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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensions (4 Aug 2016)

Lord Freud: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 25 July 2016. The correct answer should have been: The UK’s monetary policy framework gives operational responsibility for monetary policy to the independent Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) at the Bank of England. Decisions on setting monetary policy are for the judgement of the Monetary Policy Committee. The...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensions (4 Aug 2016)

Lord Freud: The UK’s monetary policy framework gives operational responsibility for monetary policy to the independent Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) at the Bank of England. Decisions on setting monetary policy are for the judgement of the Monetary Policy Committee. The Government is sensitive to the fact that there will be those who gain and those who lose from any particular monetary policy...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Welfare Assistance Schemes (2 Aug 2016)

Lord Freud: From April 2013, non-ring fenced funding was passed to local authorities in England and to the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales, who all now administer Welfare Assistance Schemes on a devolved and localised basis. How those local authorities administer this support is for them to decide and outside of my Department’s remit. In 2014 the Department undertook a review of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: British Home Stores: Pensions (1 Aug 2016)

Lord Freud: The right approach is to allow the Pensions Regulator to get on with its investigations into the use of its anti-avoidance powers. There is a clear legal process that must be followed and this can sometimes take a considerable amount of time. The Pensions Regulator’s Chief Executive has given a commitment that it will have made significant progress by the end of 2016. It has said that...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (1 Aug 2016)

Lord Freud: The decision to equalise the State Pension age for men and women dates back to 1995 and addresses a longstanding inequality. Since April 2010, women’s State Pension age has been gradually increasing for those born after 6 April 1950. Following sharp increases in life expectancy projections, and therefore the increase in the number of people living longer in retirement, this timetable...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (1 Aug 2016)

Lord Freud: Transitional arrangements are already in place. At the time of the Pensions Act 2011 the government introduced a concession worth 1.1 billion to limit the impact of the rising state pension age on those most affected. The concession capped the maximum delay that anyone would face in claiming their State Pension to 18 months rather than two years, relative to the previous timetable.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Lone Parents: Low Pay (28 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: Estimates for the numbers of female and male single parents who earn less than the median average income are shown in the table below: Millions, 2014/15, United Kingdom Below 2014/15 median household income Number of female Lone Parents in work: 0.8 Number of male Lone Parents in work: 0.1 Average income is defined as the median equivalised net household income, where median...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Jobcentre Plus: Training (28 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: The Department for Work and Pensions supports its staff in developing the skills required to identify and effectively support claimants with mental health conditions. A number of learning products such as ‘Introduction to Working with People with a Mental Health Condition’ and ‘Supporting Customers with a Vulnerability’ have been specifically developed to build...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits: Disqualification (28 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: We keep the operation of the sanctions processes under constant review to ensure they continue to function effectively and fairly, to promote positive behaviours. Where we identify an issue, we act to put it right. Following the recommendations from the Oakley Review and the subsequent report ‘Benefit sanctions policy beyond the Oakley Review’ by the Work and Pensions Select...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (25 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 21 July 2016. The correct answer should have been: Impact assessments published for welfare changes, for example those relating to the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016, are available on www.gov.uk. Published impact assessments not available on www.gov.uk may be available at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk. We already have...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (25 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: Impact assessments published for welfare changes, for example those relating to the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016, are available on www.gov.uk. Published impact assessments not available on www.gov.uk may be available at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk. We already have cumulative distributional analysis published by HMT that is the most comprehensive available covering not only the effects...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Low Incomes: Statistics (21 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: The change in publication format for the 2014/15 Households Below Average Income (HBAI) National Statistics release was made to bring this report into line with the new standard DWP Statistics template, with the aim of giving more focussed and accessible publications, without sacrificing the breadth of statistical analysis previously published. No information has been lost from this...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for Work and Pensions: Welfare Reform (20 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Damian Green MP) has made the following Written Statement. Universal Credit is the biggest transformation of the welfare state since its inception; it has formed and will continue to form a key part of this Government’s action to reduce reliance on benefits and increase incentives to work. It is a reform which is...

Universal Credit - Question (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: I recognise the concern about impact, especially about arrears, as we discussed last week, but many claimants come to UC with final earnings to support them until their first payment and often find work quickly. Waiting days apply to those most likely to find work and various claimant support initiatives are available, including advances, dedicated work coaches and budgeting support. DWP is...

Universal Credit - Question (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: I am looking at this area. The figures have to be looked at very carefully to see what they are really showing us. We are looking at a group going to UC who are changing their circumstances. The difference between what happens to them as they go on to housing benefit compared with the legacy benefits is not as great as I initially thought. But I am taking this seriously and I will look at it...

Universal Credit - Question (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: We do publicise them. In UC, we probably do not publicise the advances available enough, and I am looking at making that information more available on screen and automatic, rather than through a conversation—so that is a good point.

Universal Credit - Question (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: As I said, I am looking at this area. It is not as simple as some of the figures might make you think. I, too, read the IFS research with great interest. Inequality among children has fallen very steeply since the mid-1990s, most of it post the recession. Whenever the IFS says anything nice, I really appreciate it. It said that the important reason was a remarkable fall in the share of...

Universal Credit - Question (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: I thank the noble Lord. His sums on this are right, although, along with him, I am not sure whether that is a compliment or the opposite. With the figures that we are looking at, we are disentangling legacy systems—which are pretty odd in themselves—from the new system. One fact about the very big ALMO figures is that ALMOs want rent a week in advance, so it is not surprising that...

Universal Credit - Question (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: Let me be absolutely clear why we are doing this. It is of course very convenient for housing associations to be paid directly by the state, but it is incredibly inconvenient for claimants to then move from being out of work to being in work. Our whole drive is to break that barrier and get rid of all those artificial barriers to people going into work. It is something that we need to work on...

Universal Credit - Question (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: Oh, last week.


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