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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (21 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 Published impact assessments not available on may be available at 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.

Universal Credit - Question (19 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: To be clear, the Prime Minister, who I have worked for directly, treats this area as very important, which I am really pleased about. We are paying real attention, at speed, to sorting out these matters. As I said, one can brandish the figures around, but they do not necessarily tell you what you think they do.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (18 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: On 28th June 2016 the Department for Work and Pensions published the report “Income-related benefits: Estimates of take-up in 2014/15”. The full report has been published online. For Great Britain, the following estimates are available for 2014/15:Pension Credit: Up to 3.1 billion of available Pension Credit went unclaimed;Housing Benefit: Up to 4.6 billion of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensions (18 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: The legislation governing the funding of defined benefit occupational pensions schemes is designed to be flexible, allowing the trustees or managers of these schemes to determine which method and assumptions are to be used in their schemes technical provisions. A number of factors come into play in scheme funding decisions and the Pensions Regulator provides useful guidance for trustees in...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (18 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: The latest available data on personal independence payment (PIP) registrations, clearances and claims in payment for both new claims and reassessed claims (for those previously in receipt of disability living allowance (DLA)) is published on Gov.UK. In particular, breakdowns of reassessed claims in payment by type and rate of awards can be found from Stat-Xplore, which is a tool for...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Motability (18 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: Motability is an independent charitable organisation wholly responsible for the Motability scheme. Operational decisions, such as what types of vehicles the scheme should provide, are for Motability to make. They can be contacted at Director of Motability, Motability, Warwick House, Roydon Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 5PX.

Poverty - Motion to Take Note (14 Jul 2016)

Lord Freud: My Lords, I am responding to this debate in the most unusual circumstances imaginable. I started off with a Whip beside me; she disappeared after a few minutes and then popped up on my telephone screen as my new boss, the Leader of the House—the boss of all of us. So that is unusual. Later, I saw on the screen—I am sorry, I have not been quite as attentive as I normally...

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