Written question – Welfare [25/07/2017]

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will remove the mandatory reassessment of people with progressive conditions, such as muscle-wasting conditions, who are in receipt of personal independence payments at the enhanced rate. (5325)

Tabled on: 17 July 2017

Answer:
Penny Mordaunt:

Reviews of PIP are a key part of the benefit and ensure that not only awards remain correct where needs may change and that we also maintain contact with the claimant, both features missing from its predecessor Disability Living Allowance. The length of an award is based on an individual’s circumstances and can vary from nine months to an on-going award with a light touch review at the ten year point. PIP recognises that for the most severely disabled claimants, the award review process could seem unnecessarily intrusive. Existing PIP claimants with the most severe, lifetime disabilities, whose functional ability has remained the same, are more likely to have their evidence reviewed by a DWP Decision-Maker and will not need to have another face-to-face assessment with a healthcare professional.

We will continue to closely monitor developments across the health and disability landscape and engage with stakeholders to improve the service we provide. We are committed to ensuring that the PIP reassessment process works effectively across the spectrum of disabilities and health conditions, including mental health conditions, cognitive impairments and physical disabilities.

On Employment and Support Allowance we are working with our assessment provider, medical professionals and other stakeholders, to develop a set of criteria that will help us identify those with the most severe health conditions or disabilities, for whom reassessments can be stopped unless there is a change of circumstances.

The answer was submitted on 25 Jul 2017 at 15:33.

 

Written Question – Treasury [20/07/2017]

Question:
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will introduce a requirement on the Financial Conduct Authority to set out a reasonable duty of care for financial services providers to exercise towards their customers. (4474)

Tabled on: 12 July 2017

Answer:
Stephen Barclay:

The government recognises that there are different views on the merits of introducing a duty of care for financial services providers. The government welcomes the Financial Conduct Authority’s commitment to publish a discussion paper to explore the issue of duty of care, as part of the planned review of their Handbook described in their Mission document published in April.

The answer was submitted on 20 Jul 2017 at 15:13.

 

Written Question – Health [11/07/2017]

Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase funding for addiction services in England. (2783)

Tabled on: 04 July 2017

This question was grouped with the following question(s) for answer:

  1. To ask the Secretary of State for Health, why expenditure on adult drug misuse services in England has fallen by over £42 million since 2013-14. (2963) Tabled on: 04 July 2017

Answer: Steve Brine:

The Government has committed £16 billion in funding to local councils over the current five year spending review period to tackle public health issues. Any decisions on commission of effective drug and alcohol prevention and treatment services are the responsibility of local authorities based on an assessment of local need.

The answer was submitted on 11 Jul 2017 at 10:49.

Oral Question to the Minister – Spousal Visas [03/07/2017]

 

Ronnie Cowan MP

What steps she is taking to protect the family rights of UK citizens married to non-EU citizens.

Brandon Lewis MP (Minister for Immigration)

The requirements we have in place promote not just family values but integration, while also striking the right balance to ensure that we take into account the burden on the taxpayer as well, so we have a fair balance between family, integration and the taxpayers’ position.

Ronnie Cowan MP

My constituent Paul McMillan, a medical student from Port Glasgow, is unable to be with his American partner because of the minimum income requirement on spousal visas, which stands at £18,600 and is due to rise. He has decided that because of the UK Government’s increasingly hostile attitude towards immigrants, on completing his studies he will emigrate from Scotland to be with his partner. Scotland will lose not only his future medical expertise but the expertise of his partner, a qualified social worker. Considering Paul’s situation, will the Home Secretary abandon plans to increase the minimum income requirement?

Brandon Lewis MP (Minister for Immigration)

If the hon. Gentleman wants to write to me about any specific case, I will be happy to have a look at it. As a general point, however, it is right that we look at making sure that everybody across the UK has the same position to deal with, so that the system is fair and that it is also fair to taxpayers, so that someone bringing a member of their family to this country can afford for them to be here. I also point out to the hon. Gentleman that the figure of £18,600 is several thousand pounds below the median wage in Scotland.

Written Question – Young People [30/06/2017]

Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Internet: Young People
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Government plans to publish a green paper on online safety for young people.
Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 30 June 2017

Work has started on the DCMS led cross-government internet safety strategy which will give us the opportunity to consider issues of online safety for children and young people. We are considering how this will be taken forward under the Digital Charter.

Written Question – Treasury [30/06/2017]

HM Treasury
Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation
To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress the Government has made on allocating the Equitable Life Payment Scheme funds to policyholders.
Answered by: Stephen Barclay
Answered on: 30 June 2017

The Equitable Life Payment Scheme is closed to new claims and the government issued the final progress report in November 2016. This report sets out the details regarding the volume and value of payments made, and a copy can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/equitable-life-payment-scheme-final-report.

Written Question – Business [27/06/2017]

Asked by Ronnie Cowan

(Inverclyde)
Asked on: 22 June 2017
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Small Businesses: Inverclyde
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will bring the Small Business Saturday 2017 roadshow to Inverclyde.
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 27 June 2017

The organisation of Small Business Saturday is managed by Small Business Saturday UK. To request a visit to Inverclyde you can contact them via their website https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.

The Department is fully supportive of the Small Business Saturday campaign and recognises the role it plays in highlighting the importance of small businesses to the local community and the UK as a whole.

Written Question – Welfare [04/04/2017]

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether Ministers of his Department have plans to visit constituencies affected by the proposed closure of jobcentres. (69136)

Tabled on: 27 March 2017

Answer:
Damian Hinds:

The Secretary of State and his Ministers regularly visit DWP sites across the country, including Jobcentres.

The answer was submitted on 30 Mar 2017 at 14:20.

 

Written Question – Treasury [06/03/2017]

Question: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what comparative estimate he has made of the number of children living in poverty in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland and (c) Inverclyde constituency if child benefit is (i) frozen and (ii) increased in line with inflation in the next three years. (66159)

Tabled on: 01 March 2017

This question was grouped with the following question(s) for answer:

  1. To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of children living in poverty in Airdrie and Shotts constituency if child benefit is (a) frozen and (b) increased in line with inflation in the next three years. (66179) Tabled on: 01 March 2017
  2. To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of freezing rates of child benefit and child tax credit on families in Blaydon constituency. (66164) Tabled on: 01 March 2017
  3. To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of freezing rates of child benefit and child tax credit on families in Poplar and Limehouse constituency. (66165) Tabled on: 01 March 2017

Answer: Mr David Gauke:

The Government has considered the impact on all benefits and tax credits rates that are included in the four year uprating freeze. The Government has published an impact assessment at:

http://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA15-006C.pdf

The answer was submitted on 06 Mar 2017 at 15:22.

Written Question – Int Development [24/02/2017]

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government is taking to increase cash-based approaches to international aid. (63983)

Tabled on: 17 February 2017

Answer:
Rory Stewart:

Decisions about the type and level of support for cash based approaches depend on a number of factors, including the maturity and coverage of cash transfer programmes, our objectives, value for money, burden share with other donors, and current and projected fiscal space of partner governments.

The answer was submitted on 24 Feb 2017 at 15:17.