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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Males (15 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: No estimate is held on the number of men that are currently aware of the increases to State Pension age. However, all men affected by the State Pension age increase in the Pensions Act 2011 were written to between January 2012 and November 2013 using the addresses held by HMRC at the time. The Department does not hold a specific estimate on the number of women that are aware of their state...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions (15 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: Between April 2009 and March 2011, the Department mailed all women born between 6th April 1950 and 5th April 1953, informing them of their State Pension age under the 1995 Pensions Act. This involved sending 1.16 million letters to the affected females. Following the 2011 changes DWP wrote to all individuals directly affected to inform them of the change to their State Pension age. This...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (15 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: The Department does not hold a specific estimate on the number of women that are unaware of their state pension age. We wrote to all women affected by the Pensions Act 1995 between April 2009 and March 2011 using the addresses held by HMRC at the time. In 2004, a DWP survey found that 73 per cent of people aged 45 to 54 (so aged 57 to 66 in 2016) were aware of the future increase in...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions (15 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: The Government has provided information in order for all individuals to be able to find out their State Pension age and conditions of their benefits. For example, following the Pensions Act 1995, State Pension estimates, issued to individuals on request, made the changes clear. Following the 2011 changes, which brought about faster equalisation of men’s and women’s State Pension...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (15 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: The information requested is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate costs.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Pensions: Tax Allowances (15 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: Pensions’ taxation is a matter for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. The noble Baroness may, however, find it helpful to note that the Pensions Regulator’s website provides comprehensive guidance for employers about their duties under workplace pensions’ legislation. This guidance covers pension scheme choice and the implications for an employer’s workforce of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Protection Fund (15 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: As at 31 March 2016, there were 26 non-associated multi-employer schemes, with a total of 5,060 participating employers between them which are covered by the Pension Protection Fund.

Welfare Reform and Work (Northern Ireland) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (13 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: My Lords, perhaps I may say how much I appreciate what the noble Lord, Lord McAvoy, said. One thing he said that really gets to the heart of this is that the people of Northern Ireland deserve our support. That is felt across the Benches and around the Chamber; we all feel that. We have gone through an unusual procedure, but the fresh start agreement has taken Northern Ireland from a long...

Welfare Reform and Work (Northern Ireland) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (13 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: My Lords, the order will ensure that the welfare reforms enabled by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 in Great Britain are delivered in Northern Ireland, while also ensuring that the Northern Ireland Executive have a workable budget. This order is an important part of delivering the fresh start agreement and enables the Northern Ireland Executive to provide for supplementary welfare...

Welfare Reform and Work (Northern Ireland) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (13 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: The DWP has embedded a “test and learn” approach, and really does look at things. Clearly, where you have different strategies in the different countries of the United Kingdom, one can look at what differential impact those policies have had. I am sure that the DWP will take the opportunity to assess that. The Welfare Reform and Work Act built on the 2012 reforms. This order...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (12 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: The welfare system provides a safety net for those of working age and there are a range of benefits tailored to individual circumstances. The system is designed to deal with the problems which affect those most in need and takes into account difficulty in finding work, disability and caring responsibilities. No figures are available as to why claimants apply for help to the benefits system. ...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Fibromyalgia: Social Security Benefits (12 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recognises Fibromyalgia as a real and potentially significantly disabling condition. Where a clinical diagnosis of Fibromyalgia has been made full account will be taken of its functional effects when determining benefit entitlement.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Pensions (12 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: The period since the referendum has seen movements in market conditions that could have a material impact on pension schemes funding positions. However, the precise effect will depend on a number of factors including how assets are allocated and the approach to hedging. It is important to remember that pensions are invested in the long-term. We continue to monitor the impact.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (9 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: The information requested is not available

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad (9 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: The Government has a clear position, which has remained consistent for around 70 years: UK State Pensions are payable worldwide and uprated abroad where we have a legal requirement to do so - for example in countries where a reciprocal agreement is in place that allows for uprating. There are no plans to change this or to assess the impact of British citizens’ choosing to retire abroad.

Pensions Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (8 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: My Lords, I thank noble Lords for their contributions, which made it rather a more interesting debate than I had anticipated. I will go straight into the questions that were raised rather than reprising the content. There have been two omissions. One was something that has actually potentially affected people; we are getting that first one back in time. We take this seriously. It is not the...

Pensions Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (8 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: Never! So, clearly we need to take this seriously. In this case, however, the impacts have not been great. On how the feedback works, we have an established complaints and resolution procedure—and it is particularly valuable doing it this way because, as the noble Lord, said, the numbers are small—whereby people can either write or phone in. We will catch these and assess what is...

Pensions Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (8 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: I will confirm this in writing, but my impression is that there is a right of appeal in these circumstances. It may be that there was no gap in the legislation. I will confirm that, but that is my starting position for 10.

Pensions Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2016 - Motion to Approve (8 Sep 2016)

Lord Freud: I always love to answer the noble Baroness in a positive way, but I am not in a position to speculate on the precise levels in any particular year. We do not have long to wait until we see some of the figures. I am feeling incredibly confident about my last answer, almost to the extent that a letter is not required on this particular point. With that response, I beg to move. Motion agreed....


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