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Criminal Finances Bill: Social Security and Pensions (21 Feb 2017)

Eilidh Whiteford: I am glad we are able to debate these orders simultaneously. The Scottish National party will obviously not oppose the social security uprating order, and we certainly welcome the pensions uprating order, but this is an opportunity to put on record, again, our deep concern about the ongoing impact on low-income households of the freeze on working-age benefits. We are particularly concerned...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Rate Resolution (21 Feb 2017)

Derek Mackay: I am privately and publicly pleased that it looks as though the budget is going to be passed this week with the right package of measures to support our country. Today, I ask the Scottish Parliament to agree to a Scottish rate resolution for the tax year 2017-18 that freezes all income tax rates, maintains the higher rate threshold at £43,000, protects those on low and middle incomes and...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (1st Day) (20 Feb 2017)

Lord Howarth of Newport: My Lords, the remain campaign told the people that the decision to remain or to leave was theirs. All of us should respect their democratic decision to leave. If we do not, public disaffection from politics will become a crisis. Those who meditate a second referendum are playing with fire. Besides, the deal will not be a binary constitutional choice appropriate for a referendum but a complex...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (20 Feb 2017)

Caroline Nokes: We know that work is the best route out of poverty. That is why the Government has introduced welfare reforms – such as those included in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 to increase work incentives and reduce welfare dependency. These reforms are working. We now have the lowest rate of unemployment in over a decade, and the lowest number of workless households since records...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Living Wage: Enforcement (20 Feb 2017)

Gregory Campbell: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employers have been convicted of paying staff less than the national living wage since its introduction.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (20 Feb 2017)

Damian Hinds: It is not meaningful to compare against an unchanged tax credits system, but the national living wage, help with childcare and the straightforward taper in universal credit all mean that people can earn more, and a higher income tax allowance means that they can keep more of it.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Inflation (14 Feb 2017)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: Living standards, as measured by real household disposable income per head, grew at their fastest rate in 14 years in 2015. This took living standards to their highest ever level, and they are forecast to have risen further in 2016. From April 2017, the Personal Allowance will rise to £11,500 and the National Living Wage to £7.50 an hour, meaning families will keep more of what...

Written Answers — Department of Health: NHS: Pay (10 Feb 2017)

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to restructure the most junior Agenda for Change pay bands to (a) pay the living wage and (b) maintain pay differentials.

State Pension: Working-Class Women (9 Feb 2017)

Alison Thewliss: The hon. Lady is absolutely correct. Some women have had opportunities stifled throughout their lives. They were not given the chance to go off and have the careers they wanted. My grandmother was forced to leave school. I have her school report and she was one of the brightest in her class, but her family said she had to go out and work and not stay on at school or go on to further...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-26 (9 Feb 2017)

Andy Wightman: I welcome the debate on “Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-26”. I am enjoying it and I hope that the rest of the debate is as stimulating as the speeches that we have heard so far. The strategy is a useful publication, which sets a clear path for social enterprises over the next decade. As the cabinet secretary acknowledged, such enterprises are of growing...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Children: Poverty (8 Feb 2017)

Damian Hinds: This Government is committed to building a country that works for everyone. That is why our forthcoming Green Paper will identify and address the root causes of child poverty, building on the new statutory indicators of parental worklessness and children’s educational attainment set out in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. We know that work is the best route out of poverty. The...

Housing White Paper - Statement (7 Feb 2017)

Lord Shipley: My Lords, I agree very much with the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy of Southwark. I welcome some of the proposals in the White Paper but it is not the ambitious, radical plan that is needed to solve the housing crisis. At the outset, I will ask the Minister a specific question. There is no mention in the Statement of the 1 million net new homes commitment by 2020 and there seems to be no new money...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Communities and Local Government: Cleaning Services (7 Feb 2017)

Marcus Jones: Cleaning services in buildings managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government are outsourced under a facilities management contract. Suppliers are responsible for setting rates of pay for their staff and rates for cleaners vary dependent on location and market rates. They have informed the department that they currently pay, as a minimum, the National Living Wage for cleaning...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Inflation (7 Feb 2017)

Simon Kirby: The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) expect inflation to increase to 2.5 per cent by the end of 2017 and peak at 2.6 per cent in Q2 2018. Their forecast was reflected in the distributional analysis published alongside Autumn Statement 2016. The government is taking steps to support low-income households, including raising the National Living Wage, raising the personal allowance,...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Children: Day Care (7 Feb 2017)

Caroline Dinenage: The latest census data on the provision of education for children under 5 years of age shows there are approximately 1.34 million 3- and 4- year old children benefitting from funded early education places: see Table 2, -children-under-5-years-of-age-january-2016. Included in this figure are approximately 430,000 children who are...

Scottish Parliament: Withdrawal from the European Union (Article 50) (7 Feb 2017)

Michael Russell: As the First Minister has indicated, this debate on article 50 will culminate in “one of the most significant votes in the history of the Scottish Parliament since devolution.” If the debate were to require extra time, I am sure that we would all wish to give it that. I am sure that I need not remind MSPs that, on 23 June last year, the people of Scotland voted clearly and...

Informal European Council: Parliamentary oversight of negotiations (6 Feb 2017)

Stewart Hosie: I support the new clauses and amendments tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for North East Fife (Stephen Gethins), and I will particularly address new clause 51, in the name of the hon. Member for Pontypridd (Owen Smith). In particular, I support the argument for a White Paper that includes details of the expected trajectory for the UK’s balance of trade, gross domestic product and...

Residential Care - Question (6 Feb 2017)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, it is absolutely evident that the care homes are facing an existential problem. Their costs have increased by 30% in the last year with the introduction of the national living wage, and their profits have significantly reduced. Some 1,500 homes have closed over the last six years. There is a major problem going on, and it is not good enough to exhort local councils to pick up the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Home Office: Cleaning Services (6 Feb 2017)

Sarah Newton: Cleaning services across the department are outsourced. Suppliers are responsible for setting rates of pay for their staff and rates for cleaners vary dependent on their age, location and market rates. They have informed the department that they currently pay, as a minimum, either the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage for cleaning the department’s buildings.

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