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registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-01-13more like thismore than 2020-01-13
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit: Deductions more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, under Universal Credit to stop the automatic deduction of a claimant’s debts from the standard rate of Universal Credit if creditors have agreed a reduction in the rate of repayment. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
uin HL354 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-22more like thismore than 2020-01-22
answer text <p>The Department’s deductions policy strikes a fair balance between a claimant’s need to meet their obligations and their ability to ensure they can meet their day-to-day needs. From October 2019, Universal Credit deductions have been reduced to 30% of a claimant’s standard allowance down from 40% to better achieve these objectives.</p><p> </p><p>Creditors can request debts to be collected through Universal Credit, typically where other repayment methods have been unsuccessful. We are led by the creditor, and at any time any creditor could inform us they wish to take back responsibility for collecting the debt from Universal Credit - such requests would trigger an end to deductions as soon as possible. The rate at which repayments are recovered from Universal Credit are set out in Schedule 6 to the Social Security Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance (Claims and Payments) Regulations 2013 – SI 2013/380.</p><p> </p><p>For any of the deductions laid out in the regulations, creditors can approach Universal Credit directly and typically there is no requirement for them to proactively get the claimant’s consent. Any requests for deductions are considered by the Department on an individual basis.</p><p> </p><p>Where recovery relates to benefit overpayments, this is managed in a sensitive way. Maximum deduction rates are set out in legislation (Regulation 11 of the Social Security (Overpayments and Recovery) Regulations 2013) and where a claimant cannot afford the proposed rate of recovery they can contact the Department’s Debt Management team so this can be reviewed. If a reduction in the repayment rate is agreed, we will implement it quickly so that payments are adjusted accordingly.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is always developing our understanding on the impact deductions can have on claimants, and has heard evidence from external organisations on this issue. Ultimately, we have to balance these impacts with the need for claimants to meet their obligations.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-22T12:54:57.827Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-22T12:54:57.827Z
answering member
4174
label Biography information for Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
tabling member
3785
label Biography information for Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
1169247
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Children: Disadvantaged more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prevent any increase in childhood deprivation. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Bird more like this
uin HL103 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-15more like thismore than 2020-01-15
answer text <p>The Government is committed to delivering a sustainable, long-term solution to poverty in all its forms. This requires an approach that goes beyond a focus on income and tackles the root causes of poverty and disadvantage, to improve long-term outcomes for families and children.</p><p>The evidence is clear about the importance of work, in particular full time work, in tackling child poverty and improving children’s educational outcomes. The absolute poverty rate (BHC) of a child, where both parents work full-time is only 4%, compared to 44% where one or more parents are in part-time work. Universal Credit helps by incentivising entry into work, offering smooth incentives to increase hours. We will therefore continue with our reforms to the welfare system so that it works with the tax system and the labour market to support employment and higher pay.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-15T14:59:37.75Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-15T14:59:37.75Z
answering member
4174
label Biography information for Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
tabling member
4564
label Biography information for Lord Bird more like this
1169309
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Employment: Disability more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of job outcomes for disabled people that can be definitively attributed to the Disability Confident Scheme; and what methodology they used to support that estimate. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Shinkwin more like this
uin HL165 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-14more like thismore than 2020-01-14
answer text <p>The analysis and recommendations in ‘A Response to the UK Government's reforms of Disability Confident level 3’ are a useful contribution to the debate about the future policy development of Disability Confident. On 6 January 2020, Department for Work and Pensions officials met with the authors, Kim Hoque and Nick Bacon, and Philip Connolly of the Leonard Cheshire organisation, to discuss the report.</p><p> </p><p>In November 2018, we published the results of survey research commissioned from Ipsos MORI, which explored the effect that signing up to the Disability Confident scheme had on recruitment and retention attitudes towards disabled people. Half of all employers interviewed for the study said they had recruited at least one person with a disability, long-term health or mental health condition as a result of joining the scheme. Among larger employers, nearly two thirds reported the same. It was not technically possible to compare employers who are signed up to Disability Confident with other employers not signed up to the scheme but otherwise similar in every way.</p><p> </p><p>As at 31 December 2019, over 15,000 employers had signed up to Disability Confident. We are not able to accurately estimate the total workforce currently working for Disability Confident organisations.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
grouped question UIN
HL166 more like this
HL167 more like this
HL170 more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-14T15:04:06.863Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-14T15:04:06.863Z
answering member
4174
label Biography information for Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
tabling member
4557
label Biography information for Lord Shinkwin more like this
1169310
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Employment: Disability more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of (1) total employers, and (2) the total workforce, in the UK who fall within the Disability Confident Scheme. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Shinkwin more like this
uin HL166 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-14more like thismore than 2020-01-14
answer text <p>The analysis and recommendations in ‘A Response to the UK Government's reforms of Disability Confident level 3’ are a useful contribution to the debate about the future policy development of Disability Confident. On 6 January 2020, Department for Work and Pensions officials met with the authors, Kim Hoque and Nick Bacon, and Philip Connolly of the Leonard Cheshire organisation, to discuss the report.</p><p> </p><p>In November 2018, we published the results of survey research commissioned from Ipsos MORI, which explored the effect that signing up to the Disability Confident scheme had on recruitment and retention attitudes towards disabled people. Half of all employers interviewed for the study said they had recruited at least one person with a disability, long-term health or mental health condition as a result of joining the scheme. Among larger employers, nearly two thirds reported the same. It was not technically possible to compare employers who are signed up to Disability Confident with other employers not signed up to the scheme but otherwise similar in every way.</p><p> </p><p>As at 31 December 2019, over 15,000 employers had signed up to Disability Confident. We are not able to accurately estimate the total workforce currently working for Disability Confident organisations.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
grouped question UIN
HL165 more like this
HL167 more like this
HL170 more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-14T15:04:06.91Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-14T15:04:06.91Z
answering member
4174
label Biography information for Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
tabling member
4557
label Biography information for Lord Shinkwin more like this
1169311
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Employment: Disability more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence there is that organisations signed up to the Disability Confident Scheme (1) are more inclusive of disabled employees and jobseekers, and (2) employ disabled people in larger numbers, than employers who have not signed up to that scheme. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Shinkwin more like this
uin HL167 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-14more like thismore than 2020-01-14
answer text <p>The analysis and recommendations in ‘A Response to the UK Government's reforms of Disability Confident level 3’ are a useful contribution to the debate about the future policy development of Disability Confident. On 6 January 2020, Department for Work and Pensions officials met with the authors, Kim Hoque and Nick Bacon, and Philip Connolly of the Leonard Cheshire organisation, to discuss the report.</p><p> </p><p>In November 2018, we published the results of survey research commissioned from Ipsos MORI, which explored the effect that signing up to the Disability Confident scheme had on recruitment and retention attitudes towards disabled people. Half of all employers interviewed for the study said they had recruited at least one person with a disability, long-term health or mental health condition as a result of joining the scheme. Among larger employers, nearly two thirds reported the same. It was not technically possible to compare employers who are signed up to Disability Confident with other employers not signed up to the scheme but otherwise similar in every way.</p><p> </p><p>As at 31 December 2019, over 15,000 employers had signed up to Disability Confident. We are not able to accurately estimate the total workforce currently working for Disability Confident organisations.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
grouped question UIN
HL165 more like this
HL166 more like this
HL170 more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-14T15:04:06.94Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-14T15:04:06.94Z
answering member
4174
label Biography information for Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
tabling member
4557
label Biography information for Lord Shinkwin more like this
1169314
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Employment: Disability more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the briefing by Kim Hoque and Nick Bacon Response to the UK Government's reforms of Disability Confident level 3, published in November 2019. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Shinkwin more like this
uin HL170 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-14more like thismore than 2020-01-14
answer text <p>The analysis and recommendations in ‘A Response to the UK Government's reforms of Disability Confident level 3’ are a useful contribution to the debate about the future policy development of Disability Confident. On 6 January 2020, Department for Work and Pensions officials met with the authors, Kim Hoque and Nick Bacon, and Philip Connolly of the Leonard Cheshire organisation, to discuss the report.</p><p> </p><p>In November 2018, we published the results of survey research commissioned from Ipsos MORI, which explored the effect that signing up to the Disability Confident scheme had on recruitment and retention attitudes towards disabled people. Half of all employers interviewed for the study said they had recruited at least one person with a disability, long-term health or mental health condition as a result of joining the scheme. Among larger employers, nearly two thirds reported the same. It was not technically possible to compare employers who are signed up to Disability Confident with other employers not signed up to the scheme but otherwise similar in every way.</p><p> </p><p>As at 31 December 2019, over 15,000 employers had signed up to Disability Confident. We are not able to accurately estimate the total workforce currently working for Disability Confident organisations.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
grouped question UIN
HL165 more like this
HL166 more like this
HL167 more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-14T15:04:06.973Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-14T15:04:06.973Z
answering member
4174
label Biography information for Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
tabling member
4557
label Biography information for Lord Shinkwin more like this
1168598
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-12-19more like thismore than 2019-12-19
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how many claimants have been moved on to Universal Credit under the managed migration pilot being undertaken in Harrogate. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
uin HL56 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-13more like thismore than 2020-01-13
answer text <p>The Universal Credit (Managed Migration Pilot and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2019 allow the Department to pilot moving no more than 10,000 claimants across to Universal Credit from legacy benefits and is expected to last until November 2020.</p><p> </p><p>The Move to Universal Credit pilot commenced, as scheduled, in the area served by Harrogate Jobcentre in July 2019. The goal of the pilot is to learn as much as possible about how to safely move people from legacy benefits onto Universal Credit. As a result, we will increase numbers as slowly and gradually as necessary.</p><p> </p><p>We are adapting the design of this service and its processes frequently to ensure we provide the best possible support to those claimants who move to Universal Credit from their legacy benefit claims.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has already committed to updating Parliament and stakeholders on progress. We expect to provide our first update in the Spring. We will also set out an evaluation strategy, developed in consultation with stakeholders, before coming to Parliament in the Autumn with the findings and our proposals for the next phase of the delivery of Universal Credit.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-13T13:23:54.333Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-13T13:23:54.333Z
answering member
4174
label Biography information for Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
tabling member
4234
label Biography information for Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
1168620
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-12-19more like thismore than 2019-12-19
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Employment: Disability more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make the framework for voluntary reporting on disability, mental health and wellbeing a mandatory requirement for Disability Confident Leaders. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Shinkwin more like this
uin HL78 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
answer text <p>We announced on 2 November that new Disability Confident (DC) Leaders (Level 3) and Disability Confident Leaders applying for re-accreditation will need to use the voluntary reporting framework (VRF) to publicly report on disability employment. A copy of which is attached. Although there is flexibility in how employers can use the VRF, we expect that most DC Leaders would choose to combine it with their annual report and accounts.</p><p> </p><p>We developed the voluntary reporting framework with a group of employers and disability stakeholders. It is deliberately designed to be flexible, recognising that different employers start in different places. It does not require reporting on pay and we have no current plans to require pay reporting.</p><p> </p><p>Disability Confident leaders are now required to publicly report using the voluntary reporting framework and one of the measures the framework encourages is the number of disabled people employed.</p><p> </p><p>The definition of disability in the voluntary reporting framework is self-declared, asking employees if they ‘consider’ themselves to have a disability. The framework is both voluntary and flexible, designed based on feedback from employers and other stakeholders. If we choose to go further in future, we will look at the case for alignment with the definition of disability in the Equality Act 2010.</p><p>We are committed to reducing the disability employment gap, and will report on progress regularly. We will consider the case for a target as part of our work on the new National Disability Strategy which we have committed to publish by the end of 2020.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
grouped question UIN
HL79 more like this
HL80 more like this
HL81 more like this
HL82 more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-07T12:53:27.527Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-07T12:53:27.527Z
answering member
4174
label Biography information for Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
attachment
1
file name voluntary-reporting-on-disability-mental-health-and-wellbeing.pdf more like this
title Voluntary Reporting Framework more like this
tabling member
4557
label Biography information for Lord Shinkwin more like this
1168621
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-12-19more like thismore than 2019-12-19
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Employment: Disability more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to extend the voluntary reporting on disability, mental health and wellbeing framework to include the number or proportion of disabled employees in each pay quartile. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Shinkwin more like this
uin HL79 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
answer text <p>We announced on 2 November that new Disability Confident (DC) Leaders (Level 3) and Disability Confident Leaders applying for re-accreditation will need to use the voluntary reporting framework (VRF) to publicly report on disability employment. A copy of which is attached. Although there is flexibility in how employers can use the VRF, we expect that most DC Leaders would choose to combine it with their annual report and accounts.</p><p> </p><p>We developed the voluntary reporting framework with a group of employers and disability stakeholders. It is deliberately designed to be flexible, recognising that different employers start in different places. It does not require reporting on pay and we have no current plans to require pay reporting.</p><p> </p><p>Disability Confident leaders are now required to publicly report using the voluntary reporting framework and one of the measures the framework encourages is the number of disabled people employed.</p><p> </p><p>The definition of disability in the voluntary reporting framework is self-declared, asking employees if they ‘consider’ themselves to have a disability. The framework is both voluntary and flexible, designed based on feedback from employers and other stakeholders. If we choose to go further in future, we will look at the case for alignment with the definition of disability in the Equality Act 2010.</p><p>We are committed to reducing the disability employment gap, and will report on progress regularly. We will consider the case for a target as part of our work on the new National Disability Strategy which we have committed to publish by the end of 2020.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
grouped question UIN
HL78 more like this
HL80 more like this
HL81 more like this
HL82 more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-07T12:53:27.573Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-07T12:53:27.573Z
answering member
4174
label Biography information for Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
attachment
1
file name voluntary-reporting-on-disability-mental-health-and-wellbeing.pdf more like this
title Voluntary Reporting Framework more like this
tabling member
4557
label Biography information for Lord Shinkwin more like this
1168622
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-12-19more like thismore than 2019-12-19
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Employment: Disability more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
25277
pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to require large employers to publish data on the (1) number, and (2) pay, of disabled employees. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Shinkwin more like this
uin HL80 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
answer text <p>We announced on 2 November that new Disability Confident (DC) Leaders (Level 3) and Disability Confident Leaders applying for re-accreditation will need to use the voluntary reporting framework (VRF) to publicly report on disability employment. A copy of which is attached. Although there is flexibility in how employers can use the VRF, we expect that most DC Leaders would choose to combine it with their annual report and accounts.</p><p> </p><p>We developed the voluntary reporting framework with a group of employers and disability stakeholders. It is deliberately designed to be flexible, recognising that different employers start in different places. It does not require reporting on pay and we have no current plans to require pay reporting.</p><p> </p><p>Disability Confident leaders are now required to publicly report using the voluntary reporting framework and one of the measures the framework encourages is the number of disabled people employed.</p><p> </p><p>The definition of disability in the voluntary reporting framework is self-declared, asking employees if they ‘consider’ themselves to have a disability. The framework is both voluntary and flexible, designed based on feedback from employers and other stakeholders. If we choose to go further in future, we will look at the case for alignment with the definition of disability in the Equality Act 2010.</p><p>We are committed to reducing the disability employment gap, and will report on progress regularly. We will consider the case for a target as part of our work on the new National Disability Strategy which we have committed to publish by the end of 2020.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
grouped question UIN
HL78 more like this
HL79 more like this
HL81 more like this
HL82 more like this
question first answered
less than 2020-01-07T12:53:27.61Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-07T12:53:27.61Z
answering member
4174
label Biography information for Baroness Stedman-Scott more like this
attachment
1
file name voluntary-reporting-on-disability-mental-health-and-wellbeing.pdf more like this
title Voluntary Reporting Framework more like this
tabling member
4557
label Biography information for Lord Shinkwin more like this