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Departments: Policy

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what policy changes his Department has implemented since 27 June 2007. (159290)

The Department’s objectives to eradicate child poverty, promote employment opportunity for all, and ensure pensioners have a secure retirement are some of the most challenging social ambitions ever set by Government. This Department is constantly reviewing its policies to ensure that we meet these challenges, and we keep Parliament fully informed of any changes.

Since 27 June, we have made a number of announcements. For example, on 18 July we published In work—better off which contains the Government’s proposals on the next steps towards its aim of full employment. This was accompanied by a statement in the House. On 26 July, the Pensions Act 2007 received Royal Assent. Reforms in the Act will start to come into effect from 2010 onwards and will make state pensions simpler, fairer and more generous.