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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-06more like thismore than 2018-11-06
answering body
Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 remove filter
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
hansard heading Social Security Benefits: 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 what measures they are taking to ensure that potential claimants are aware of the policy to provide Child Tax Credit and Universal Tax Credit to a maximum of two children; and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of any such awareness-raising measures. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of Durham remove filter
uin HL11316 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
answer text <p>The policy to provide support for a maximum of two children in Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Universal Credit (UC) was originally announced at Summer Budget 2015 and legislated for in the Welfare Reform Act 2016. The government chose to implement the policy from April 2017 to ensure households were aware of the policy before choosing to have third or subsequent children. HMRC also provided information in leaflets to all claimants renewing their CTC claim since 2016 and a leaflet has also been included in the CTC new claim pack since the policy came into force. Since August 2016 high level messaging about the policy has been available on GOV.UK.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-20T12:49:03.06Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T12:49:03.06Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
4312
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
1002476
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-06more like thismore than 2018-11-06
answering body
Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 remove filter
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
hansard heading Social Security Benefits: 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 what steps they are taking to monitor and review the impact of the policy to provide Child Tax Credit and Universal Tax Credit to a maximum of two children on (1) children’s well-being, and (2) on the financial resilience of families affected by that policy. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of Durham remove filter
uin HL11317 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
answer text <p>The policy to provide Child Tax Credits and Universal Credit for a maximum of two children ensures that those on benefits face the same financial choices around the number of children they can afford as those supporting themselves solely through work.</p><p> </p><p>Work is the best way out of poverty and Universal Credit is supporting people into the labour market so they can get the skills they need to access better opportunities. There are 637,000 fewer children in workless households than in 2010 and unemployment is at a record low.</p><p> </p><p>We are also supporting the finances of low-income families by decreasing the taper rate and increasing work allowances in Universal Credit, so people can earn more without losing their benefits. Our National Living Wage means the lowest paid have seen their wages grow by 8% above inflation between 2015 and 2018.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-20T12:48:24.593Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T12:48:24.593Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
4312
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
714323
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2017-03-27more like thismore than 2017-03-27
answering body
HM Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 remove filter
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
hansard heading Social Security Benefits: 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 how many families will be affected by the introduction of the two-child limit on Child Tax Credit and the child element of Universal Credit in (1) 2017–18, (2) 2018–19, and (3) 2019–20. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of Durham remove filter
uin HL6344 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2017-04-07more like thismore than 2017-04-07
answer text <p>From 6 April 2017 families will no longer be able to claim additional support of up to £2,780 per child per year for third and subsequent children born on or after this date through Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit. Families on benefits should have to make the same financial decisions as families supporting themselves solely through work. All households should think carefully about whether they are financially prepared to support a new child without relying on means-tested benefits.</p><p> </p><p>There will be no cash losers as a result of the Government’s policy to limit support to two children in Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit.</p><p>An impact assessment of Tax Credits and Universal Credit changes to Child Element and Family Element was published in July 2015. It can be found on the Parliament website[1].</p><p> </p><p>[1] <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/ia15-006e.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/ia15-006e.pdf</a></p>
answering member printed Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
grouped question UIN HL6345 more like this
question first answered
less than 2017-04-07T12:38:18.587Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
answering member
4284
label Biography information for Baroness Neville-Rolfe more like this
attachment
1
file name impactassessment.pdf more like this
title Impact assessment more like this
tabling member
4312
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
820663
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-01-11more like thismore than 2018-01-11
answering body
HM Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 remove filter
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
hansard heading Child Tax 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 families have had their tax credits reduced by the two-child limit in each month since the introduction of the limit in April 2017; how many of those families had one or more parents in work; how many families were (1) lone parent families or (2) two-parent families; and what was the number of children per family involved. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of Durham remove filter
uin HL4633 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-01-25more like thismore than 2018-01-25
answer text <p>The government considers the impact of policies on different groups during their development. During the passage of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 we published an Impact Assessment<sup><sup>[1]</sup></sup> for the policy of limiting support in tax credits and Universal Credit. The impact assessment shows the number of Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit claimants who were expected to be affected by the policy over the next five years.</p><p> </p><p>This does not include a number of groups who have received an exception to the policy of limiting support: statistics on these exceptions will be published in due course.</p><p> </p><p>[1] <strong><a href="https://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA15-006E.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA15-006E.pdf</a> </strong></p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-01-25T16:09:14.073Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-25T16:09:14.073Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
attachment
1
file name welfare reform document.pdf more like this
title impact assessment more like this
tabling member
4312
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
820664
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-01-11more like thismore than 2018-01-11
answering body
HM Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 remove filter
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
hansard heading Child Tax 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 families with three or more children have been able to claim the Child Tax Credit amount for a third or subsequent child under the “special circumstances” exemption rules that apply to the two-child limit, in each month since the introduction of the limit in April 2017; and what reasons were provided for those exemptions. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of Durham remove filter
uin HL4634 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-01-25more like thismore than 2018-01-25
answer text <p>Families on benefits should have to make the same financial decisions as families supporting themselves solely through work. However, in recognition that some claimants are not able to make choices about the number of children in their family the government has provided exceptions in certain cases. Following debate in parliament and a public consultation, the government introduced regulations that allow exceptions to apply in cases where the third or subsequent children are:</p><p> </p><ul><li><p>part of a multiple birth, although it does not cover one child in that birth on the grounds that the parents would have expected the pregnancy to have resulted in at least one birth;</p><p> </p></li><li><p>children who are adopted when they would otherwise be in Local Authority care;</p><p> </p></li><li><p>in non-parental caring arrangements, including formal arrangements (e.g. Child Arrangement Orders, Special Guardianship Orders, certain Scottish Kinship Care Orders etc) and informal arrangements where the child is living long terms with friends or family and would otherwise be at risk of entering the care system;</p><p> </p></li><li><p>born as a result of non-consensual conception (including cases of rape or coercion and control).</p></li></ul><p>Statistics relating to exceptions to the limit on support to two children in Child Tax Credit will be published once there are sufficient cases to enable robust analysis and the data has been quality assured.</p><p> </p>
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-01-25T16:04:30.047Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-25T16:04:30.047Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
4312
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
820665
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-01-11more like thismore than 2018-01-11
answering body
HM Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 remove filter
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
hansard heading Child Tax 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 steps they are taking to monitor the impact of the two-child limit for Child Tax Credits on the well-being of children in large families affected by the policy, since it was introduced in April 2017. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of Durham remove filter
uin HL4635 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-01-25more like thismore than 2018-01-25
answer text <p>The government is committed to supporting families. We are helping families retain more of what they earn by raising the personal allowance, successive increases mean that a basic rate tax payer will be £1,075 better off in 2018-19 than in 2010-11. Also, to help working parents we have doubled free childcare available for 3 and 4 year olds to 30 hours a week, saving in total around £5,000 a year per child, and we are introducing Tax Free Childcare, providing support of up to £2000 per year for each child. However, there is more to do and the government is committed to delivering a country that works for everyone. Last April, the government published its “Improving Lives: Helping Workless Families” strategy. This focused on measures that tackle the root causes of poverty and improve children’s welfare, in particular parental worklessness and educational attainment. Data on each of the areas targeted by the Strategy is published annually. We keep all our policies under review, including the policy of limiting support in Child Tax Credits.</p>
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-01-25T16:00:37.893Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-25T16:00:37.893Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
4312
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
837291
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-02-05more like thismore than 2018-02-05
answering body
HM Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 remove filter
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
hansard heading Child Tax 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 Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4633), how many families have had their tax credits reduced as a result of the two-child limit, in each month, since the introduction of that limit in April 2017. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of Durham remove filter
uin HL5367 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-02-19more like thismore than 2018-02-19
answer text <p>The government considered the impact limiting support in tax credits and Universal Credit has on different groups during its development. We published an Impact Assessment during the passage of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 which shows the number of Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit claimants who were expected to be affected by the policy over the next five years.</p><p>There will be no cash losers as a direct result of this policy. Those claiming Child Tax Credit for more than two children born before 6 April 2017 will not see a reduction in those payments.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
grouped question UIN HL5368 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-02-19T14:22:11.91Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-19T14:22:11.91Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
4312
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
837292
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-02-05more like thismore than 2018-02-05
answering body
HM Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 remove filter
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
hansard heading Child Tax 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 Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4633), of those families affected by the two-child limit for tax credits introduced in April 2017, how many (1) had one or more parents in work, (2) were lone parent families, and (3) were two-parent families, broken down by month; and what was the number of children involved in each family. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of Durham remove filter
uin HL5368 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-02-19more like thismore than 2018-02-19
answer text <p>The government considered the impact limiting support in tax credits and Universal Credit has on different groups during its development. We published an Impact Assessment during the passage of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 which shows the number of Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit claimants who were expected to be affected by the policy over the next five years.</p><p>There will be no cash losers as a direct result of this policy. Those claiming Child Tax Credit for more than two children born before 6 April 2017 will not see a reduction in those payments.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
grouped question UIN HL5367 more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-02-19T14:22:11.927Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-19T14:22:11.927Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
4312
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
837293
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-02-05more like thismore than 2018-02-05
answering body
HM Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 remove filter
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
hansard heading Child Tax 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 Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4634), with reference to their commitment to publishing statistics relating to exceptions to the limit on Child Tax Credits support to two children, what is their criteria for "sufficient cases". more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of Durham remove filter
uin HL5369 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-02-19more like thismore than 2018-02-19
answer text <p>Statistics on exceptions to the limit on Child Tax Credit support to two children will be published when there are enough cases to enable meaningful analyses and breakdowns of exception statistics into sub-categories (such as the type of exception), without compromising normal statistical standards regarding disclosure.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-02-19T14:02:46.4Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-19T14:02:46.4Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
4312
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
837294
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-02-05more like thismore than 2018-02-05
answering body
HM Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 remove filter
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name CaTreasury more like this
hansard heading Child Tax 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 Lord Bates on 25 January (HL4635), how they are measuring and monitoring the impact of the two-child limit for Child Tax Credits on the well-being of children in large families affected by that policy. more like this
tabling member printed
The Lord Bishop of Durham remove filter
uin HL5370 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-02-19more like thismore than 2018-02-19
answer text <p>The government is committed to supporting all families. The government provides a range of support in addition to Child Tax Credit. Child Benefit is paid for each child in a household, at £20.70 per week for the first child and £13.70 a week for each subsequent child. To help working parents, the government has doubled the free childcare available for 3 and 4 year olds to 30 hours a week for 38 weeks a year (or 1140 hours per year), saving families in total around £5,000 a year per child. The government is committed to ensuring that the potential impacts on families of its policies are carefully taken into account as part of the policymaking process by applying the Family Test.</p> more like this
answering member printed Lord Bates more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-02-19T14:14:50.627Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-19T14:14:50.627Z
answering member
1091
label Biography information for Lord Bates more like this
tabling member
4312
label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this