to build a better future for the largest youth population in Africa. DFID is providing critical healthcare in the early stages of life, educating over 1 million children, and supporting livelihoods, jobs and investment across the country, and has raised the incomes of 1.38 million Nigerians since 2015.

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