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1139452
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-16more like thismore than 2019-07-16
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 Low Incomes more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she has plans for a hardship fund to help people on the lowest incomes in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. more like this
tabling member constituency Washington and Sunderland West more like this
tabling member printed
Mrs Sharon Hodgson more like this
uin 277684 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-22more like thismore than 2019-08-22
answer text <p>The Government has been clear that leaving the EU with a deal is its preferred option. However, as a responsible government we continue to plan for a range of exit scenarios, including a no-deal. The welfare system provides a strong safety net. A system of hardship payments, benefit advances and budgeting loans will be available for those who need them.</p> more like this
answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-22T12:32:12.223Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-22T12:32:12.223Z
answering member
4105
label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
tabling member
1521
label Biography information for Mrs Sharon Hodgson more like this
1140630
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
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 State Retirement Pensions: Females more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to compensate women born in the 1950s who were adversely affected by changes to the state pension age. more like this
tabling member constituency Coventry South more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
uin 279380 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-12more like thismore than 2019-08-12
answer text <p>Successive Governments have made necessary decisions to equalise and increase the State Pension age. State Pension age reform has focused on maintaining the right balance between sustainability of State Pension, equality and fairness between generations in the face of demographic change.</p><p>Even after equalising women’s State Pension age with men’s, women will spend on average around 2 years more in receipt of their state pension because of their longer life expectancy. If we had not equalised State Pension age, women would be expected to spend on average over 40 per cent of their adult lives in retirement.</p><p> </p><p>During the passage of the 2011 Act, the Government listened to the concerns of those affected and this is why we introduced a concession worth over £1 billion in order to limit the impact on those women who would be most affected by the changes. This concession reduced the proposed increase in State Pension age for over 450,000 men and women, and means that no woman will see her pension age change by more than 18 months, relative to the 1995 Act timetable.</p><p> </p><p>For people who simply can’t work, our welfare system will continue to provide a strong safety net, as it does for people of all ages now. Any women experiencing hardship, including problems such as unemployment, disability, and coping with caring responsibilities, can already claim support from the welfare system. The Government is committed to supporting the vulnerable and spends over £50 billion a year on benefits to support disabled people and people with health conditions.</p><p> </p><p>The new State Pension is more generous for many women. Over three million women stand to gain an average of £550 extra per year by 2030 as a result of recent State Pension reforms.</p>
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-12T10:36:40.293Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-12T10:36:40.293Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
308
label Biography information for Mr Jim Cunningham more like this
1140856
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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 Pensions more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she plans to take to limit a person's pension age rise when age eligibility for the state pension is increased. more like this
tabling member constituency Cardiff West more like this
tabling member printed
Kevin Brennan more like this
uin 280183 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-12more like thismore than 2019-08-12
answer text <p>The Government published its review of State Pension age in July 2017. The report can be viewed here: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630065/state-pension-age-review-final-report.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/630065/state-pension-age-review-final-report.pdf</a>.</p><p>The next Government review of State Pension age will be completed within six years of that report.</p><p>The Pensions Act 2014 requires the Government to regularly review State Pension age and report to Parliament, to help to ensure the rules about State Pension age are appropriate having regard to life expectancy and the costs of increasing longevity are shared fairly between the generations, and provide greater clarity around the plans for changing State Pension age in the future.</p><p> </p><p>The changes to State Pension age became law following consultation and extensive debates in Parliament. During the passage of the Pensions Act 2011, Parliament introduced limits to person’s State Pension age rise, worth £1.1 billion, which reduced the proposed increase in State Pension age for over 450,000 men and women, meaning that no woman will see her pension age change by more than 18 months, relative to the original 1995 Act timetable.</p>
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-12T10:22:41.367Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-12T10:22:41.367Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
1400
label Biography information for Kevin Brennan more like this
1141038
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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 Television: Licensing more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of free television licences issued to residents in (a) the Norwich City Council area (b) Norwich South constituency and (c) Norwich North constituency in each of the last three years; and what the total annual value was of those licences. more like this
tabling member constituency Norwich South more like this
tabling member printed
Clive Lewis more like this
uin 280459 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-01more like thismore than 2019-08-01
answer text <p>In the 2015 funding settlement, the Government agreed with the BBC that responsibility for the concession will transfer to the BBC in June 2020.</p><p>The government and the BBC agreed at the time that this was a fair deal for the BBC. The BBC benefited as the government closed the iPlayer loophole and committed to increase the licence fee in line with inflation. And to help with financial planning, the government agreed to provide phased transitional funding over 2 years to gradually introduce the cost to the BBC.</p><p>This reform was subject to public discussion and debated extensively during the passage of the Digital Economy Act 2017 through Parliament.</p><p>On 10 June 2019, the BBC <a href="https://www.bbc.com/aboutthebbc/reports/consultation/age-related-tv-licence-policy" target="_blank">announced</a> that the current scheme will end. From 1 June 2020, a free TV licence will only be available to a household with someone aged over 75 who receives Pension Credit.</p><p>The table below provides estimates of the costs and caseloads for 2015/16 through to 2017/18 of providing free TV licences to people aged 75 years and over in the geographical areas requested. Expenditure in nominal prices. The figures for 2018/19 will be available in September.</p><p /><p /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Caseload (thousands)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2015-16</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2016-17</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2017-18</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(a) the Norwich City Council (Norwich local authority area)</strong></p></td><td><p>8.5</p></td><td><p>8.7</p></td><td><p>8.6</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(b) Norwich South constituency</strong></p></td><td><p>6.7</p></td><td><p>6.9</p></td><td><p>6.8</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(c) Norwich North constituency</strong></p></td><td><p>7.4</p></td><td><p>7.7</p></td><td><p>7.6</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td colspan="2"><p><strong>Expenditure (£m) (Nominal)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2015-16</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2016-17</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2017-18</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(a) the Norwich City Council (Norwich local authority area)</strong></p></td><td><p>£1.21</p></td><td><p>£1.21</p></td><td><p>£1.23</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(b) Norwich South constituency</strong></p></td><td><p>£0.96</p></td><td><p>£0.95</p></td><td><p>£0.97</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>(c) Norwich North constituency</strong></p></td><td><p>£1.06</p></td><td><p>£1.07</p></td><td><p>£1.10</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong> </strong></p>
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-01T09:41:27.043Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-01T09:41:27.043Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
4500
label Biography information for Clive Lewis more like this
1140879
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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 Pension Credit: Wales more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals are eligible for pension credit but not claiming the benefit in (a) Wales and (b) each parliamentary constituency in Wales. more like this
tabling member constituency Newport East more like this
tabling member printed
Jessica Morden more like this
uin 280185 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-01more like thismore than 2019-08-01
answer text <p>The information requested on the number of individuals eligible for Pension Credit but do not claim it in (a) Wales and (b) each parliamentary constituency in Wales is only available at Great Britain level.</p><p> </p><p>Official statistics on the take-up of income-related benefits at Great Britain level, including Pension Credit, can be found in the ‘Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up in 2016 to 2017’ publication.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017</a></p> more like this
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-01T09:20:34.3Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-01T09:20:34.3Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
1548
label Biography information for Jessica Morden more like this
1140545
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
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 Occupational Pensions more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to tackle the use of shape shifting practices by employers to avoid meeting pension obligations to employees; and if he will make a statement . more like this
tabling member constituency Blaenau Gwent more like this
tabling member printed
Nick Smith more like this
uin 279430 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-08-01more like thismore than 2019-08-01
answer text <p>The vast majority of employers are meeting their pension obligations under automatic enrolment, consistent with the legal framework established under the Pensions Act 2008. Where employers fail to comply with the law however, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has a full range of powers to ensure employees get the pensions they are due.</p><p>TPR is aware of some employers that appear to have tried to avoid meeting their pension obligations by hiding behind a new name. TPR investigators are working to take action against offenders that try to use this tactic, and are carrying out short-notice inspections on employers that are suspected of breaching their automatic enrolment duties.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Hexham more like this
answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-08-01T09:10:06.667Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-01T09:10:06.667Z
answering member
4142
label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
tabling member
3928
label Biography information for Nick Smith more like this
1140535
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
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 Welfare Assistance Schemes: Immigrants more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to extend eligibility for local welfare assistance to families with dependent children that have no recourse to public funds conditions attached to their leave to remain in the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle upon Tyne North more like this
tabling member printed
Catherine McKinnell more like this
uin 279420 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-29more like thismore than 2019-07-29
answer text <p>The reforms to the Social Fund in 2013 allowed local authorities in England, and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales, to deliver their own local provision for people who are in need of urgent help. We passed funding over to local authorities and devolved administrations (from April 2013) on a non-ring-fenced basis, with no statutory duties or monitoring requirements attached. Local authorities are best placed to decide how to target flexible help to support local welfare needs. The Government has no plans to alter policy on LWP or to review this provision at this time.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
grouped question UIN 279418 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-29T14:39:47.457Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-29T14:39:47.457Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4125
label Biography information for Catherine McKinnell more like this
1140533
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-19more like thismore than 2019-07-19
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 Welfare Assistance Schemes more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the number of local authorities that no longer provide local welfare assistance schemes. more like this
tabling member constituency Newcastle upon Tyne North more like this
tabling member printed
Catherine McKinnell more like this
uin 279418 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-29more like thismore than 2019-07-29
answer text <p>The reforms to the Social Fund in 2013 allowed local authorities in England, and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales, to deliver their own local provision for people who are in need of urgent help. We passed funding over to local authorities and devolved administrations (from April 2013) on a non-ring-fenced basis, with no statutory duties or monitoring requirements attached. Local authorities are best placed to decide how to target flexible help to support local welfare needs. The Government has no plans to alter policy on LWP or to review this provision at this time.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
grouped question UIN 279420 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-29T14:39:47.407Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-29T14:39:47.407Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4125
label Biography information for Catherine McKinnell more like this
1139813
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
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 Jobcentre Plus: Training more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training her Department provides to Jobcentre Plus staff on economic abuse as a form of domestic abuse. more like this
tabling member constituency Rotherham more like this
tabling member printed
Sarah Champion more like this
uin 278514 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-29more like thismore than 2019-07-29
answer text <p>DWP is committed to providing the best possible support for all our claimants, including the most vulnerable in society. This includes those who are, or have been, victims of domestic abuse.</p><p> </p><p>Our Work Coaches undergo a comprehensive learning journey designed to equip them with the tools, skills and behaviours required to provide a high quality service to all claimants. All Work Coaches receive training on how to support claimants with complex needs, which includes a module on identifying, supporting and signposting victims of abuse.</p><p> </p><p>In addition around 600 DWP staff across the UK are currently undergoing specialist training from expert organisation Women’s Aid. The newly assigned points of contact will be trained to identify and support the needs of anyone experiencing domestic abuse, and will work closely with local services to share knowledge and signpost women to additional, external support.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-29T14:31:05.86Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-29T14:31:05.86Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4267
label Biography information for Sarah Champion more like this
1140906
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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 Children: Maintenance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on how many occasions her Department has registered the child maintenance debt of a non-resident parent with credit rating agencies. more like this
tabling member constituency Motherwell and Wishaw more like this
tabling member printed
Marion Fellows more like this
uin 280279 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-07-29more like thismore than 2019-07-29
answer text <p>This information is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Colchester more like this
answering member printed Will Quince more like this
grouped question UIN 279455 more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-07-29T14:18:24.39Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-29T14:18:24.39Z
answering member
4423
label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
tabling member
4440
label Biography information for Marion Fellows more like this