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star this property date less than 2016-04-13more like thismore than 2016-04-13
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of the UK leaving the EU, UK citizens living in EU member states will retain all of their UK pension rights and will continue to be treated the same as if they were resident in the UK. more like this
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Viscount Waverley more like this
star this property uin HL7606 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-20more like thisremove minimum value filter
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government’s view is that the UK will be stronger, safer and better off in a reformed EU.</p><p> </p><p>As set out in the Government’s White Paper: ‘The process for withdrawing from the European Union’, published on 29 February, the withdrawal process is unprecedented. No country has ever used Article 50 – it is untested. There is a great deal of uncertainty about how it would work. UK citizens living in the EU currently enjoy a range of specific rights to live, to work and access to pensions, health care and public services that are only guaranteed because of EU law. There would be no requirement under EU law for these rights to be maintained if the UK left the EU.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-04-20T11:41:34.7Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-20T11:41:34.7Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Viscount Waverley more like this
523687
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-06-07more like thismore than 2016-06-07
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Developing Countries: Health Services more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what form of evidence of incapacity is acceptable for Personal Independence Payments claims when a person suffering from severe myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome, for which there is currently no treatment, has had no contact with any medical professionals or auxiliary practitioners for a considerable length of time. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL502 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-06-16more like thismore than 2016-06-16
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department encourages claimants to provide as much relevant evidence as necessary to support their claim. The “How your disability affects you” form and accompanying guidance sets out the range of information that can help the Department reach a decision. The guidance for Health Professionals also sets out sources of further evidence which could help inform their advice to the Department, this includes family members, carers or anyone else who supports them.</p><p> </p><p>Before claimants are invited for a face-to-face consultation, all of the evidence held is reviewed and if, at that stage, a decision can be made on the paper evidence alone, then claimants will not be required to attend a face-to-face consultation. Alternatively, further evidence that might help inform the Department’s decision on the claim can be requested by the Health Professional.</p><p> </p><p>If the Health Professional cannot provide advice to the Department at this stage, or where there is insufficient or no other suitable sources of evidence on which to make an assessment, claimants will be invited to attend a face-to-face consultation. This gives claimants the opportunity to put across their own views of the impact of their health condition on their everyday lives, ensuring that decisions reflect the best evidence. In some cases we carry out consultations in the claimant’s home.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-06-16T13:47:27.48Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-16T13:47:27.48Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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1861
unstar this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
524312
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-06-09more like thismore than 2016-06-09
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any provision for people claiming Personal Independence Payments who have difficulty in completing questions by hand to be able to complete the forms electronically; and if not, whether they plan to introduce such a facility. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL583 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-06-16more like thismore than 2016-06-16
unstar this property answer text <p>We are developing a digital service for claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which brings the current PIP telephony claim and paper form together.</p><p>We have tested a number of different design approaches with users and, based on feedback, are developing an application process that is more tailored to individual needs. From April 2016 we started making the online PIP claim available to a small number of PIP claimants on a voluntary basis. This will allow us to get direct feedback, make ongoing improvements and ensure this new service is effective and secure before it is available nationally.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-06-16T14:20:46.807Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-16T14:20:46.807Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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1861
unstar this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-06-29more like thismore than 2016-06-29
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Stamp Duty Land Tax more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Altmann on 16 June (HL502), what provision is made for claimants suffering severe myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome who are housebound or bedbound and who are unable to attend a face-to-face consultation. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL871 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-07-13more like thismore than 2016-07-13
unstar this property answer text <p>A home consultation can be offered where a claimant is unable to travel to a consultation as a result of their health condition or impairment.</p><p> </p><p>Situations where a claimant may need a home consultation can include where a person’s diagnosis suggests a significant disability that may make travel extremely difficult or the claimant provides evidence from a health professional that they are unable to travel due to their health condition or impairment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-07-13T15:08:42.427Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-13T15:08:42.427Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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1861
unstar this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-04-11more like thismore than 2016-04-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading State Retirement Pensions more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is being done to ensure there is clear communication to people about the new state pension. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL7471 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-22more like thismore than 2016-04-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department undertakes extensive research to ensure our communications are clear, targeted and effective.</p><p>The ‘Know the Facts’ campaign, launched in November 2014, uses radio, print and digital advertising to raise awareness of the changes to the State Pension. It directs people to detailed information and material including blogs, videos and resource packs on GOV.UK, and encourages those closest to State Pension age to get a new State Pension statement.</p><p>We continually improve all our communications, based on regular evaluation and feedback, to ensure messages are clear and informative. We also work closely with key intermediaries and stakeholders to share our messages widely.</p><p>The new State Pension campaign includes specific messages to those who may benefit from ways to increase their State Pension; those who may be most at risk of not meeting the minimum qualifying period; and to explain the impact of past periods of contracting-out. We have also reassured pensioners on the old system that they are not affected by these changes.</p><p>People can now also get a personalised State Pension statement online. They will be given a forecast of how much they could get when they reach State Pension age, and find out how to increase this amount. People who do not want to, or cannot use the online service, can continue to request a statement by phone or post.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-04-22T11:31:10.523Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-22T11:31:10.523Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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1796
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
513459
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-04-18more like thismore than 2016-04-18
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Occupational Pensions: Fraud more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to protect people against fraud as they are automatically enrolled into a pension scheme, in the light of the recent cuts to the pensions watchdog. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL7716 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-26more like thismore than 2016-04-26
unstar this property answer text <p>The resources allocated to the Pensions Regulator to cover its regulatory responsibilities, together with those for automatic enrolment compliance activity, increased by £3.4m to £79.5m for the financial year 2016/17.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Schemes that can be used by employers to meet their automatic enrolment duties are subject to specific quality requirements. The Pensions Regulator and the Financial Conduct Authority both play an active role in monitoring schemes used for automatic enrolment to ensure that they meet these standards. The Pensions Regulator has also published a list of independently audited ‘master trusts’ pension schemes that employers may wish to use for automatic enrolment.</p><p> </p><p>Both Regulators carry out targeted activity to investigate and mitigate risks, including indicators of possible fraud.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-04-26T13:00:35.18Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-26T13:00:35.18Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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1796
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-04-25more like thismore than 2016-04-25
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Pension Protection Fund more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the financial strength of the Pension Protection Fund. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
star this property uin HL7901 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-28more like thismore than 2016-04-28
unstar this property answer text <p>The Pension Protection Fund is run by an independent Board and reviews its financial position regularly. It manages over £23 billion of assets and, in the 2014/15 Annual Report, the last published, declared a funding ratio of 115.1 per cent and a surplus of £3.6 billion.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-04-28T11:31:07.71Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-28T11:31:07.71Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
515525
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-04-25more like thismore than 2016-04-25
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Pension Protection Fund more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the risk to the solvency of the Pension Protection Fund of owners of companies with funding deficits selling the business for a nominal consideration or to an unsuitable purchaser. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
star this property uin HL7905 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-28more like thismore than 2016-04-28
unstar this property answer text <p>The independent Pensions Regulator, which oversees worked based pensions, has a statutory objective to reduce the risk of situations arising which may lead to compensation being payable from the Pension Protection Fund. It was given a significant range of anti-avoidance powers in the Pensions Act 2004, which can be deployed where it is appropriate and where the legal tests laid down in legislation are met.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-04-28T11:35:14.997Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-28T11:35:14.997Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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3869
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-04-26more like thismore than 2016-04-26
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading British Home Stores: Pensions more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Pensions Regulator will appoint an investment bank and retail consultancy to support its investigation into the events preceding BHS going into administration. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
star this property uin HL7978 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-05-03more like thismore than 2016-05-03
unstar this property answer text <p>Parliament gave the Pensions Regulator independence in how it operates. It is for the Regulator to determine how it wishes to undertake any investigation into matters relating to the BHS pension scheme.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-05-03T11:41:02.217Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-03T11:41:02.217Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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3869
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
515913
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-04-26more like thismore than 2016-04-26
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading British Home Stores: Pensions more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review decisions taken by the Pensions Regulator in connection with the BHS pension schemes. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
star this property uin HL7979 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-05-03more like thismore than 2016-05-03
unstar this property answer text <p>In accordance with Parliament’s wishes, the Regulator has operational independence. Whilst performance against its key targets is regularly reviewed by the Department, this does not encompass its regulatory decision-making or the conduct of its investigations. It would be entirely inappropriate and improper for Ministers to comment on or intervene in these areas.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-05-03T11:41:23.963Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-03T11:41:23.963Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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3869
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this