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star this property date less than 2015-06-10more like thismore than 2015-06-10
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Fuel Direct Scheme more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the affordability of a standard Fuel Direct rate of £3.70 for direct payments for arrears on fuel bills; and whether in setting that rate they considered (1) allowing some customers to pay a lower rate of direct deduction, and (2) allowing customers to pay by Fuel Direct for ongoing bills when they are not in arrears. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL394 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>Third Party Deduction is a long standing scheme of last resort where all other means of budgeting have been exhausted. Where the Secretary of State decides that it is in the claimant’s best interests to order repayment of the arrears he can do so. The scheme was introduced in the 1970’s to protect the vulnerable and their family, whilst not adding to their financial burden.</p><p> </p><p>Fuel Direct is set in legislation at 5% of their Personal Allowance, which is a fixed deduction of £3.70 for each element of fuel debt. This is considered to be the most appropriate level of repayment in order to clear the fuel debt arrears and to prevent enforcement action.</p><p> </p><p>Each year the amount of Third Party Deduction is re-assessed as part of The Social Security Up-rating Order.</p><p> </p><p>Once the arrears have been paid a person will usually be taken off the Fuel Direct scheme. In exceptional circumstances a person may be allowed to remain on the Fuel Direct scheme to help ensure that they don’t get into debt again.</p><p> </p><p>However Fuel Direct is not intended as a budgeting aid and the Governments main objective is to help people into employment, whilst encouraging them to be responsible for their own financial affairs, whether they are on benefit or not.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2015-06-18T14:39:18.987Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-18T14:39:18.987Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-11more like thismore than 2015-06-11
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Prescribed Industrial Diseases more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims they have received for Prescribed Disease C3b in the last 10 years; and of these, how many were allowed. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL419 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The information as requested is not available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2015-06-18T13:40:56.02Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
381048
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star this property date less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Mesothelioma: Compensation more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of (1) the number of people who have received compensation under the terms of the Mesothelioma Act 2014 since the Act came into effect, and (2) the number of people projected to receive compensation in each of the next three years. more like this
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Lord Wills more like this
star this property uin HL496 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-23more like thismore than 2015-06-23
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The information requested is available from the attached Impact Assessment for the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme which was published in March 2014 and sets out the anticipated levels of claims over the first 10 years of the scheme.</p><p> </p><p>The scheme has now been running since April 2014 with payments being made from July 2014. We will publish statistics on the number of claims made in 2014/15 in due course, and consider a review of the estimates made in the Impact Assessment in light of this data.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2015-06-23T16:07:28.903Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-23T16:07:28.903Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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star this property file name mesothelioma-payment-scheme-ia-mar-2014.pdf more like this
star this property title Impact Assessment for Mesothelioma Payment Scheme more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Wills more like this
384513
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Employment: Disability more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people they expect to find jobs as a result of the Disability Confident campaign. more like this
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
star this property uin HL724 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-07-06more like thismore than 2015-07-06
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The Disability Confident campaign makes the business case for recruiting and retaining more disabled people and aims to increase the number of employers taking positive action to be more disability confident. We are not able to measure the number of disabled people moving into employment as a direct result of it, but the campaign is an important contributor towards our commitment to halve the gap between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2015-07-06T12:00:19.73Zmore like thismore than 2015-07-06T12:00:19.73Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Personal Independence Payment more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent High Court ruling regarding delays in Personal Independence Payments. more like this
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
star this property uin HL725 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-30more like thismore than 2015-06-30
unstar this property answer text <p>The Court rejected two of the three legal grounds brought by the claimants, finding that their human rights had not been breached and not awarding damages.</p><p> </p><p>Where the Court found that the historic delay for the two claimants was unlawful, they also ruled that they are not “test cases” and it would be inappropriate to make wider findings.</p><p> </p><p>The Court accepted that the Government had made significant improvements to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) process and there are now no inherent failings in the system.</p><p> </p><p>As a result of these improvements, the average time taken for a claimant to be assessed by an assessment provider has fallen by more than three quarters since June 2014. In April 2015, the average new claimant was waiting 5 weeks for their PIP assessment – well within the 16 week target set by the Secretary of State.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2015-06-30T15:50:02.813Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-30T15:50:02.813Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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4303
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
385303
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star this property date less than 2015-06-24more like thismore than 2015-06-24
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Pension Funds more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 7 January (HL Deb, col 432), when they plan to consult on improving transparency for pension savers regarding where their money is invested and how rights attached to it are being exercised; and when they plan to consider how secondary legislation could be used to ensure greater transparency for pension savers. more like this
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Lord Harrison more like this
star this property uin HL786 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-07-06more like thismore than 2015-07-06
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The Government is committed to ensuring greater transparency for pension savers.</p><p> </p><p>From April this year, workplace schemes are required to report on the value delivered by costs and charges in their scheme for the first time. Building on this, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Financial Conduct Authority ran a joint Call for Evidence ‘Transaction Cost Disclosure: Improving Transparency in Workplace Pensions’, considering how transaction costs could be disclosed in a standardised way. This is the first phase of work required to meet duties under Section 44 of the Pensions Act 2014 to require transaction costs to be disclosed to members and others; and transaction costs and administration charges to be published. The Government is currently considering responses to the Call for Evidence.</p><p> </p><p>Transparency is not just about costs and charges. Earlier this year the Government consulted on changes to the Occupational Pension Schemes Investment Regulations requiring trustees to report how they take financial and non-financial factors into account when investing, and their schemes stewardship policy. The Government is currently considering responses to the consultation.</p><p> </p><p>The Government intends to consult on any secondary legislation required following these exercises later this year, and will consider what further proposals may be needed to ensure greater transparency for pension savers including consideration both of its duties under the Pensions Act 2014 and the remarks made in debates on 7 January.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-07-06T12:06:11.487Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-08more like thismore than 2015-06-08
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Sudan: Christianity more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Sudan about the arrest of two Christian pastors from South Sudan. more like this
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Baroness Cox more like this
star this property uin HL315 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>Our Ambassador in Khartoum raised the cases of Reverend Yat Michael and Reverend Peter Reith with the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in March. In addition, officials at our Embassy in Khartoum are in close contact with the legal team working on behalf of the two pastors and are co-ordinating with other Embassies in Khartoum to ensure the international community is represented at the ongoing legal proceedings.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T10:37:37.627Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T10:37:37.627Z
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3474
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Cox more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-08more like thismore than 2015-06-08
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Gaza more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 2 June (HL10), what is their assessment of the cause of the conflict in Gaza, and in particular the effect of Israel's military occupation; and what improvements in living standards have been delivered to the people of Gaza following Israel’s lifting of certain restrictions. more like this
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Baroness Tonge more like this
star this property uin HL347 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The underlying causes of the conflict in Gaza are rocket fire and other attacks against Israel from Hamas and other militant groups; Israeli restrictions on movement and access; and the lack of progress made by the Palestinian Authority in returning to Gaza to restore effective and accountable governance. Israeli restrictions damage the economy and living standards of ordinary people in Gaza. Israel’s lifting of certain restrictions has resulted in some limited improvements in living standards in Gaza compared to the situation in the immediate aftermath of last summer’s conflict. The water supply has been doubled, more agricultural produce is leaving Gaza for export to Israel or transfer to the West Bank, and the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism is facilitating repairs. However, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs assesses that the humanitarian situation in Gaza remains dire. We are continuing to call on Israel to ease movement and access restrictions further.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T10:38:56.22Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T10:38:56.22Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-06-09more like thismore than 2015-06-09
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Eritrea: Human Rights more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea accusing Eritrea of crimes against humanity. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL358 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government note the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea published on 8 June. We are carefully reviewing their findings and look forward to discussion of the report at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 23 June. We are disappointed the Commission has not been granted access to Eritrea. We continue to call on the Government of Eritrea to honour its international human rights obligations and cooperate fully with the whole UN human rights system, including the Commission.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T10:42:22.573Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T10:42:22.573Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
349144
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star this property date less than 2015-06-09more like thismore than 2015-06-09
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Eritrea: Human Rights more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to press the United Nations Security Council to refer Eritrea to the International Criminal Court, in the light of the report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL360 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The UN Commission of Inquiry Report on Human Rights in Eritrea does not recommend referral of Eritrea to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Report recommends that the international community continues to engage closely on the human rights situation in Eritrea, including on countering irregular migration, human smuggling and trafficking. The UK is already fully engaged on this through the African Union-EU ‘Khartoum Process’. The UK will also continue to press Eritrea to improve its human rights record through a range of channels including via the UN Human Rights Council and Special Rapporteur, EU Article 8 Dialogue, and through regular bilateral diplomacy.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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less than 2015-06-22T15:23:27.503Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-22T15:23:27.503Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Anelay of St Johns more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this