Baroness Wilcox of Newport Portrait

Baroness Wilcox of Newport

Labour - Life peer

Opposition Whip (Lords)

(since March 2020)

Shadow Spokesperson (Wales)

(since May 2021)
Shadow Spokesperson (Equalities and Women's Issues)
30th Sep 2020 - 17th May 2021


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Thursday 10th June 2021
Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc.) (England) (Amendment) Order 2021
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Speeches
Thursday 16th September 2021
Devolved Administrations

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Written Answers
Monday 27th September 2021
Universal Credit
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how much poverty will rise in the worst-case scenario …
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During the current Parliamentary Session, Baroness Wilcox of Newport has voted in 132 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Lord Greenhalgh (Conservative)
Minister of State (Home Office)
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Baroness Berridge (Conservative)
(18 debate interactions)
Baroness Williams of Trafford (Conservative)
Minister of State (Home Office)
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Home Office
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Department for Education
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Ministry of Justice
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12 Written Questions in the current parliament

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9th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how much poverty will rise in the worst-case scenario from any modelling they have conducted on the impact of ending the £20 uplift for Universal Credit.

It is not possible to produce a robust estimate of the impact of removing the Universal Credit uplift on poverty or related issues. This is particularly the case at the moment given the uncertainty around the speed of the economic recovery, and how this will be distributed across the population.

The latest poverty figures (2019/20) demonstrate that absolute poverty rates (both before and after housing costs) for working-age adults in working families have fallen since 2009/10. In 2019/20, 8% of working age adults in working families were in absolute poverty (before housing costs), compared to 9% in 2009/10.

The Chancellor announced a temporary six-month extension to the £20 per week uplift at the Budget on 3 March to support households affected by the economic shock of Covid-19. Universal Credit has provided a vital safety net for six million people during the pandemic, and the temporary uplift was part of a COVID support package worth a total of £407 billion in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

There have been significant positive developments in the public health situation since the uplift was first introduced. With the success of the vaccine rollout and record job vacancies, it is right that our focus is on helping people back into work.

Through our Plan for Jobs, we are targeting tailored support schemes of people of all ages to help them prepare for, get into and progress in work. These include: Kickstart, delivering tens of thousands of six-month work placements for Universal Credit claimants aged 16-24 at risk of unemployment; Restart, which provides 12 months’ intensive employment support to Universal Credit claimants who are unemployed for a year; and JETS, which provides light touch employment support for people who are claiming either Universal Credit or New Style Jobseekers Allowance, for up to 6 months, helping participants effectively re-engage with the labour market and focus their job search. We have also recruited an additional 13,500 work coaches to provide more intensive support to find a job. In total, our Plan for Jobs interventions will support more than two million people.

This Government is wholly committed to supporting those on low incomes, and continues to do so through many measures, including by increasing the living wage, and by spending over £111 billion on welfare support for people of working age in 2021/22.

This year, we are also investing up to £220m in the Holiday Activities and Food programme, which has been expanded to every Local Authority across England. Participating children will benefit from a range of support, including a healthy and nutritious meal as well as fun and engaging activities covering the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021. We also increased the value of Healthy Start Food Vouchers from £3.10 to £4.25 in April, which helps eligible low income households buy basic foods like milk, fruit and vitamins.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how much homelessness will rise in the worst-case scenario from any modelling they have conducted on the impact of ending the £20 uplift for Universal Credit.

No impact assessments have been made.

Discretionary Housing Payments provide critical support to vulnerable claimants, including those who are at risk of homelessness, that need help with their housing costs.

For 2021-22 the Government has made available £140m in Discretionary Housing Payments funding for local authorities in England and Wales. In 2020-21 we boosted investment in the Local Housing Allowance by almost £1 billion and have maintained rates in cash terms for 2021-22. In addition, earlier this year we extended the exemptions from the shared accommodation rate of Local Housing Allowance for care leavers and those who have spent at least three months in a homeless hostel. From 31st May 2021 the care leavers exemption applies up to age 25 and the homeless hostel exemption applies up to age 35.

The Chancellor announced a temporary six-month extension to the £20 per week uplift at the Budget on 3 March to support households affected by the economic shock of Covid-19. Universal Credit has provided a vital safety net for six million people during the pandemic, and the temporary uplift was part of a COVID support package worth a total of £407 billion in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

There have been significant positive developments in the public health situation since the uplift was first introduced. With the success of the vaccine rollout and record job vacancies, it is right that our focus is on helping people back into work.

Through our Plan for Jobs, we are targeting tailored support schemes of people of all ages to help them prepare for, get into and progress in work. These include: Kickstart, delivering tens of thousands of six-month work placements for Universal Credit claimants aged 16-24 at risk of unemployment; Restart, which provides 12 months’ intensive employment support to Universal Credit claimants who are unemployed for a year; and JETS, which provides light touch employment support for people who are claiming either Universal Credit or New Style Jobseekers Allowance, for up to 6 months, helping participants effectively re-engage with the labour market and focus their job search. We have also recruited an additional 13,500 work coaches to provide more intensive support to find a job. In total, our Plan for Jobs interventions will support more than two million people.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how much food bank usage will rise in the worst-case scenario from any modelling they have conducted on the impact of ending the £20 uplift for Universal Credit.

No assessment has been made. Foodbanks are independent, charitable organisations and the Department for Work and Pensions does not have any role in their operation. There is no consistent and accurate measure of food bank usage at a constituency or national level.

The Chancellor announced a temporary six-month extension to the Universal Credit uplift at the Budget on 3 March to support households affected by the economic shock of Covid-19. Universal Credit has provided a vital safety net for six million people during the pandemic, and the temporary uplift was part of a COVID support package worth a total of £407billion in 2020-21 and 2021-22.

There have been significant positive developments in the public health situation since the uplift was first introduced with the success of the vaccine rollout. Now the economy is reopening and as we continue to progress with our recovery our focus is on helping people back into work.

Through our Plan for Jobs, we are targeting tailored support schemes of people of all ages to help them prepare for, get into and progress in work. These include: Kickstart, delivering tens of thousands of six-month work placements for Universal Credit claimants aged 16-24 at risk of unemployment; Restart, which provides 12 months’ intensive employment support to Universal Credit claimants who are unemployed for a year; and JETS, which provides light touch employment support for people who are claiming either Universal Credit or New Style Jobseekers Allowance, for up to 6 months, helping participants effectively re-engage with the labour market and focus their job search. We have also recruited an additional 13,500 work coaches to provide more intensive support to find a job. In total, our Plan for Jobs interventions will support more than two million people.

This Government is wholly committed to supporting those on low incomes, and continues to do so through many measures, including by increasing the living wage, and by spending over £111 billion on welfare support for people of working age in 2021/22.

This year, we are also investing up to £220m in the Holiday Activities and Food programme, which has been expanded to every Local Authority across England. Participating children will benefit from a range of support, including a healthy and nutritious meal as well as fun and engaging activities covering the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays in 2021. We also increased the value of Healthy Start Food Vouchers from £3.10 to £4.25 in April, which helps eligible low income households buy basic foods like milk, fruit and vitamins.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobs have been created by the Kickstart Scheme in (1) England, and (2) each English region.

We are pleased to say that, as of the 8th September, over 69,000 young people have started Kickstart jobs. Over 188,000 jobs have been made available for young people to apply for through the Kickstart Scheme with over 281,000 jobs approved for funding by the Scheme.

In England, over 163,000 jobs have been made available for young people to apply for as well as over 59,000 starts. The table below lists the number of Kickstart jobs which have been made available and started by young people to date by English region. The figures used are correct as of the 8th September and these figures have been rounded according to departmental standards.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system, which has been developed quickly.

The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics, but is provided in the interests of transparency. Work is ongoing to improve the quality of information available for the programme.

Location

Jobs Made Available

Total Jobs Started

East Midlands

11,900

4,170

East of England

14,900

4,870

London

38,400

15,170

North East

7,500

3,170

North West

24,000

8,830

South East

21,700

7,460

South West

14,000

4,660

West Midlands

16,900

6,150

Yorkshire and The Humber

14,600

5,250

*These numbers are rounded and so may not match provided totals. Jobs Made Available include 1,000 non-grant funded vacancies and Total Starts include around 900 starts to non-grant funded jobs

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Universal Credit claimants are (1) black, (2) Asian, (3) other ethnic minority, (4) white, (5) male, and (6) female.

From the latest provisional statistics published on Stat-Xplore, of the 6.01 million people on Universal Credit on 13 May 2021, 2.85 million are male and 3.16 million are female.

Universal Credit claimants have the opportunity to complete a survey containing diversity questions, including regarding their ethnicity, however answering these questions is not compulsory and the data available does not reach the threshold to be published.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
15th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they contract any company (1) to run part of, or (2) to approve applications for, the Kickstart Scheme; if so, what are the names of those companies; what are their roles and responsibilities; and how much are the contracts worth.

No companies are contracted to run part of, or approve applications for, the Departments’ Kickstart Scheme.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
9th Jun 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the name of (1) each individual employer, and (2) each employer which is part of a Kickstart gateway, which has had applications approved through the Kickstart Scheme; and how many jobs has each named employer made available through the Scheme.

Organisations in receipt of a Kickstart grant will have their details published on the Government website in due course, as is standard practice for all organisations in receipt of a Government grant. This information has not been published yet as organisations are still applying and being approved for Kickstart funding.


For applications approved between the start of the scheme in September 2020 through to June 2021, there have been, on average, 14 Kickstart jobs available for young people to apply to per Kickstart employer (this includes individual employers and those that have applied through a Kickstart gateway).

Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system which has been developed quickly. The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics, but is provided in the interests of transparency. Work is ongoing to improve the quality of information available for the programme.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
27th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) women, and (2) men, have started Kickstart jobs.

As of 27th May 2021, there have been over 29,000 job placement starts to the Kickstart Scheme.

As the Kickstart Scheme had to be launched quickly to support eligible 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who were at risk of long-term unemployment, a means of recording the number of participating young people from ethnic minorities or by gender was not prioritised in the initial design. Ethnicity and gender are recorded on the wider Universal Credit systems and will be used in the evaluation of the Scheme.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
27th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who have started jobs through the Kickstart scheme were (1) black, (2) Asian; (3) other ethnic minority, and (4) white.

As of 27th May 2021, there have been over 29,000 job placement starts to the Kickstart Scheme.

As the Kickstart Scheme had to be launched quickly to support eligible 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who were at risk of long-term unemployment, a means of recording the number of participating young people from ethnic minorities or by gender was not prioritised in the initial design. Ethnicity and gender are recorded on the wider Universal Credit systems and will be used in the evaluation of the Scheme.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Kickstart placements have been created with oil and gas companies; and which oil and gas companies such placements have been created with.

Kickstart jobs are categorised into broad sectors when vacancies details are made available for work coaches to encourage young people to apply for them. The sector category relates to the job type, rather than the nature of the main activities undertaken by the employer. This means for example, that an administrative job within an oil company would be categorised as ‘administrative’, rather than ‘oil & gas’.

A breakdown of jobs started and made available by sector, this could include any jobs with Oil and Gas employers, is available here: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2021-05-20/hl457

As of 20th May, almost 8,000 Kickstart Scheme applications from employers and Gateways (each representing a number of employers) had been approved. To establish which employers associated with the Oil and Gas industry have approved Kickstart jobs would require reviewing all these approved applications to consider the principal activities of each employer, this information could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system which has been developed quickly. The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics, but is provided in the interests of transparency. Work is ongoing to improve the quality of information available for the programme.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)
20th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government in which sectors Kickstart placements have been created; and how many Kickstart placements have been (1) created, and (2) filled, in each sector.

As of the 27th May 2021, over 133,000 jobs have been made available for young people to apply for through the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Kickstart Scheme. This includes over 29,000 jobs started by young people.

There have been over 219,000 jobs approved for funding through the scheme.

The tables below show figures split by job sector (rather than the sector of the employer), the data has been rounded according to DWP statistical rounding convention.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing Kickstart applications, referrals and starts, the data collected might be subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system which has been developed quickly. The management information presented here has not been subjected to the usual standard of quality assurance associated with official statistics, but is provided in the interests of transparency. Work is ongoing to improve the quality of information available for the programme.

Sector

Jobs Made Available

Total Jobs Started

Administration

33,630

7,480

Animal Care

600

240

Beauty & Wellbeing

930

230

Business & Finance

4,830

1,000

Computing, Technology & Digital

10,050

2,770

Construction & Trades

4,360

990

Creative & Media

10,040

3,070

Delivery & Storage

4,020

870

Emergency & Uniform Services

320

20

Engineering & Maintenance

4,740

780

Environment & Land

2,500

540

Government Services

310

50

Healthcare

4,800

800

Home Services

1,000

120

Hospitality & Food

11,140

1,760

Law & Legal

320

110

Managerial

930

170

Manufacturing

3,250

800

Retail & Sales

21,720

4,910

Science & Research

630

130

Social Care

3,270

400

Sports & Leisure

3,020

640

Teaching & Education

5,760

1,110

Transport

450

60

Travel & Tourism

500

80

Figures may not add up to provided totals due to rounding. 1,000 non-grant funded jobs are included in Jobs Advertised but not included under Jobs Started. Total jobs started includes those which have been completed or ended early.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)