Elizabeth Truss: The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) produces an independent forecast of both UK gross contributions to the EU and contributions net of EU receipts administered by the UK public sector. The OBR’s latest forecast, at March 2017, puts the UK’s post-rebate gross contribution to the EU across 2017-18 at £15bn. The UK’s receipts administered via government...
Elizabeth Truss: As of 19 July, 13,218 parents with a 3 or 4 year old child have been unsuccessful in their application for 30 hours free childcare since the start of the childcare service trial in November 2016. Parents must meet the minimum income criteria to qualify for 30 hours free childcare. Parents can also apply for 30 hours free childcare up to 14 days before returning to work. As of 19 July,...
Elizabeth Truss: As with all transport scheme proposals, a thorough analysis of the Crossrail 2 strategic outline business case is being carried out by the Department for Transport, to ensure it is a robust scheme and to assess its potential economic effects. This includes examining whether the National Infrastructure Commission’s detailed recommendations on the scheme — including those on costs,...
Elizabeth Truss: The Government is considering how to respond to the consultation. It would not be appropriate to comment until a decision has been made on the way ahead.
Elizabeth Truss: The independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) produces forecasts independently of Ministers, doing so objectively, transparently and impartially, as required by law.
Elizabeth Truss: As the Chancellor announced at Budget last year, the existing Employer Supported Childcare scheme will remain open to new entrants until April 2018.
Elizabeth Truss: In line with roll out plans for Universal Credit, HMRC will not accept any new claims to tax credits from November 2018.
Elizabeth Truss: Our pay policy has always been designed to strike the right balance between being fair to our public servants and being fair to all those whose taxes pay for them. That approach has not changed and we continually assess that balance.
Elizabeth Truss: I refer the Honourable Lady to my answer of 4 July 2017. It has been the practice of successive administrations not to disclose details of such meetings.
Elizabeth Truss: The Welsh Government receives funding from a variety of sources. The Welsh Government’s own spending plans will set out this in detail. http://gov.wales/funding/budget/final-budget-2017-18/?lang=e n Details of the Welsh Government’s Block Grant are set out in tables 1.6 and 1.7 of the 2017 Spring Budget document. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachm...
Elizabeth Truss: This government is committed to upholding its responsibility for the protection and defence of the country. It therefore remains government policy to maintain the nuclear deterrent and this was backed by Parliament on 18th July 2016.
Elizabeth Truss: The information requested is not held by HMRC
Elizabeth Truss: Since 2010, the deficit has been reduced by three-quarters. However, as the OBR’s Fiscal Risks Report published last week shows, the public finances remain vulnerable and it’s important for this country to bring down its levels of debt. That is why the government has committed to reduce the structural deficit to below 2% and get debt falling as a share of GDP by 2020-21, guiding...
Elizabeth Truss: As of 12th of July, over 150,000 people had applied for an eligibility code for 30 hours free childcare and over 120,000 had been successful. The system is designed so that most eligible parents will receive an eligibility decision and 30 hours code within 30 seconds. In some cases additional checks are needed to determine whether a parent is eligible and, where appropriate, a code will be...
Elizabeth Truss: I refer the Honourable Member for Stretford and Urmston to the answer given by the Right Honourable member for Ashford in response to PQ3079.
Elizabeth Truss: The National Roads Fund will commence in 2020-21. The Barnett Formula will be applied in the normal way when allocations are made from the Fund.
Elizabeth Truss: Public sector pay remains, on average, comparable to private sector pay. But, HM Treasury analysis, as well as independent studies, show public sector pay at a significant premium when pensions are taken into account. This analysis is not broken down by household.
Elizabeth Truss: I have regular discussions with the Welsh Government on a range of matters of importance to Wales and the UK.
Elizabeth Truss: The amount of funding available in the next round of Libor funding for charities (LIBOR 2017) will be confirmed once all applications for funding support have been received. The application window closes on 25 August 2017; full details of the scheme and the application form can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/libor-funding-app lications
Elizabeth Truss: Projected savings were outlined in the Summer Budget 2015. Over the parliament 2010-2015, the government’s firm restraint over public sector pay delivered reductions to departmental spending, saving approximately £8 billion.