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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Credit (20 Jun 2018)

Guy Opperman: The Department for Work & Pensions is unable to provide this information as the data is not collected and would only be available at disproportionate cost to the Department.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensions: Young People (19 Jun 2018)

Guy Opperman: Following the introduction of automatic enrolment into workplace pensions, the latest DWP statistics estimated that in 2017 over 3.2 million workers aged 22-29, which represents 79 per cent of all eligible workers in this age group, were saving into a workplace pension. This was a 385,000 increase on the numbers of eligible workers saving in 2016 Automatic enrolment has seen more than 9.7...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (14 Jun 2018)

Guy Opperman: The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) is independent of Government and is accountable to Parliament through the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee for its performance. The DWP plays no part in allocating resources to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s Office.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Crummock: Insolvency (12 Jun 2018)

Guy Opperman: The UK has a well-established, effective and robust pensions rescue system. The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) was set up to pay compensation to members of defined benefit schemes where the sponsoring employer is insolvent. The PPF ensures that people above their scheme pension age receive 100 per cent of their pension, and those below their scheme’s normal pension age get 90 per cent of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Pensions: Central Suffolk and North Ipswich (12 Jun 2018)

Guy Opperman: In the Central Suffolk and North Ipswich constituency, since 2012, approximately 11,000 eligible jobholders have been automatically enrolled and 1,820 employers have met their duties. Automatic enrolment is a great success story with more than 9.6 million workers enrolled into pension saving and over 1.2 million employers meeting their duties to date.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Terminal Illnesses (12 Jun 2018)

Guy Opperman: In 2016 John Cridland was appointed to conduct an independent review of State Pension age. This independent review was informed by consultation with a number of organisations, including on the subject of alternatives to a universal State Pension age. These organisations included dozens of charities and third sector organisations, which contributed to a written consultation and attended...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Non-departmental Public Bodies (11 Jun 2018)

Guy Opperman: Data on the gender diversity of new non-executive appointees to public boards for 2012 to 2015 is published on Gov.uk https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/diversity-in-publ ic-appointments. The Commissioner for Public Appointments completes and publishes an annual data survey of all new appointments and reappointments made to boards of public bodies by Government including the overall...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Protection Fund (7 Jun 2018)

Guy Opperman: The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) was set up to pay compensation to members of defined benefit schemes where the sponsoring employer is insolvent and the scheme has insufficient assets to secure pensions at PPF compensation levels of above. There are no pension schemes in the PPF with a crown guarantee, as the guarantor would be required to make up any shortfall in the event of insolvency.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Terminal Illnesses (6 Jun 2018)

Guy Opperman: The Government agrees with the independent reviewer of State Pension age, John Cridland, that the strengths of maintaining a universal State Pension age are the simplicity and clarity it provides both for individual and public planning purposes. The welfare system provides a safety-net for those experiencing hardship, with a range of benefits tailored to individual circumstances. This...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Carillion: Insolvency (4 Jun 2018)

Guy Opperman: All DB pension schemes are required to pay Pension Protection Fund (PPF) risked based levy. The PPF levy is the only payment that schemes are required to make to the PPF prior to insolvency. After an employer insolvency event, the pension scheme will enter a PPF assessment period, where the PPF will determine whether the scheme has sufficient funds to pay benefits at PPF compensation levels...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Protection Fund (4 Jun 2018)

Guy Opperman: The Labour government set up the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) to pay a meaningful level of compensation to DB scheme members where the sponsoring employer becomes insolvent. The PPF is fundamentally funded by a levy on eligible schemes. Therefore, any decision to increase either the level of compensation, or to provide inflation increases to pensions built up before April 1997, would...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment: York (29 May 2018)

Guy Opperman: The number of Mandatory Reconsideration clearances for Personal Independence Payment in York Local Authority broken down by clearance type for each financial year since its introduction is as follows: Financial Year New Decision - Award Changed New Decision - Award Unchanged Decision Not Revised Withdrawn/ Cancelled Total 13/14 # # 10 0 20 14/15 50 170 60 # 280 ...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Pensions: Females (24 May 2018)

Guy Opperman: Automatic enrolment (AE) is a great success story with more than 9.6 million workers enrolled into pensions saving and over 1.2 million employers meeting their duties. It was created to help people with their long-term pension savings and works by requiring employers to enrol all eligible staff into a workplace pension. This policy has helped to reverse a decade of decline in savings prior to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (23 May 2018)

Guy Opperman: The Department has a two tier complaints process which considers formal complaints about our service. Complaints received from women born in the 1950s and affected by changes in State Pension age are handled in line with the overall Departmental complaints process.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (22 May 2018)

Guy Opperman: Since the 1995 Pensions Act, successive Governments have gone to significant lengths to communicate State Pension age changes, including campaigns and writing directly to those affected. This also included issuing around 16 million automatic pension forecasts between 2003-2006, accompanied by a leaflet on State Pension age, which included information on how it was increasing for women; We...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions (22 May 2018)

Guy Opperman: The Pensions Act 2014 requires the Government to regularly review State Pension age and report the outcome of that review to Parliament. This process helps to ensure the costs of increasing longevity are shared fairly between the generations and also provides greater clarity for people around how State Pension age will change in the future. The Government announced in 2013 that people can...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (22 May 2018)

Guy Opperman: Successive governments did not do a constituency or regional specific assessment of the effect of changes to the State Pension age for men or women born in any individual constituency. Therefore, this process is not proposed for the Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside or the North East.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Protection Fund: Carillion (21 May 2018)

Guy Opperman: There are 12 Carillion DB schemes in the Pension protection Fund (PPF) assessment period. The PPF are working with scheme administrators to determine whether they can pay pensions at or above PPF benefits. Where a scheme cannot do this, the PPF will assume responsibility and pay compensation. Individuals above their scheme’s normal pension age will receive 100% of their accrued...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Services: Occupational Pensions (17 May 2018)

Guy Opperman: Ministers, the Department and third parties regularly promote the advantages of pension saving in the media for all workers. All employers have a duty to assess their staff to see if they have eligible workers, tell them about automatic enrolment and complete a declaration of compliance to be submitted to the Pensions Regulator. Even if an employer has workers who are not eligible to be...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (15 May 2018)

Guy Opperman: Successive governments have not done a constituency specific assessment of the economic effect of changes to the State Pension age for women born in any individual constituency. Therefore this process is not proposed for the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency.


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