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star this property date less than 2017-10-06more like thismore than 2017-10-06
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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 Prison Officers: Retirement more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what impact assessment his Department carried out before raising the pension age to 68 for prison officers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Airdrie and Shotts more like this
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Neil Gray remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-11more like thismore than 2017-10-11
star this property answer text <p>HM Treasury published an Impact Assessment in September 2012 on the Public Service Pensions Bill, which later became the Public Service Pensions Act 2013. This Act links the Normal Pension Age for public sector workers (including prison officers) to the State Pension Age. Under current legislation, the State Pension Age will rise to 68 for those born 6 April 1978 onwards. The justification for linking the two ages is to keep the Normal Pension Age for public service schemes in line with developments in longevity, ensuring the sustainability of the schemes and managing the risk to the taxpayer. The UK Government had extensive engagement with the Scottish Government and with trade unions before the reformed public service schemes, as outlined in the Act, were introduced in 2015.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Regular consideration of State Pension age is necessary to ensure that the pensions system remains sustainable as life expectancy grows. The first Government review of State Pension age was published earlier this year, in line with the framework introduced by the 2014 Pensions Act for regular and structured reviews of State Pension age to be held at least once every six years. The review can be accessed here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630065/state-pension-age-review-final-report.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630065/state-pension-age-review-final-report.pdf</a></p><p> </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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105699 more like this
105700 more like this
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less than 2017-10-11T16:34:27.013Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-11T16:34:27.013Z
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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 Neil Gray more like this
765396
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star this property date less than 2017-10-06more like thismore than 2017-10-06
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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 Prison Officers: Retirement more like this
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unstar 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 discussions his Department had with trade unions in (a) Scotland and (b) the rest of the UK before raising the pension age to 68 for prison officers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Airdrie and Shotts more like this
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Neil Gray remove filter
star this property uin 105699 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-11more like thismore than 2017-10-11
star this property answer text <p>HM Treasury published an Impact Assessment in September 2012 on the Public Service Pensions Bill, which later became the Public Service Pensions Act 2013. This Act links the Normal Pension Age for public sector workers (including prison officers) to the State Pension Age. Under current legislation, the State Pension Age will rise to 68 for those born 6 April 1978 onwards. The justification for linking the two ages is to keep the Normal Pension Age for public service schemes in line with developments in longevity, ensuring the sustainability of the schemes and managing the risk to the taxpayer. The UK Government had extensive engagement with the Scottish Government and with trade unions before the reformed public service schemes, as outlined in the Act, were introduced in 2015.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Regular consideration of State Pension age is necessary to ensure that the pensions system remains sustainable as life expectancy grows. The first Government review of State Pension age was published earlier this year, in line with the framework introduced by the 2014 Pensions Act for regular and structured reviews of State Pension age to be held at least once every six years. The review can be accessed here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630065/state-pension-age-review-final-report.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630065/state-pension-age-review-final-report.pdf</a></p><p> </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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105698 more like this
105700 more like this
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less than 2017-10-11T16:34:27.09Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-11T16:34:27.09Z
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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 Neil Gray more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-10-06more like thismore than 2017-10-06
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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 Prison Officers: Retirement more like this
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unstar 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 discussions his Department had with the Scottish Government before raising the pension age to 68 for prison officers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Airdrie and Shotts more like this
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Neil Gray remove filter
star this property uin 105700 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-11more like thismore than 2017-10-11
star this property answer text <p>HM Treasury published an Impact Assessment in September 2012 on the Public Service Pensions Bill, which later became the Public Service Pensions Act 2013. This Act links the Normal Pension Age for public sector workers (including prison officers) to the State Pension Age. Under current legislation, the State Pension Age will rise to 68 for those born 6 April 1978 onwards. The justification for linking the two ages is to keep the Normal Pension Age for public service schemes in line with developments in longevity, ensuring the sustainability of the schemes and managing the risk to the taxpayer. The UK Government had extensive engagement with the Scottish Government and with trade unions before the reformed public service schemes, as outlined in the Act, were introduced in 2015.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Regular consideration of State Pension age is necessary to ensure that the pensions system remains sustainable as life expectancy grows. The first Government review of State Pension age was published earlier this year, in line with the framework introduced by the 2014 Pensions Act for regular and structured reviews of State Pension age to be held at least once every six years. The review can be accessed here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630065/state-pension-age-review-final-report.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630065/state-pension-age-review-final-report.pdf</a></p><p> </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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105698 more like this
105699 more like this
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less than 2017-10-11T16:34:27.137Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-11T16:34:27.137Z
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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 Neil Gray more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-06more like thismore than 2019-02-06
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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 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will issue a response to Early Day Motion 2033 on Pension Credit - Debate and Vote. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Airdrie and Shotts more like this
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Neil Gray remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
star this property answer text <p>The Government’s reforms to the welfare system are designed to support those who need it and help people into work. We have reduced pensioner poverty to close to historically low levels and the triple lock on the State Pension has helped lift the incomes of millions of pensioners. Since 2010, we have increased the annual level of the basic State Pension by £1,450. In 2018/19 we will spend £121.5 billion on benefits for pensioners and by 2023/24 this rises to £143.5 billion.</p><p> </p><p>In 2012, Parliament voted to modernise the welfare system to ensure that couples, where one person is of working age and the other person is over State Pension age, access support, where it is needed, through the working age benefit regime. This replaces the previous system whereby the household could access either Pension Credit and pension-age Housing Benefit, or working-age benefits.</p><p> </p><p>Pension Credit is designed to provide long-term support for pensioner households who are no longer economically active. It is not designed to support working age claimants. This change will ensure that the same work incentives apply to the younger partner as apply to other people of the same age, and taxpayer support is directed where it is needed most.</p><p> </p><p>The Government set out to Parliament last year that this change would be implemented once Universal Credit was available nationally for new claims. On 14th January 2019, the Government confirmed that this change will be introduced from 15th May 2019. The change was being brought into effect in Great Britain through a Commencement Order[1] under the Welfare Reform Act 2012. There was an equivalent Order to introduce the change for Northern Ireland.</p><p> </p><p>The change will not affect mixed age couples who are entitled to Pension Credit and/or pension age Housing Benefit immediately before the implementation date unless their entitlement to both those benefits subsequently ends.</p><p> </p><p>In February 2017, Government published an employer-led Strategy “Fuller Working Lives: A Partnership Approach”, which sets out the importance of Fuller Working Lives for employers and individuals. It also sets out action Government is taking to support older workers to remain in the labour market.</p><p> </p><p>Honourable Members can seek the opportunity to debate the issues raised by this commencement order through applying for an adjournment or Backbench Business Committee debate.</p><p /><p> </p><p>[1] The Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 31 and Savings and Transitional Provisions and Commencement No. 21 and 23 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Amendment)) Order 2019</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 2019-02-12T14:23:22.097Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-12T14:23:22.097Z
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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 Neil Gray more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-25more like thismore than 2019-02-25
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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 Credit: Scotland more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pension credit claimants there are in (a) Scotland and (b) each constituency in Scotland. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Airdrie and Shotts more like this
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Neil Gray remove filter
star this property uin 225525 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-05more like thismore than 2019-03-05
star this property answer text <p>The total number of Pension Credit Claimants in Scotland from most recent published data (as of August 2018) is 157,573.</p><p> </p><p>The number of Pension Credit claimants in Scotland and each constituency in Scotland is published and available at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk</a></p><p> </p><p>Guidance for users is available at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html" target="_blank">https://sw.stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html</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 2019-03-05T12:26:22.12Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-05T12:26:22.12Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-25more like thismore than 2019-02-25
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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 Pensioners: Poverty more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on the level of pensioner poverty of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 (Commencement No. 31 and Savings and Transitional Provisions and Commencement No. 21 and 23 and Transitional and Transitory Provisions (Amendment)) Order 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Airdrie and Shotts more like this
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Neil Gray remove filter
star this property uin 225526 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-05more like thismore than 2019-03-05
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to action that helps to alleviate levels of pensioner poverty. The absolute poverty rate for pensioners has fallen to record lows. The number of pensioners in absolute poverty before housing costs has fallen by 200,000 since 2010. In the early 1970s roughly 40% of pensioners were in poverty. Relative poverty after housing costs is now down to 16% - one of the lowest rates since comparable records began.</p><p> </p><p>This change in the way support is provided to couples where one partner is below State Pension age will ensure that the same incentives to work and save for retirement apply to the younger partner as apply to other people of the same age. Unlike Pension Credit, which in most cases allows couple to retain only £10 a week of earned income, Universal Credit provides clear incentives for people to find and progress in work.</p><p> </p><p>The change to the Pension Credit rules was legislated for in the Welfare Reform Act 2012. As part of the Parliamentary process, an Equality Impact Assessment was published in November 2011, which included an assessment of the impacts of Universal Credit reforms on older couples, including mixed age couples. This can be found at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-equality-impact-assessment" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-equality-impact-assessment</a></p><p> </p><p>The change does not affect either partner’s entitlement to a State Pension. And it will not affect mixed age couples who are receiving Pension Credit and/or pensioner Housing Benefit immediately before the implementation date, unless their entitlement to both those benefits ends and they subsequently need to re-enter the system of support through means-tested benefits before the younger partner reaches State Pension age.</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 2019-03-05T17:05:37.22Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-05T17:05:37.22Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-25more like thismore than 2019-02-25
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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 Credit more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of women affected by the change in the state pension age will be affected by the proposed reforms to pension credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Airdrie and Shotts more like this
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Neil Gray remove filter
star this property uin 225527 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-05more like thismore than 2019-03-05
star this property answer text <p>No mixed age couples who are receiving Pension Credit and/or Housing Benefit for pensioners immediately before the implementation date will see a reduction in the amount of benefit they receive as a result of the policy change (unless their entitlement to both those benefits subsequently ends).</p><p>Under provisions enacted in the Welfare Reform Act 2012, in future, Pension Credit and Housing Benefit for pensioners will not be available to couples before both partners have reached State Pension age. These changes will take effect from 15 May 2019.</p><p>Information on the characteristics of the estimated number of future mixed age couples who may be affected by the forthcoming changes to be introduced on 15 May 2019 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 2019-03-05T16:58:18.967Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-05T16:58:18.967Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-09-25more like thismore than 2019-09-25
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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 Occupational Pensions: Airdrie and Shotts more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people in Airdrie and Shotts constituency have (a) opted out after being auto-enrolled into a workplace pension and (b) saved more than the auto-enrolment minimum contribution. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Airdrie and Shotts more like this
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Neil Gray remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-01more like thismore than 2019-10-01
star this property answer text <p>Automatic enrolment has achieved a quiet revolution through getting employees into the habit of pension saving, and reversing the decline in workplace pension participation in the decade prior to these reforms. Since automatic enrolment started in 2012 participation rates have been transformed with 87% of eligible employees saving into a workplace pension in 2018, up from 55% in 2012.</p><p> </p><p>The Department does not hold data for individual constituencies in relation to opt outs or the number of individuals who have saved above the automatic enrolment minimum contribution level. However, we do know that overall around 9% of automatically enrolled workers have chosen to opt out which is significantly below original estimates, and our latest evaluation report shows that in April 2017, approximately 5.9 million eligible employees were already meeting the April 2019 minimum contribution rates.</p><p> </p><p>In the Airdrie and Shotts constituency, from 2012 to August 2019, approximately 8,000 eligible jobholders have been automatically enrolled and 960 employers have met their duties.</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 2019-10-01T15:02:43.83Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-01T15:02:43.83Z
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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 Neil Gray more like this