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star this property date less than 2017-07-03more like thismore than 2017-07-03
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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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
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government against whom a worker earning £11,500 can claim if they discover that their employer has used a workplace pension scheme operating on a Net Pay basis for auto-enrolment, in order to recover the 25% taxpayer bonus they could have received in a Relief at Source scheme. more like this
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Baroness Altmann more like this
star this property uin HL321 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-11more like thismore than 2017-07-11
star this property answer text <p>The Government does not collect data on the number of workers earning less than the personal allowance who are also members of pension schemes that operate a net pay system. The Government does not hold employee level data on employees enrolled in net pay pension schemes, as such schemes are not obliged to report pension contributions to HM Revenue and Customs. The Government does not, therefore, hold information on the value of tax reliefs paid out to employees in net pay schemes.</p><p> </p><p>The latest official analysis of the eligibility of workers for automatic enrolment was published on 13 October 2016 in ‘Workplace Pensions: Update of analysis on Automatic Enrolment’. Information on age and earnings breakdowns for all workers can be found in table 3a on page 6.</p><p> </p><p>The Pensions Regulator provides guidance to employers on choosing a pension scheme for their staff in order to discharge their statutory obligations under automatic enrolment. This guidance covers the choice between net pay and relief at source schemes, and the implications of net pay schemes for employees who do not pay tax. Provided an employer has selected a qualifying pension scheme for automatic enrolment, they have complied with their automatic enrolment duties with respect to scheme choice.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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HL320 more like this
HL322 more like this
HL323 more like this
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less than 2017-07-11T15:55:57.76Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-11T15:55:57.76Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-20more like thismore than 2017-07-20
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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 Social Security Benefits: EEA Nationals more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government how many EEA migrants who have had benefit applications refused have brought a claim to the Social Entitlement Chamber Tribunal in each of the last five years. more like this
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Lord Hain more like this
star this property uin HL1143 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-08-03more like thismore than 2017-08-03
star this property answer text <p>The information requested is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-08-03T15:40:30.527Zmore like thismore than 2017-08-03T15:40:30.527Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hain more like this
752466
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star this property date less than 2017-07-17more like thismore than 2017-07-17
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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 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 Her Majesty's Government how many advance payments of universal credit have been made following a claim for universal credit since its introduction; and what proportion of all claims that number represents. more like this
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
star this property uin HL912 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-25more like thismore than 2017-07-25
star this property answer text <p>We are planning to publish data on the Universal Credit Advances in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-07-25T10:30:07.15Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-25T10:30:07.15Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-17more like thismore than 2017-07-17
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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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
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government how many claimants of universal credit have had to wait for more than six weeks for the first payment of universal credit; and what is the average waiting time. more like this
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-25more like thismore than 2017-07-25
star this property answer text <p><em> </em></p><p>The assessment period and payment structure of Universal Credit creates a fixed period between date of entitlement and the first payment.</p><p> </p><p>The policy intention is that claimants receive the first payment 5 weeks after their date of entitlement (6 weeks if waiting days are served). The assessment period runs for a full calendar month from the date of entitlement, and the UC pay date will be 7 calendar days after the end of the assessment period. This mirrors the world of work and allows for a 1 month period in which to gather information about a claimants’ earnings. Advances and budgeting support are available to support claimants during this period. Advances can provide up to 50% of a claimants indicative award straight away.</p><p> </p><p>The latest internal data, for week ending 19 June, suggests some 80% of cases were paid in full at the end of the first assessment period. For the 20% of cases who were not paid in full we estimate around a third have not signed up to their claimant commitment so cannot be paid until they have. The other two thirds have an outstanding verification issue, such as providing bank statements, evidence of childcare costs, or proof of rent. Many of these claimants receive a part-payment where elements of the claim have been verified.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL910 more like this
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less than 2017-07-25T10:29:56Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-25T10:29:56Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-20more like thismore than 2017-07-20
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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 Poverty more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government how they define, monitor and assess (1) poverty, and (2) the root causes of poverty, in the UK. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-08-03more like thismore than 2017-08-03
star this property answer text <p>This Government is committed to an approach that tackles the root causes of poverty and disadvantage. Through <em>Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families</em>, published on 4 April, it published its evidence and analysis on the root causes of disadvantage and the impact they can have on children’s lives. It also set out nine national indicators and underlying measures to track progress in tackling these disadvantages and to drive continued action on improving outcomes for disadvantaged children and families, now and in the future.</p><p>The most commonly used measure of poverty is ‘relative low-income’. Estimates on the number and proportion of people in low income are published annually in the ‘Households Below Average Income’ series. It measures how the incomes of one group compare to median incomes in the UK, with those incomes below 60 per cent of the median classified as being in relative low-income.</p><p>For more details on the definitions of low income please see the latest Households Below Average Income report attached.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-08-03T15:42:37.433Zmore like thismore than 2017-08-03T15:42:37.433Z
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star this property file name HBAI Report.PDF more like this
star this property title HBAI Report more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bird more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-05more like thismore than 2017-07-05
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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
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support boxers and footballers with dementia pugilistica who currently rely on financial assistance from various charities. more like this
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Lord Pendry more like this
star this property uin HL525 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-18more like thismore than 2017-07-18
star this property answer text <p>The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council’s (IIAC) 2005 review of Dementia in boxers and footballers concluded that there was insufficient evidence to recommend an addition to the list of Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (available to employed earners) prescribed diseases. In 2014 IIAC sought high quality research evidence about the risks of neurodegenerative diseases in professional sportspersons. The IIAC response in May 2016 concluded that despite the passage of time, epidemiological evidence on risk of dementia pugilistica in boxers relative to other workers remains elusive, and that there was no new important evidence to change the previous appraisal of prescription in respect of soccer players. As in 2005, there remains insufficient evidence to indicate a more than doubled risk of a dementia in boxers.</p><p> </p><p>IIAC has no plans at present to revisit this, but would likely reconsider should new evidence emerge. However the department provides a range of benefits to support with extra costs of disability, which individuals may be entitled to depending on their circumstances.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-07-18T11:13:51.18Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-18T11:13:51.18Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Pendry more like this
747346
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star this property date less than 2017-07-03more like thismore than 2017-07-03
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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
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of low paid workers' claims against their employers for the money they are due in tax relief if it is denied to them by their employer's choice of pension scheme. more like this
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Baroness Altmann more like this
star this property uin HL322 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-11more like thismore than 2017-07-11
star this property answer text <p>The Government does not collect data on the number of workers earning less than the personal allowance who are also members of pension schemes that operate a net pay system. The Government does not hold employee level data on employees enrolled in net pay pension schemes, as such schemes are not obliged to report pension contributions to HM Revenue and Customs. The Government does not, therefore, hold information on the value of tax reliefs paid out to employees in net pay schemes.</p><p> </p><p>The latest official analysis of the eligibility of workers for automatic enrolment was published on 13 October 2016 in ‘Workplace Pensions: Update of analysis on Automatic Enrolment’. Information on age and earnings breakdowns for all workers can be found in table 3a on page 6.</p><p> </p><p>The Pensions Regulator provides guidance to employers on choosing a pension scheme for their staff in order to discharge their statutory obligations under automatic enrolment. This guidance covers the choice between net pay and relief at source schemes, and the implications of net pay schemes for employees who do not pay tax. Provided an employer has selected a qualifying pension scheme for automatic enrolment, they have complied with their automatic enrolment duties with respect to scheme choice.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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HL320 more like this
HL321 more like this
HL323 more like this
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less than 2017-07-11T15:55:57.823Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-11T15:55:57.823Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
753265
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star this property date less than 2017-07-18more like thismore than 2017-07-18
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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
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the lessons to be learned from the reports of the Scottish Government's Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality in the light of persistent poverty levels in the United Kingdom. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
star this property uin HL953 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-25more like thismore than 2017-07-25
star this property answer text <p>The Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality was appointed in 2015 to offer advice to the Scottish Government on the action it could take to tackle poverty in Scotland.</p><p> </p><p>Nevertheless, the UK Government has taken note of the Advisor’s two publications: <em>Shifting the Curve</em> (and its most recent progress report) and <em>The Life Chances of Young People</em>.</p><p> </p><p>The UK Government remains committed to tackling the root causes of child poverty and disadvantage, and has set out a framework for continued action in <em>Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families</em>, published on 4 April.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-07-25T10:30:43.807Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-25T10:30:43.807Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bird more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-18more like thismore than 2017-07-18
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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
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of (1) children, (2) adults, and (3) working families, living in poverty across the United Kingdom; and what long-term plan they have to prevent such poverty. more like this
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Lord Bird more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-28more like thismore than 2017-07-28
star this property answer text <p>The most commonly used measure of poverty is relative low income.</p><p> </p><p>The latest statistics from the Households Below Average Income (HBAI) data series show that there are: 2.7 million children, 5.7 million working-age adults, and 2.1 million pensioners in relative low income in the United Kingdom on a ‘before housing costs’ (BHC) basis.</p><p>Analysis of the HBAI data shows that there are 2.1 million families in relative low income BHC where at least one adult member works at least part-time.</p><p>This Government is committed to tackling the root causes of poverty, thereby preventing the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage.</p><p> </p><p>This is why we repealed the income-related targets set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010 and replaced them with statutory measures that drive action on parental worklessness and children’s educational attainment – the two areas that we know can make the biggest difference to disadvantaged children, now and in the future.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Work and Pensions published Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families in April 2017. Here we set out further non-statutory indicators on a wider set of parental disadvantage and children’s outcomes, which will drive collective action on areas that matter in tackling disadvantage.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL955 more like this
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less than 2017-07-28T10:40:12.077Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-28T10:40:12.077Z
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star this property date less than 2017-07-04more like thismore than 2017-07-04
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost of introducing a double lock on Pension Credit uprating from 2018–19 onwards, uprating pensions by the highest of the consumer price index or earnings inflation, (1) over the course of this Parliament, (2) over the next 10 years, and (3) up to 2050. more like this
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Baroness Altmann more like this
star this property uin HL417 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-18more like thismore than 2017-07-18
star this property answer text <p>No estimate of the cost of introducing a double lock on Pension Credit uprating has been made. The legislative requirement is that the standard minimum guarantee in Pension Credit should increase at least in line with earnings.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-07-18T16:24:54.83Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-18T16:24:54.83Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-03more like thismore than 2017-07-03
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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
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost saving, in long-term expenditure on State Pensions, from changing the current triple lock into a double lock using the best of earnings or CPI inflation, from 2020 onwards. more like this
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Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-11more like thismore than 2017-07-11
star this property answer text <p><br>The Government is committed to ensuring economic security for people at every stage of their life, including when they reach retirement. The Government is also clear that fairness between the generations must be maintained. We are committed to the Triple Lock for the remainder of this Parliament. Economic forecasts suggest that State Pensions will go up by at least 2.5% each year for the length of this Parliament and so maintaining the Triple Lock for this Parliament will cost no extra money.</p><p> </p><p>It is estimated that uprating the State Pension by a double lock (highest of earnings or inflation) from April 2020 would reduce State Pension expenditure by the following compared to the Triple Lock:</p><p>(1) 0.03% of GDP in 2029/30;</p><p>(2) 0.08% of GDP in 2039/40;</p><p>(3) 0.13% of GDP in 2049/50;</p><p> </p><p>It is estimated that in 2066/67, uprating by a double lock would reduce State Pension expenditure by around 0.2% of GDP compared to uprating by the Triple Lock.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL325 more like this
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less than 2017-07-11T15:41:13.39Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-11T15:41:13.39Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-20more like thismore than 2017-07-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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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 Social Security Benefits: EEA Nationals more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have, if any, that EEA migrants come to the UK for the specific purpose of claiming benefits. more like this
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Lord Hain more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-08-03more like thismore than 2017-08-03
star this property answer text <p>While the Government checks the immigration status of benefit claimants to ensure the benefit is paid properly and to prevent fraud, the Department does not collect information of an individual’s specific purpose for coming to the UK and so this information is not available.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-08-03T15:40:49.823Zmore like thismore than 2017-08-03T15:40:49.823Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hain more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-18more like thismore than 2017-07-18
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what is the budget for the Health and Safety Executive for 2017–18; how many inspectors it expects to employ in 2017–18; and how many inspectors it employed in each of the last five years. more like this
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Baroness Jolly more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-28more like thismore than 2017-07-28
star this property answer text <p>HSE’s net budget for 2017-18 is £136 million (which includes planned expenditure of £232 million, offset by planned income of £96 million).</p><p> </p><p>During 2017-18 we are seeking to maintain inspector numbers at or around the level as at 31 March 2017 which is stated below, along with the four previous years.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Number of HSE inspectors at 31 March</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>31 March 2013</p></td><td><p>31 March 2014</p></td><td><p>31 March 2015</p></td><td><p>31 March 2016</p></td><td><p>31 March 2017</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>1,115</p></td><td><p>1,051</p></td><td><p>1,038</p></td><td><p>1,037</p></td><td><p>988</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-07-28T11:12:54.233Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-28T11:12:54.233Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Jolly more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-04more like thismore than 2017-07-04
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the benefits and costs to the UK of membership of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. more like this
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Lord Lester of Herne Hill more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-18more like thismore than 2017-07-18
star this property answer text <p>The Agency collects and shares good practice information on national and European Union priorities for safety and health at work, working with national contact points in all Member States. Its activities are particularly valuable to recent and proposed EU entrants and those with less well developed health and safety systems.</p><p> </p><p>The European Court of Auditors publishes annual reports on the accounts of the Agency that are automatically deposited with Parliament for scrutiny purposes. For the latest report (financial position as of 31 December 2015), the budget was €16.9 million and the auditors stated that the Agency’s accounts were reliable and transactions were legal and regular.</p><p> </p><p>Our relationship with the European Union's decentralised bodies upon exit, including the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, will be evaluated in light of delivering the twelve objectives outlined by the Prime Minister to achieve a deep and special positive and constructive partnership between the UK and the European Union.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-07-18T14:24:18.99Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-18T14:24:18.99Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Lester of Herne Hill more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-03more like thismore than 2017-07-03
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost saving over (1) 10 years, (2) 20 years, and (3) 30 years, of changing the current triple lock on State Pensions into a double lock consisting of the best of earnings or CPI inflation, from 2020 onwards. more like this
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Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-11more like thismore than 2017-07-11
star this property answer text <p><br>The Government is committed to ensuring economic security for people at every stage of their life, including when they reach retirement. The Government is also clear that fairness between the generations must be maintained. We are committed to the Triple Lock for the remainder of this Parliament. Economic forecasts suggest that State Pensions will go up by at least 2.5% each year for the length of this Parliament and so maintaining the Triple Lock for this Parliament will cost no extra money.</p><p> </p><p>It is estimated that uprating the State Pension by a double lock (highest of earnings or inflation) from April 2020 would reduce State Pension expenditure by the following compared to the Triple Lock:</p><p>(1) 0.03% of GDP in 2029/30;</p><p>(2) 0.08% of GDP in 2039/40;</p><p>(3) 0.13% of GDP in 2049/50;</p><p> </p><p>It is estimated that in 2066/67, uprating by a double lock would reduce State Pension expenditure by around 0.2% of GDP compared to uprating by the Triple Lock.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-07-11T15:41:13.467Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-11T15:41:13.467Z
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star this property date less than 2017-06-21more like thismore than 2017-06-21
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the finding by the Equality and Human Rights Commission review published on 3 April, Being disabled in Britain: a journey less equal, that across the UK 18.4 per cent of disabled people aged 16 to 64 were considered to be in food poverty in 2014 compared with 7.5 per cent of non-disabled people. more like this
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Baroness Deech more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-05more like thismore than 2017-07-05
star this property answer text <p>It is widely acknowledged that the reasons why people are in food poverty are complex and overlapping, and therefore would be misleading to link this to any particular cause. The Government’s approach has been about recognising the value and importance of work, to make work pay and to support people into work whilst protecting the most vulnerable in society. We are committed to ensuring that those in work are paid a fair wage; have opportunities to progress and achieve their potential. We are getting disabled people into employment and working to change attitudes, introducing reforms to make sure that work always pays and that we support people into work. Since June 2016 over 750,000 of people who were receiving incapacity benefits are now either preparing for or looking for work.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-07-05T12:20:20.183Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-05T12:20:20.183Z
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star this property date less than 2017-06-21more like thismore than 2017-06-21
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to simplify the benefits regime to reduce the extent of the form filling and assessment burdens on benefits recipients. more like this
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Lord Ouseley more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-03more like thismore than 2017-07-03
star this property answer text <p>The DWP is currently implementing Universal Credit. This flagship welfare reform policy simplifies the benefits regime for working-age people. It replaces 6 former benefits administered by DWP, HMRC and Local Authorities, with 1 single application process to DWP. Universal Credit also makes extensive use of digital services to reduce the extent of form filling for benefit recipients, who can interact with the Department using an online account.</p><p> </p><p>The introduction of the New State Pension on 6 April 2016 also provided a simpler and more straightforward benefit for pension-age customers. This is less open to misunderstanding and dispute. State Pension claims are supported by an, increasingly popular, online claims service alongside a well established telephony channel. These two channels account for the vast majority of claims and have significantly reduced form filling. DWP is currently testing a new claims portal for State Pension to further improve the citizen experience.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-06-28more like thismore than 2017-06-28
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Personal Independent Payment assessors receive appropriate training to allow them to take a holistic approach to a claimant's assessment. more like this
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-04more like thismore than 2017-07-04
star this property answer text <p>All Health Professionals (HPs) working on the delivery of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments must be either an occupational therapist, level 1 nurse, physiotherapist, paramedic or doctor. They must also be fully registered and have at least two years’ post full-registration experience. In addition to their profession, the Department recognises the importance of ensuring that individuals also have sufficient experience, skills and training to carry out their duties and PIP providers are required to ensure that the HPs carrying out assessments have knowledge of the clinical aspects and likely functional effects of a wide range of health conditions and impairments.</p><p> </p><p>All new assessors complete one month of intensive training in disability analysis which includes a functional evaluation as to how medical conditions and the long-term medical treatment of those conditions affect an individual’s ability to perform day-to-day activities. This is followed by on-going professional training and support which continues for the duration of their employment in the role.</p><p> </p><p>Final approval to work as a health assessor must be conferred by the Department for Work and Pension’s Chief Medical Adviser on behalf of the Secretary of State.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-07-04T14:40:36.827Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-04T14:40:36.827Z
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star this property date less than 2017-07-10more like thismore than 2017-07-10
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government whether it is their policy to continue with the plans to address parental conflict in workless families set out in Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families, published in April. more like this
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Lord Farmer more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-17more like thismore than 2017-07-17
star this property answer text <p><strong> </strong></p><p>Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families set out our plans to tackle the root causes of disadvantage, with a focus on workless families. As part of this approach, we announced an innovative new programme of support to help parents, whether they are together or separated, to reduce conflict. This is based on the most recent evidence, which tells us that children who are exposed to frequent, intense and poorly resolved conflict are at risk of experiencing poorer long term outcomes. Plans are currently underway to develop this support, and more details of this will be announced in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-07-17T15:25:21.373Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-17T15:25:21.373Z
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star this property date less than 2017-07-03more like thismore than 2017-07-03
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government whether low paid workers who earn less than the personal tax threshold may claim against the Pensions Regulator for failing to ensure that employers use a suitable auto-enrolment scheme that does not force them to pay more than they should for their pensions. more like this
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Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-11more like thismore than 2017-07-11
star this property answer text <p>The Government does not collect data on the number of workers earning less than the personal allowance who are also members of pension schemes that operate a net pay system. The Government does not hold employee level data on employees enrolled in net pay pension schemes, as such schemes are not obliged to report pension contributions to HM Revenue and Customs. The Government does not, therefore, hold information on the value of tax reliefs paid out to employees in net pay schemes.</p><p> </p><p>The latest official analysis of the eligibility of workers for automatic enrolment was published on 13 October 2016 in ‘Workplace Pensions: Update of analysis on Automatic Enrolment’. Information on age and earnings breakdowns for all workers can be found in table 3a on page 6.</p><p> </p><p>The Pensions Regulator provides guidance to employers on choosing a pension scheme for their staff in order to discharge their statutory obligations under automatic enrolment. This guidance covers the choice between net pay and relief at source schemes, and the implications of net pay schemes for employees who do not pay tax. Provided an employer has selected a qualifying pension scheme for automatic enrolment, they have complied with their automatic enrolment duties with respect to scheme choice.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government whether the Health and Safety Executive will send a representative to the International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference at Imperial College, London in September; and if not, why not. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-18more like thismore than 2017-07-18
star this property answer text <p>The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will not be attending the International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference at Imperial College, London in September 2017. HSE works with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to regulate health and safety at work in the aviation industry. This operates through a memorandum of understanding and associated guidance document CAP 1484 (see documents attached).</p><p>CAP 1484 states that by agreement CAA regulates health and safety on board aircraft and advises on the health implications of exposure to hazardous substances on crew and passengers. CAA is the most appropriate regulatory attendee and HSE will seek information and updates on such issues through its regular contacts with CAA.</p> more like this
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less than 2017-07-18T13:18:23.34Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-18T13:18:23.34Z
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government whether there is enough flexibility in the Personal Independence Payments criteria to allow for claimants with unusual conditions. more like this
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-11more like thismore than 2017-07-11
star this property answer text <p>We are committed to ensuring that the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment works effectively for individuals with any health conditions or disability. This is achieved by measuring the impact on an individual’s ability to undertake a range of activities.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-05more like thismore than 2017-07-05
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering a review of Carers Allowance to ensure that it is sufficient to meet the financial support needs of carers. more like this
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Lord Pendry more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-19more like thismore than 2017-07-19
star this property answer text <p>This Government recognises and appreciates the valuable support that carers provide to those with care needs.</p><p> </p><p>Since 2010 the rate of Carer’s Allowance has increased from £53.90 to £62.70 a week, meaning an additional £450 a year for carers. Carer’s Allowance is excluded from the benefit freeze and is uprated annually in line with the Consumer Prices Index.</p><p> </p><p>Carers on low incomes can access other financial support through income-related benefits. Income Support, Housing Benefit and Pension Credit include an additional carer’s premium of £34.95 a week. Universal Credit includes a carer’s element of £151.89 per monthly assessment period. People entitled to Carer’s Allowance or the carer’s element in Universal Credit are not subject to the benefit cap.</p><p> </p><p>As society ages and care needs increase, it is important that carers are able to combine caring with paid employment, or return to paid work when their caring duties allow. The Government’s Fuller Working Lives Strategy, published in February 2017, sets out proposals to help carers combine work and care or prepare for returning to the labour market. In addition, earned income up to £116 net a week is ignored for the purposes of Carer’s Allowance. Means-tested benefits and Universal Credit also provide for care to be combined with earnings.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government whether they continue to collect data against the family stability indicator measures, in particular (1) the percentage of all children who are not living with both their birth parents, broken down by age of child, and (2) the percentage of children in low income households not living with both parents compared to the percentage of such children in middle to higher income households. more like this
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Lord Farmer more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-19more like thismore than 2017-07-19
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Work and Pension’s publication <em>Improving lives: Helping Workless Families,</em> presented evidence on the root causes of disadvantage and their impact on the outcomes for children. This included nine national indicators to track progress in tackling the disadvantages that affect families’ and children’s lives and replace all the former <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-justice-outcomes-framework" target="_blank">social justice outcomes framework</a> indicators. A copy of this framework has been attached.</p><p> </p><p>One of the new indicators measures parental conflict to reflect evidence that inter-parental relationship quality is of fundamental importance to children’s outcomes, including their mental health, wellbeing and future employment prospects. On the basis of this evidence and after consulting with academics, a new indicator has been developed. This measures quality of the inter-parental relationship among coupled and separated parents as the proportion of children in couple-parent families experiencing relationship distress. Where parents are separated, research suggests that positive involvement from both parents in the child’s life can help address the potential negative impacts of parental separation therefore as a proxy for the quality of relationship between separated parents the proportion of children in separated families who see their non-resident parents regularly is also being measured.</p><p> </p><p>The Analysis and Research Pack published alongside <em>Improving Lives</em>, presents an update of the proportion of children in couple-parent families living with parents who report relationship distress, broken down by the age of the child. The measure is not broken down by income.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text Her Majesty's Government whether they have estimated the number of workers earning below the personal tax threshold who have been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension scheme that operates on a Net Pay basis; and if not, why not. more like this
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Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2017-07-11more like thismore than 2017-07-11
star this property answer text <p>The Government does not collect data on the number of workers earning less than the personal allowance who are also members of pension schemes that operate a net pay system. The Government does not hold employee level data on employees enrolled in net pay pension schemes, as such schemes are not obliged to report pension contributions to HM Revenue and Customs. The Government does not, therefore, hold information on the value of tax reliefs paid out to employees in net pay schemes.</p><p> </p><p>The latest official analysis of the eligibility of workers for automatic enrolment was published on 13 October 2016 in ‘Workplace Pensions: Update of analysis on Automatic Enrolment’. Information on age and earnings breakdowns for all workers can be found in table 3a on page 6.</p><p> </p><p>The Pensions Regulator provides guidance to employers on choosing a pension scheme for their staff in order to discharge their statutory obligations under automatic enrolment. This guidance covers the choice between net pay and relief at source schemes, and the implications of net pay schemes for employees who do not pay tax. Provided an employer has selected a qualifying pension scheme for automatic enrolment, they have complied with their automatic enrolment duties with respect to scheme choice.</p>
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