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star this property date less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
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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: Females more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to compensate women born in the 1950s who were adversely affected by changes to the state pension age. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
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Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 279380 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-08-12more like thismore than 2019-08-12
star this property answer text <p>Successive Governments have made necessary decisions to equalise and increase the State Pension age. State Pension age reform has focused on maintaining the right balance between sustainability of State Pension, equality and fairness between generations in the face of demographic change.</p><p>Even after equalising women’s State Pension age with men’s, women will spend on average around 2 years more in receipt of their state pension because of their longer life expectancy. If we had not equalised State Pension age, women would be expected to spend on average over 40 per cent of their adult lives in retirement.</p><p> </p><p>During the passage of the 2011 Act, the Government listened to the concerns of those affected and this is why we introduced a concession worth over £1 billion in order to limit the impact on those women who would be most affected by the changes. This concession reduced the proposed increase in State Pension age for over 450,000 men and women, and means that no woman will see her pension age change by more than 18 months, relative to the 1995 Act timetable.</p><p> </p><p>For people who simply can’t work, our welfare system will continue to provide a strong safety net, as it does for people of all ages now. Any women experiencing hardship, including problems such as unemployment, disability, and coping with caring responsibilities, can already claim support from the welfare system. The Government is committed to supporting the vulnerable and spends over £50 billion a year on benefits to support disabled people and people with health conditions.</p><p> </p><p>The new State Pension is more generous for many women. Over three million women stand to gain an average of £550 extra per year by 2030 as a result of recent State Pension reforms.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-08-12T10:36:40.293Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-12T10:36:40.293Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1140856
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star this property date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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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 Pensions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she plans to take to limit a person's pension age rise when age eligibility for the state pension is increased. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cardiff West more like this
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Kevin Brennan more like this
star this property uin 280183 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 2019-08-12more like thismore than 2019-08-12
star this property answer text <p>The Government published its review of State Pension age in July 2017. The report can be viewed here: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630065/state-pension-age-review-final-report.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630065/state-pension-age-review-final-report.pdf</a>.</p><p>The next Government review of State Pension age will be completed within six years of that report.</p><p>The Pensions Act 2014 requires the Government to regularly review State Pension age and report to Parliament, to help to ensure the rules about State Pension age are appropriate having regard to life expectancy and the costs of increasing longevity are shared fairly between the generations, and provide greater clarity around the plans for changing State Pension age in the future.</p><p> </p><p>The changes to State Pension age became law following consultation and extensive debates in Parliament. During the passage of the Pensions Act 2011, Parliament introduced limits to person’s State Pension age rise, worth £1.1 billion, which reduced the proposed increase in State Pension age for over 450,000 men and women, meaning that no woman will see her pension age change by more than 18 months, relative to the original 1995 Act timetable.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-08-12T10:22:41.367Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-12T10:22:41.367Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kevin Brennan more like this
1141038
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star this property date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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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 Television: Licensing more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of free television licences issued to residents in (a) the Norwich City Council area (b) Norwich South constituency and (c) Norwich North constituency in each of the last three years; and what the total annual value was of those licences. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Norwich South more like this
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Clive Lewis more like this
star this property uin 280459 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 2019-08-01more like thismore than 2019-08-01
star this property answer text <p>In the 2015 funding settlement, the Government agreed with the BBC that responsibility for the concession will transfer to the BBC in June 2020.</p><p>The government and the BBC agreed at the time that this was a fair deal for the BBC. The BBC benefited as the government closed the iPlayer loophole and committed to increase the licence fee in line with inflation. And to help with financial planning, the government agreed to provide phased transitional funding over 2 years to gradually introduce the cost to the BBC.</p><p>This reform was subject to public discussion and debated extensively during the passage of the Digital Economy Act 2017 through Parliament.</p><p>On 10 June 2019, the BBC <a href="https://www.bbc.com/aboutthebbc/reports/consultation/age-related-tv-licence-policy" target="_blank">announced</a> that the current scheme will end. From 1 June 2020, a free TV licence will only be available to a household with someone aged over 75 who receives Pension Credit.</p><p>The table below provides estimates of the costs and caseloads for 2015/16 through to 2017/18 of providing free TV licences to people aged 75 years and over in the geographical areas requested. Expenditure in nominal prices. The figures for 2018/19 will be available in September.</p><p /><p /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Caseload (thousands)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2015-16</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2016-17</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2017-18</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(a) the Norwich City Council (Norwich local authority area)</strong></p></td><td><p>8.5</p></td><td><p>8.7</p></td><td><p>8.6</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(b) Norwich South constituency</strong></p></td><td><p>6.7</p></td><td><p>6.9</p></td><td><p>6.8</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(c) Norwich North constituency</strong></p></td><td><p>7.4</p></td><td><p>7.7</p></td><td><p>7.6</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Expenditure (£m) (Nominal)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2015-16</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2016-17</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2017-18</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(a) the Norwich City Council (Norwich local authority area)</strong></p></td><td><p>£1.21</p></td><td><p>£1.21</p></td><td><p>£1.23</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(b) Norwich South constituency</strong></p></td><td><p>£0.96</p></td><td><p>£0.95</p></td><td><p>£0.97</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(c) Norwich North constituency</strong></p></td><td><p>£1.06</p></td><td><p>£1.07</p></td><td><p>£1.10</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong> </strong></p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-08-01T09:41:27.043Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-01T09:41:27.043Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Clive Lewis more like this
1140879
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star this property date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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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 Credit: Wales more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals are eligible for pension credit but not claiming the benefit in (a) Wales and (b) each parliamentary constituency in Wales. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newport East more like this
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Jessica Morden more like this
star this property uin 280185 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 2019-08-01more like thismore than 2019-08-01
star this property answer text <p>The information requested on the number of individuals eligible for Pension Credit but do not claim it in (a) Wales and (b) each parliamentary constituency in Wales is only available at Great Britain level.</p><p> </p><p>Official statistics on the take-up of income-related benefits at Great Britain level, including Pension Credit, can be found in the ‘Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up in 2016 to 2017’ publication.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-08-01T09:20:34.3Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-01T09:20:34.3Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jessica Morden more like this
1140545
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star this property date less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
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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 more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to tackle the use of shape shifting practices by employers to avoid meeting pension obligations to employees; and if he will make a statement . more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Blaenau Gwent more like this
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Nick Smith more like this
star this property uin 279430 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 2019-08-01more like thismore than 2019-08-01
star this property answer text <p>The vast majority of employers are meeting their pension obligations under automatic enrolment, consistent with the legal framework established under the Pensions Act 2008. Where employers fail to comply with the law however, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has a full range of powers to ensure employees get the pensions they are due.</p><p>TPR is aware of some employers that appear to have tried to avoid meeting their pension obligations by hiding behind a new name. TPR investigators are working to take action against offenders that try to use this tactic, and are carrying out short-notice inspections on employers that are suspected of breaching their automatic enrolment duties.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-08-01T09:10:06.667Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-01T09:10:06.667Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nick Smith more like this
1140256
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star this property date less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
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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
star this property hansard heading Pensions: Consumer Information more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to assess how the Pensions Dashboard could connect into private pension schemes using a federated Digital Identity. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Eastbourne more like this
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Stephen Lloyd more like this
star this property uin 278951 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 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
star this property answer text <p>The Government’s response to the consultation on pensions dashboards set out that it is the responsibility of the industry delivery group to agree a standardised level of digital identity to make dashboards work, working closely with industry and the government. We are clear that it must comply with the National Cyber Security Centre’s Good Practice Guide 45. Therefore, it will ultimately be the responsibility of the industry delivery group reporting to the Money and Pensions Service to identify a digital identity solution(s) for dashboards that meet these standards and to make a decision on whether those digital identity solution(s) use a federated digital identity.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/792303/government-response-pensions-dashboards.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/792303/government-response-pensions-dashboards.pdf</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-07-23T11:27:18.42Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-23T11:27:18.42Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Lloyd more like this
1140271
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star this property date less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
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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
star this property hansard heading Pension Credit: Dementia more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who are eligible for but do not claim pension credit live with dementia. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Portsmouth South more like this
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Stephen Morgan more like this
star this property uin 279142 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-23more like thismore than 2019-07-23
star this property answer text <p>Official statistics on the take-up of income related benefits at Great Britain level, including Pension Credit, can be found in the ‘Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up in 2016 to 2017’ publication.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017</a></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The information requested on the number of people who are eligible for pension credit but do not claim and live with dementia is not available.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-07-23T11:25:22.16Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-23T11:25:22.16Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Morgan more like this
1138961
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star this property date less than 2019-07-15more like thismore than 2019-07-15
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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 Credit: Telephone Services more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many calls were made to the pension credit claim line in each of the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kingston and Surbiton more like this
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Sir Edward Davey more like this
star this property uin 277103 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 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
star this property answer text <p>Calls to Pension Credit Claim Line in each of the last 12 months are outlined in the table below:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Month</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>No. of Calls</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>July 18</p></td><td><p>49168</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>August 18</p></td><td><p>36885</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>September 18</p></td><td><p>38635</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>October 18</p></td><td><p>54165</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>November 18</p></td><td><p>39811</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>December 18</p></td><td><p>27092</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>January 19</p></td><td><p>45258</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>February 19</p></td><td><p>39569</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>March 19</p></td><td><p>42377</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>April 19</p></td><td><p>46210</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>May 19</p></td><td><p>43720</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>June 19</p></td><td><p>60060</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td><td><p>522950</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p /><p>DWP officials continue to monitor the numbers of enquiries and claims to Pension Credit in order to ensure that levels of service to the public can be maintained and that we are able to respond flexibly and quickly to changes in demands on services including any increase in Pension Credit take-up.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-07-22T12:20:53.65Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-22T12:20:53.65Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Edward Davey more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
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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
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the increases in state pension for 2019-20 were calculated; and for what reasons pensioners reaching the age of 80 are awarded an increase of 25 pence in 2019-20. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath more like this
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Lesley Laird more like this
star this property uin 276270 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 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
star this property answer text <p>As a result of the Triple Lock, from April 2019, the full yearly amount of the basic State Pension is around £675 higher than if it had just been up-rated by earnings since April 2010. That’s a rise of over £1,600 in cash terms.</p><p /><p>The Government is committed to ensuring economic security for people at every stage of their life, including during retirement. We are forecast to spend over £120 billion on benefits for pensioners in 2019/20. This includes £99 billion of expenditure on the State Pension.</p><p> </p><p>In 2019/20, the basic State Pension and the new State Pension (apart from Protected Payments) were both uprated by 2.6%. This was in line with the Triple Lock guarantee that these will rise by the highest of average earnings growth, price inflation, or 2.5%. In 2019/20 the highest measure was earnings growth at 2.6%. The full basic State Pension went up by £3.25 to £129.20 a week whilst the full rate of the new State Pension rose by £4.25 to £168.60 a week.</p><p> </p><p>Protected Payments, Additional State Pension and Graduated Retirement Benefit elements are uprated each year by the increase in prices. They rose by 2.4% (CPI) in 2019/20.</p><p> </p><p>The 25p age addition to contributory and non-contributory retirement pensions is paid with the State Pension when individuals reach age 80. It is a separate issue from the uprating process outlined above. When the age addition was first introduced in 1971 the value of the basic State Pension for a single person was £6 per week and the amount of 25p constituted a more substantial sum in relation to the total State Pension than it does nowadays in relation to the current basic State Pension of £129.20 a week.</p><p> </p><p>Although there are no plans to uprate the age addition amount, this should be considered alongside the range of other measures and benefits, including Pension Credit, that are available to pensioners, over age 80. Moreover, people who are aged 80 and over receive a Winter Fuel Payment of £300, instead of the standard Winter Fuel Payment of £200 for pensioners below that age. Additionally, the non-contributory Category D State Pension is available to those aged over 80 with either no entitlement to a basic State Pension or who are entitled to State Pension of less than £77.45 per week who meet the residency conditions.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-07-19T12:29:42.183Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-19T12:29:42.183Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lesley Laird more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
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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 Universities Superannuation Scheme more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make an assessment of claims that the Universities Superannuation Scheme exaggerated its budget deficit in November 2017. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol North West more like this
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Darren Jones more like this
star this property uin 276269 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 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
star this property answer text <p>It is not appropriate for Government to comment on individual cases, which are a matter for the independent Pensions Regulator.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-07-19T12:19:41.547Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-19T12:19:41.547Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Darren Jones more like this