Canlyniadau 1261–1280 o 1282 ar gyfer speaker:Baroness Altmann

Disabled People: Access to Work Fund — Question (29 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: My Lords, last year Access to Work helped more than 35,000 disabled people to work, including almost 2,000 into self-employment. Disabled people and stakeholders consistently tell us of the effective support that Access to Work offers. A wide range of employment support programmes underpins our success. We are building on this by launching specialist employability support, expanding the...

Disabled People: Access to Work Fund — Question (29 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: My Lords, Access to Work is not being cut. We are introducing a cap, which means that the resources available can support growing numbers of people. We are determined to reduce the disability employment gap by half and to spend more money on these programmes. It is a demand-led programme. The cap will ensure that we can reach far more people, and, indeed, we did just that over the past year.

Disabled People: Access to Work Fund — Question (29 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: As I said, Access to Work is a demand-led scheme. Nobody has ever been turned away from it. The reforms to PIP are about taking money away, but not from those who need it. Therefore, the reforms will deliver a more dynamic benefit system whereby we can tailor support to meet people’s needs as they change over time, and Access to Work will be available to more people.

Disabled People: Access to Work Fund — Question (29 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: I reassure the noble Lord that the cap for existing claimants will not be introduced until 2018, and we will work sensitively with all those affected to ensure a smooth transition from the support they currently get to an alternative form of support under the new arrangements. More than 35,000 people are currently in the Access to Work programme and 200 will be affected by the cap. As I said,...

Disabled People: Access to Work Fund — Question (29 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: I agree with my noble friend, and that is why the Government’s campaign to make Britain disability-confident is so important. For individuals with mental health conditions, we provide a wide range of support across our programmes—and there are many such programmes—targeted at supporting work for both employers and individuals. We are very conscious that all disabled people who wish to...

Disabled People: Access to Work Fund — Question (29 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: I reassure the right reverend Prelate that we will continue to support deaf people and people with hearing loss. Specialist teams will help customers and their employers with advice on adjustments and technological support and with personal budgets so that users can manage their support flexibly themselves when the scheme is rolled out later in 2015-16. We are also in discussions with...

Disabled People: Access to Work Fund — Question (29 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: We will carefully monitor all our programmes. Access to Work is one of the many programmes that we have introduced and are planning to roll out to protect the disabled and help them to work if they want to, as many do. Last year, we ensured that nearly a quarter of a million more disabled people had work. That is a tremendous success, and our programmes are working.

Disabled People: Access to Work Fund — Question (29 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: We are introducing a range of programmes. Access to Work was never designed to be an unlimited-cost programme. We will ensure that all those who are potentially affected by the cap will have more flexible support to help themas they require it.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Mesothelioma: Compensation (23 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: The information requested is available from the attached Impact Assessment for the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme which was published in March 2014 and sets out the anticipated levels of claims over the first 10 years of the scheme. The scheme has now been running since April 2014 with payments being made from July 2014. We will publish statistics on the number of claims made in...

Family and Relationship Support — Question (22 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: My Lords, I am the Minister responsible for family and relationship support policy. We are working with several organisations to develop and deliver provision. This includes preventive support, help for those experiencing difficulties, piloting relationship education in perinatal classes, and supporting local authorities to improve family relationships. I confirm that the total funding for...

Family and Relationship Support — Question (22 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: I can inform the noble Baroness that the family test will be applied to all new policies that are being developed by government, and it will be strictly applied. The idea at the moment is that we transfer the Department for Education’s responsibility to the Department for Work and Pensions so that these policies are more integrated for the benefit of the families who we are trying to support.

Family and Relationship Support — Question (22 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: The noble Baroness asks an important question. We are working with a number of different organisations to ensure that the relationship support that we deliver covers a whole variety of different types of relationship, including Muslim relationships and those where there is an element of domestic violence. I reassure the noble Baroness that that is being included.

Family and Relationship Support — Question (22 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: I can confirm for the noble Lord that the commitment to £7.5 million per annum is a firm one, and we will be spending at least that amount. The total government-wide spending for family, parenting and relationship support is approximately £6.5 billion, with a number of different programmes, including the troubled families programme, help and support for separated families, the innovation...

Family and Relationship Support — Question (22 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: Clearly there is speculation in the papers about all sorts of things. I certainly cannot comment on that particular issue, but I repeat my assurance that all polices are subject to the strict family test.

Family and Relationship Support — Question (22 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: I thank my noble friend for that question. Studies have indeed suggested that the amount that we are spending yields £11.50 for each £1 spent, which is of course excellent value for money. We are continuing to rationalise some of the contracts, and have introduced a 20% payment-by-results scheme. We are ensuring that we continually monitor the effectiveness of all the policies that we have...

Family and Relationship Support — Question (22 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: The whole spectrum of relationships is covered in our spending programme for relationship support, including same-sex couples and older people—a whole, wide range, as I indicated to the noble Baroness. So yes, I can confirm that.

Pensions: Reforms — Motion to Take Note (18 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: (Maiden Speech) My Lords, I am proud and honoured to stand here today as a Member of this House and thank my noble friend Lord Flight for initiating this debate and for the many important and interesting points he raises, which I look forward to discussing with him. I also thank other noble Lords for their kind words. I must say that I am finding this such a friendly place. I am enormously...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Employment: Disability (18 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: In the last 12 months there has been an increase of 238,000 disabled people in work. That is really positive, but there is more to do. We have been very clear that the gap between the employment rates of disabled people and non-disabled people remains too big and have committed to halving it. Government cannot achieve this ambition alone so we are working closely with disabled people,...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Mesothelioma: Compensation (18 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: No actuarial calculations were carried out in relation to the payments that would be made by the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme. The tariff table, which sets out the rate of payment according to age at diagnosis, is based on an average of similar payments made under civil compensation. The Impact Assessment published in March 2014 estimated that £93.7m would be paid out by the Scheme...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Fuel Direct Scheme (18 Meh 2015)

Baroness Altmann: Third Party Deduction is a long standing scheme of last resort where all other means of budgeting have been exhausted. Where the Secretary of State decides that it is in the claimant’s best interests to order repayment of the arrears he can do so. The scheme was introduced in the 1970’s to protect the vulnerable and their family, whilst not adding to their financial burden. Fuel Direct...


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