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registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-05-13more like thismore than 2019-05-13
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 Working Links: Insolvency 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 impact of Working Links going into administration on the charities to which it owed money. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hogan-Howe more like this
uin HL15670 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-28more like thismore than 2019-05-28
answer text <p>The Department considered the impact on stakeholders and sub-contractors, based on the Administrator’s statement of affairs at the point of Working Links going into administration, and has worked with both the Administrator and Fedcap, who have taken over a number of Working Links contracts, to minimise the impact on those supply chain partners owed monies by Working Links at the point of administration.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-28T14:19:29.63Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-28T14:19:29.63Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
4693
label Biography information for Lord Hogan-Howe more like this
1127016
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
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 applicants for Universal Credit have made their application by means other than the online application system since its introduction; and what are the available methods for doing so. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Sherlock more like this
uin HL15777 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-29more like thismore than 2019-05-29
answer text <p>The Universal Credit Full Service Claimant Survey found that 98 per cent of claimants claimed online.</p><p> </p><p>For those claimants who are unable to access or use our digital services, assistance to make and maintain their claim is available via the Freephone Universal Credit helpline. Face-to-face support is also available in Jobcentres. In exceptional circumstances, a home visit can be arranged to support a claimant in making and maintaining their claim.</p><p> </p><p>Furthermore, the Citizens Advice Help to Claim service offers tailored, practical support to help people make a Universal Credit claim and receive their first full correct payment on time. It is available online, over the phone and face to face through local Citizens Advice services across Great Britain.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-29T13:36:32.907Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-29T13:36:32.907Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
4147
label Biography information for Baroness Sherlock more like this
1127259
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-05-16more like thismore than 2019-05-16
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 Office for Disability Issues: Staff 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 people are currenty employed directly by the Office for Disability Issues; and how many people were employed by the Office for Disability Issues at the end of each calendar year since its inception in 2005. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Shinkwin more like this
uin HL15812 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-30more like thismore than 2019-05-30
answer text <p>On 9 May 2019 the current number of staff in Office for Disability Issues is 16.</p><p>The numbers of staff in preceding years was;</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>1 Jan 2019</p></td><td><p>15</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>1 Jan 2018</p></td><td><p>11.5</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>1 Jan 2017</p></td><td><p>13.65</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>1 Jan 2016</p></td><td><p>20.4</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Information not available between April 2012 to December 2015 as the ODI data was subsumed into that of a larger team.</p><p> </p><p>For 2010 to 2012 figures are available for end of financial year only</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>March 2012</p></td><td><p>29</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>March 2011</p></td><td><p>42</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>March 2010</p></td><td><p>48</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Prior to March 2010 no information is available due to the ODI data being subsumed into that of a larger team.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-30T12:50:52.57Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-30T12:50:52.57Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
4557
label Biography information for Lord Shinkwin more like this
1127260
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-05-16more like thismore than 2019-05-16
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, further to their command paper Improving Lives: The Future of Work, Health and Disability, Cm 9526, published November 2017, what progress they have made on the commitment to establish a voluntary reporting framework; which data sets employers are reporting; and how many employers have adopted this reporting framework. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Shinkwin more like this
uin HL15813 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-05-30more like thismore than 2019-05-30
answer text <p>We have worked with large employers and expert partners to develop a voluntary reporting framework to support organisations to record and voluntarily report information on disability, mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. This framework was published on 22<sup>nd</sup> November 2018 and is aimed at large employers with 250 or more employees. The framework encourages employers to report what steps they are taking to support their disabled employees and employee health and wellbeing as well as the percentage of individuals within their organisation with a disability or a long-term physical or mental health condition. Government are working with partners to actively promote the framework and to monitor and review its effectiveness.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-05-30T12:51:49.317Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-30T12:51:49.317Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
4557
label Biography information for Lord Shinkwin more like this
1127442
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
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 Poverty: Children 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, further to the Written Answer by Lord Agnew of Oulton on 16 May (HL15606), whether they will now answer the question put. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Primarolo more like this
uin HL15853 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
answer text <p>The information on numbers of children entering and exiting poverty is not available. However, figures for percentages of children moving in and out of poverty are collected in the Income Dynamics publication. These are available in Table 8.1, and in the table below:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>2010-2011 to 2011-2012</p></td><td><p>2011-2012 to 2012-2013</p></td><td><p>2012-2013 to 2013-2014</p></td><td><p>2013-2014 to 2014-2015</p></td><td><p>2014-2015 to 2015-2016</p></td><td><p>2015-2016 to 2016-2017</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>% children entering poverty</strong></p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>7</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>% children exiting poverty</strong></p></td><td><p>34</p></td><td><p>35</p></td><td><p>37</p></td><td><p>33</p></td><td><p>33</p></td><td><p>35</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The percentage of children entering poverty is the percentage of only those children who were <em>not in poverty</em> in the earlier year but who were in poverty the following year. The percentage of children exiting poverty is the percentage of only those children who were <em>in poverty </em>in the earlier year but who were out of poverty the following year. Entry and exit rates are very different (since entry / exit rates are expressed as a percentage of only those not previously in poverty / previously in poverty respectively).</p><p /><p>The threshold used is 60 per cent of median equivalised household income Before Housing Costs (BHC). Since household incomes are subject to measurement error, and the threshold is subject to sampling and measurement error, the analysis only includes ‘clear’ transitions. For an entry/exit to count, household incomes must cross the 60 per cent of median income threshold and be at least 10 per cent higher / lower than the threshold in the following year.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-04T16:27:01.013Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-04T16:27:01.013Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
217
label Biography information for Baroness Primarolo more like this
1127991
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
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 Occupational Money Purchase Schemes 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 when they plan to bring forward legislation to introduce collective defined contribution pension schemes in the UK. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hain more like this
uin HL15876 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
answer text <p>This Government has recently published a response to a Collective Defined Contribution schemes consultation setting out its plans, and has engaged extensively with key stakeholders.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-05T15:16:53.94Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-05T15:16:53.94Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
567
label Biography information for Lord Hain more like this
1128083
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-05-22more like thismore than 2019-05-22
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 Equality 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, further to the answer by Baroness Buscombe on 21 May (HL Deb, col 1858), on what evidence they base their statement that “inequality has fallen”; and whether they will publish that evidence. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Primarolo more like this
uin HL15932 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-06more like thismore than 2019-06-06
answer text <p>National statistics on income inequality are published annually in the “Households Below Average Income” publication using the Gini coefficient. The Gini coefficient is an international standard technical measure of how incomes are distributed across all individuals. It ranges from 0% (when everyone has identical incomes) to 100% (when all income goes to only one person).</p><p> </p><p>From 2009/10 to 2017/18 income inequality, measured using the before housing cost Gini coefficient, has fallen by 2 percentage points. See the table below for the annual statistics from 2009/10 to 2017/18.</p><p> </p><p>This data is published annually on the “Households Below Average Income” website on gov.uk.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>Income inequality (Gini Coefficient. %)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009/10</p></td><td><p>36</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>34</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>34</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>34</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>34</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014/15</p></td><td><p>34</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015/16</p></td><td><p>35</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016/17</p></td><td><p>34</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017/18</p></td><td><p>34</p></td></tr></tbody></table>
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-06T16:33:04.547Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-06T16:33:04.547Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
217
label Biography information for Baroness Primarolo more like this
1128073
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-05-22more like thismore than 2019-05-22
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 what assessment they have made of the recommendations to improve information provision for Universal Credit claimants in the report by the Child Poverty Action Group Computer says ‘No!' Stage one: information provision, published in May. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
uin HL15922 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-06more like thismore than 2019-06-06
answer text <p>Universal Credit is designed to react and respond quickly to feedback from our stakeholders and claimants to improve the service we offer. This means that any report based on a view of the service at a given date may well be inaccurate only a short period afterwards.</p><p> </p><p>This is the case with this Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) report. The report does not take into account recent changes to the Universal Credit Statement which ensures that claimants receive detailed information about any deductions which have been made to their Universal Credit award, including a clear breakdown of what each deduction is for. Consequently, the Department has written to CPAG about the report, outlining the up to date position on these issues and inviting CPAG and his Honour Judge Sir Stephen Sedley, who wrote the report’s foreword, to meet to discuss these matters.</p><p> </p><p>The Department will continue to make improvements to Universal Credit to ensure that we provide claimants with the information they need to understand their Universal Credit award.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-06T13:50:42.49Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-06T13:50:42.49Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
4234
label Biography information for Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
1129551
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
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 Arcadia Group: Pensions 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 whether Ministers or officials have (1) written to, (2) had any meetings with, or (3) communicated in other forms with, Sir Philip Green, Lady Christina Green or the Pensions Regulator in connection with the Arcadia Group Pension Scheme. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Myners more like this
uin HL16036 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
answer text <p>Neither Ministers nor officials have written to, had meetings with, or communicated in other forms with Sir Philip Green or Lady Christina Green.</p><p> </p><p>Ministers and officials have quarterly meetings with the Pensions Regulator, but not specifically concerning Sir Philip Green or the Arcadia Group. This is because the Pensions Regulator is an independent body, and as such the Government cannot intervene or influence its actions. The Regulator also keeps DWP officials informed about its work in monitoring pension schemes.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-18T15:51:18.26Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T15:51:18.26Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
3869
label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
1129515
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
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 Occupational Money Purchase Schemes 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 whether they intend to legislate to introduce collective defined contribution schemes by the end of 2019. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hain more like this
uin HL16000 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
answer text <p>This Government has recently published a response to a Collective Defined Contribution schemes consultation setting out its plans, and has engaged extensively with key stakeholders.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-18T15:52:00.407Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T15:52:00.407Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
567
label Biography information for Lord Hain more like this
1130233
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
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 Occupational Money Purchase Schemes 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, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 5 June (HL15876), whether they intend to legislate to introduce collective defined contribution schemes by the end of 2019. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hain more like this
uin HL16094 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
answer text <p>I refer the Noble Lord to my previous responses. The Government will bring forward legislation as soon as parliamentary time allows.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-19T15:47:35.527Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T15:47:35.527Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
567
label Biography information for Lord Hain more like this
1130234
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
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 Poverty 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 when they last discussed (1) low and insecure incomes, (2) issues emerging from the rollout of Universal Credit, and (3) increased demand for food banks, with representatives of the relevant voluntary agencies; and what was the outcome of those discussions. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hylton more like this
uin HL16095 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
answer text <p>Ministers and officials have regular meetings with key stakeholders to discuss a diverse range of issues that fall within the Department’s remit and impact on the lives of claimants. Many of these contacts occur at a local level between Jobcentres and external stakeholders which serve or represent their local communities, and such contacts are not recorded centrally, and to provide this information would incur disproportionate cost to the Department.</p><p> </p><p>Universal Credit is designed to react and respond quickly to feedback from our stakeholders and claimants to improve the service we offer; ensuring welfare payments reach those who need them most, and effectively supporting those with insecure or fluctuating incomes. At a national level we meet regularly with stakeholders, partners and third party organisations to discuss Universal Credit and invite views and collaboration, for example, on the design of the processes for moving people onto Universal Credit. This includes identifying and tackling barriers and concerns.</p><p> </p><p>Furthermore, the Government is committed to building an economy that works for everyone. Through the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and the National Living Wage (NLW) the Government protects the lowest paid within our society.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-19T11:32:43.13Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T11:32:43.13Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
2018
label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
1130235
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
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: Repayments 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 case for modifiying the repayment of Universal Credit advance payments in order to take into account individual circumstances such as debts related to (1) utilities, (2) Council Tax, and (3) previous loans. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Hylton more like this
uin HL16096 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
answer text <p>The Department recognises the importance of safeguarding the welfare of claimants who have incurred debt. Universal Credit already has procedures and regulations in place to protect claimants from excessive deductions. The maximum rate of deductions cannot normally exceed 40 per cent of the Universal Credit standard allowance, and from October 2019 this will be reduced to 30 per cent.</p><p> </p><p>The average advance amount for new claims is around £400, which can be repaid over a period of 12 months, at a rate of £33.33 per month. Therefore, in the majority of cases, advance payment recovery is small in comparison to the whole Universal Credit award, with a current average award of £658 per month.</p><p> </p><p>We recognise that exceptional circumstances may occur to claimants that were not foreseen when the advance was taken out. Help is available for those struggling to meet the recovery rate once recovery begins and if the claimant is facing unexpected financial hardship they can ask the Department for a deferral of the repayment of any advance they have taken out. The deferral periods are up to 3 months for a new claim, benefit transfer or change of circumstances advance and up to 6 months for a Budgeting advance.</p><p> </p><p>Where a claimant has a reduction in benefit due to a Fraud Penalty or Conditionally Sanction that equals or exceeds 40% of their Universal Credit standard allowance then no advance repayment will be taken. If there is insufficient Universal Credit in payment due to reductions such as earnings, other income and capital yield to take the full amount of advances repayment, a lesser amount will be taken.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-06-19T11:35:17.333Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T11:35:17.333Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
2018
label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
1130254
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
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 Arcadia Group: Pensions 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 review (1) decisions taken by the trustees of the Arcadia Group Pension Scheme which may have contributed to an aggregate deficit of liabilities over assets of some £700 million, (2) the oversight of the Arcadia Scheme by the Pensions Regulator, and (3) the Pensions Regulator's use of its powers in relation to the Arcadia Scheme. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Myners more like this
uin HL16115 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
answer text <p>The Government cannot intervene with the decisions taken by trustees of pension schemes.</p><p> </p><p>The Pensions Regulator is an independent body, and as such the Government cannot comment on any cases dealt with by the Regulator. Due to this, the Government does not have plans to review the oversight exercised over the Arcadia scheme, or the use of powers in relation to the scheme.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-06-19T15:46:29.593Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T15:46:29.593Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
3869
label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
1131883
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
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 State Retirement Pensions: Greater Manchester 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 pensioners aged 75 and over receive (1) state pension, and (2) pensioner credit, in each of the ten districts of Greater Manchester. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Bradley more like this
uin HL16301 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
answer text <p>In November 2018, the number of pensioners aged 75 and over claiming the State Pension and Pension Credit in the Greater Manchester districts can be found in the table below.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Pension Credit and State Pension Recipients by district</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>State Pension</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Pension Credit</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bolton</p></td><td><p>21,321</p></td><td><p>4,859</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bury</p></td><td><p>15,189</p></td><td><p>2,790</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Manchester</p></td><td><p>21,524</p></td><td><p>8,290</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Oldham</p></td><td><p>16,374</p></td><td><p>3,746</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Rochdale</p></td><td><p>15,231</p></td><td><p>3,798</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Salford</p></td><td><p>16,157</p></td><td><p>4,255</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Stockport</p></td><td><p>27,258</p></td><td><p>4,239</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Tameside</p></td><td><p>17,049</p></td><td><p>3,790</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Trafford</p></td><td><p>19,359</p></td><td><p>3,006</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Wigan</p></td><td><p>26,354</p></td><td><p>5,416</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong> </strong></p>
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-24T15:00:45.117Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T15:00:45.117Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
452
label Biography information for Lord Bradley more like this
1131476
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
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 Arcadia Group: Pensions more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
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pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Pensions Regulator (1) regarded an additional payment into the Arcadia Pension Fund to be an adequate contribution to the deficit, and (2) supported the Company Voluntary Arrangements proposed by Sir Philip and Lady Green; and if so, why. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Myners more like this
uin HL16270 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
answer text <p>The best support for a defined benefit pension scheme is an ongoing trading employer. Working with the shareholders, pension trustees and Pension Protection Fund, The Pensions Regulator were pleased to be able to agree a £310m package of support last week that would provide greater certainty for the Arcadia pension schemes. This comprises security to the value of £210m, together with the £100m in cash from Lady Green. The Pensions Regulator remain satisfied that the arrangement is the right one for members and the Pension Protection Fund in challenging circumstances and is equitable in the context of the wider Company Voluntary Arrangements process.</p><p> </p><p>The Pension Regulator’s goal is to protect the interests of members of the Arcadia schemes as far as possible in these difficult circumstances. A successful outcome will mean ongoing Deficit repair contributions payments from the company, enabling the schemes to become fully funded in due course. Had the Company Voluntary Arrangement votes failed, or if the Company Voluntary Arrangements are successfully challenged, the position of the pension schemes would be/will be much less certain. Deficit repair contributions from Arcadia Group Limited, initially £25m per annum (paid in equal monthly instalments) and escalating in subsequent years, would cease. The amount recovered by the pension schemes would be significantly less in an uncontrolled insolvency than under the terms of the Company Voluntary Arrangement. On this basis The Pensions Regulator supported the Company Voluntary Arrangement.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-24T14:30:41.447Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T14:30:41.447Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
3869
label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
1130843
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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 Arcadia Group: Pensions more like this
house id 2 more like this
legislature
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pref label House of Lords more like this
question text To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Pensions Regulator has allowed the owners of Arcadia Group to phase their contribution to address that company’s pension deficit over a period of time instead of a single up-front payment; whether the Pensions Regulator is using financial advisers to determine whether Arcadia’s business plan will eventually cover the deficit; and if so, who are those advisers. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Myners more like this
uin HL16210 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
answer text <p>The pensions framework established by Parliament in the Pensions Act 2004 sets out that ongoing employers may address the funding of their scheme deficits over a reasonable period of time. This responsibility falls on the company rather than its owners, other than where The Pensions Regulator has used its anti-avoidance powers. This approach of spreading funding of deficits was established to balance the needs of schemes with those of their sponsoring employers.</p><p> </p><p>The Arcadia trustees and the Arcadia group took an approach which was similar to many other schemes and employers in establishing recovery plans to address their schemes’ deficits over a number of years. In response to a request to vary those recovery plan payments, made in conjunction with the Arcadia Group’s Company Voluntary Arrangements proposals, The Pensions Regulator, working alongside the trustees and the Pension Protection Fund, has negotiated robustly to secure an enhanced package of support for the pension schemes in connection with a successful Company Voluntary Arrangement, worth significantly more than would be received if the Company Voluntary Arrangement is not successful and Arcadia Group Ltd becomes insolvent. This represents appropriate protection, in challenging circumstances, and is equitable in the context of the wider Company Voluntary Arrangements process.</p><p> </p><p>In assessing the turnaround plan presented by Arcadia, The Pensions Regulator has been informed by the analysis carried out by professional advisers to the trustees. The Pensions Regulator has considerable expertise in restructuring situations and this includes people in its regulatory teams with a background working in big chartered accountancy firms and restructuring operations in banks.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-24T11:44:23.837Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T11:44:23.837Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
3869
label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
1132639
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
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 whether they intend to start the pilot of Universal Credit managed migration in July; if so, when in July; and what meetings they have held with stakeholders to discuss any such pilot. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
uin HL16417 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
answer text <p>We plan to commence the Move to UC pilot when the necessary preparations are in place, subject to management checks of readiness. Preparations are proceeding to plan.</p><p>Stakeholder engagement has been and continues to be a vital part of the work we are doing on Universal Credit. Since last October we have been working closely with a diverse range of stakeholders to listen to their views and to better understand their concerns, to ensure the widest possible range of insights are played into the design of the process for moving claimants from legacy benefits onto Universal Credit.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-25T13:40:22.313Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-25T13:40:22.313Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
4234
label Biography information for Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
1133455
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
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 Pensioners: Means-tested Benefits 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 percentage of those in receipt of state pensions also receive other means-tested benefits. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Blackstone more like this
uin HL16490 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
answer text <p>In November 2018, 17 per cent of those in receipt of the State Pension were also in receipt of Pension Credit and / or Housing Benefit.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-27T16:07:38.78Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-27T16:07:38.78Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
3561
label Biography information for Baroness Blackstone more like this
1132304
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-14more like thismore than 2019-06-14
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 Families: 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 is the total budget of the Department for Work and Pensions for reducing parental conflict for 2019–20. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Farmer more like this
uin HL16373 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
answer text <p>The Reducing Parental Conflict programme was announced in April 2017 as part of <em>Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families. </em>In the financial years 2017/18 and 2018/19, DWP spent approximately £21m on reducing parental conflict. Forecast spend for 2019/20 is £14.11m.</p><p> </p><p>Prior to 2017, DWP funded services which provided support for couples to improve their relationships, although these contracts were not specifically focused on <em>parental </em>conflict. £25m was spent on relationship support services between April 2014 and March 2017.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
grouped question UIN HL16374 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-27T15:45:50.687Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-27T15:45:50.687Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
4321
label Biography information for Lord Farmer more like this
1132305
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-14more like thismore than 2019-06-14
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 Families: 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 how much they have allocated to reducing parental conflict in the last five years; and how much of that funding they have spent to date. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Farmer more like this
uin HL16374 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
answer text <p>The Reducing Parental Conflict programme was announced in April 2017 as part of <em>Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families. </em>In the financial years 2017/18 and 2018/19, DWP spent approximately £21m on reducing parental conflict. Forecast spend for 2019/20 is £14.11m.</p><p> </p><p>Prior to 2017, DWP funded services which provided support for couples to improve their relationships, although these contracts were not specifically focused on <em>parental </em>conflict. £25m was spent on relationship support services between April 2014 and March 2017.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
grouped question UIN HL16373 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-06-27T15:45:50.653Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-27T15:45:50.653Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
4321
label Biography information for Lord Farmer more like this
1132641
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
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, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Buscombe on 6 June (HL15922), whether the information provided about deductions in the Universal Credit statement includes information about how much debt is left to pay and the recovery rate being applied. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
uin HL16419 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
answer text <p>This information is not currently included on a claimant’s Universal Credit statement.</p><p> </p><p>Under Universal Credit there is a structured and simplified approach to deductions from benefit. Claimants can view their Universal credit statement online to see how their award is calculated and a breakdown of what deductions are being made, supporting them to manage their financial obligations.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-01T14:21:27.88Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T14:21:27.88Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
4234
label Biography information for Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
1133454
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
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 Pension 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 what percentage of those eligible for Pension Credit are taking up that benefit. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Blackstone more like this
uin HL16489 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-03more like thismore than 2019-07-03
answer text <p>Latest National Statistics estimate that 60 per cent of those eligible for Pension Credit are in receipt of it.</p><p><em> </em></p><p>The Government is committed to ensuring that older people receive the support they are entitled to and the DWP targets activity on engaging with people who may be eligible to benefits at pivotal stages, such as when they claim State Pension or report a change in their circumstances. The DWP uses a wide range of channels to communicate information about benefits to potential customers; including information on GOV.UK, in leaflets and by telephone. DWP staff in Pension Centres and Jobcentres including visiting officers are able to provide help and advice about entitlement to benefits, as are staff in Local Authorities who administer Housing Benefit.</p><p> </p><p>Potential claimants can use the Pension Credit toolkit to check if they are likely to be eligible and get an estimate of what they may receive. People wishing to claim Pension Credit can do so by calling 0800 99 1234.</p><p> </p><p>One of the best ways to reach eligible customers is through trusted stakeholder working in the community and we have developed the Pension Credit toolkit, as an on-line tool for agencies and welfare rights organisations to use in order to encourage Pension Credit take-up. It can be found on Gov.UK</p><p> </p><p>The toolkit contains resources for anyone working with pensioners and includes guides to Pension Credit. It also contains publicity material and guidance designed to help older people understand how they could get Pension Credit and help organisations support someone applying for Pension Credit as well as ideas for encouraging take-up. The toolkit also provides links to information about disability and carers benefits.</p><p> </p><p>Most recently we have provided to relevant organisations a fact sheet about Pension Credit and the recent changes for mixed age couples to ensure that accurate information is available in the places where people are most likely to seek information.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
grouped question UIN HL16491 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-03T12:41:23.92Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-03T12:41:23.92Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
3561
label Biography information for Baroness Blackstone more like this
1133456
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
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 Pension 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 what action they are taking to increase the take-up of Pension Credit. more like this
tabling member printed
Baroness Blackstone more like this
uin HL16491 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-03more like thismore than 2019-07-03
answer text <p>Latest National Statistics estimate that 60 per cent of those eligible for Pension Credit are in receipt of it.</p><p><em> </em></p><p>The Government is committed to ensuring that older people receive the support they are entitled to and the DWP targets activity on engaging with people who may be eligible to benefits at pivotal stages, such as when they claim State Pension or report a change in their circumstances. The DWP uses a wide range of channels to communicate information about benefits to potential customers; including information on GOV.UK, in leaflets and by telephone. DWP staff in Pension Centres and Jobcentres including visiting officers are able to provide help and advice about entitlement to benefits, as are staff in Local Authorities who administer Housing Benefit.</p><p> </p><p>Potential claimants can use the Pension Credit toolkit to check if they are likely to be eligible and get an estimate of what they may receive. People wishing to claim Pension Credit can do so by calling 0800 99 1234.</p><p> </p><p>One of the best ways to reach eligible customers is through trusted stakeholder working in the community and we have developed the Pension Credit toolkit, as an on-line tool for agencies and welfare rights organisations to use in order to encourage Pension Credit take-up. It can be found on Gov.UK</p><p> </p><p>The toolkit contains resources for anyone working with pensioners and includes guides to Pension Credit. It also contains publicity material and guidance designed to help older people understand how they could get Pension Credit and help organisations support someone applying for Pension Credit as well as ideas for encouraging take-up. The toolkit also provides links to information about disability and carers benefits.</p><p> </p><p>Most recently we have provided to relevant organisations a fact sheet about Pension Credit and the recent changes for mixed age couples to ensure that accurate information is available in the places where people are most likely to seek information.</p>
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
grouped question UIN HL16489 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-03T12:41:23.97Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-03T12:41:23.97Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
3561
label Biography information for Baroness Blackstone more like this
1133775
registered interest false remove filter
date less than 2019-06-20more like thismore than 2019-06-20
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 Health 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 any lessons to be learnt for improving the environmental, social, economic and cultural well-being of people in all regions of the UK from the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. more like this
tabling member printed
Lord Bird more like this
uin HL16526 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-03more like thismore than 2019-07-03
answer text <p>The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 relates to devolved matters therefore it is for the Welsh Government to consider any lessons learnt in respect of Wales.</p> more like this
answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-03T14:11:59.36Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-03T14:11:59.36Z
answering member
3349
label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
tabling member
4564
label Biography information for Lord Bird more like this