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To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 11 August (WA 429), how many current employees are members of (a) the National Health Service pension scheme; (b) the Armed Forces pension scheme; and (c) the Police pension scheme; and how many who are eligible to be members are not.[HL11606]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): The Department for Work and Pensions does not have policy responsibility for public service pension schemes and therefore does not hold the employee membership information for these schemes. HM Treasury has overall responsibility for public service pensions policy, but not for the administration and details of individual schemes: such data as requested may be held by the individual pension schemes.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the savings likely to arise to public funds from changing the state pension age for men and women to 66 by April 2022 and either (a) 67 in 2025, or (b) 67 in April 2026; as compared with (1) the current timetable for pension age changes, and (2) that outlined under the timetable proposed in the Pensions Bill currently before Parliament. [HL11987]
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the savings likely to arise to public funds, as compared with the current pension timetable, from changing the state pension age (a) to 66 by April 2026, or (b) equalising the state pension age for men and women at 65 by April 2020 and then raising the state pension age to 66 in April 2022 and 67 by April 2026.[HL11988]
(b) Raising state pension age to 66 by April 2022 and to 67 by April 2026 would create estimated savings of £26.1 billion (in 2011-12 prices) between 2020-21 and 2025-26 and £64.9 billion (in 2011-12 prices) between 2026-27 and 2035-36 compared to the current pension timetable.
This timetable would result in savings of just £1.1 billion (in 2011-12 prices) between 2016-17 and 2020-21. This is significantly lower than the savings of £11.1 billion (in 2011-12 prices) during the same period resulting from the Pensions Bill 2011 timetable.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much development assistance they gave directly to indigenous South Sudanese non-governmental organisations during 2009-10 and 2010-11; and for what activities. [HL11963]
Baroness Northover: Her Majesty's Government do not provide direct funding to South Sudanese non-governmental organisations. However we do fund three programmes that use South Sudanese non-governmental organisations to undertake peace-building activities or to dispense delivery of basic services. The three programmes are: the South Sudan Basic Services Fund, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) South Sudan Recovery Fund and the South Sudan Peace Building Programme.
The BSF has served 20 per cent of the national population (about 2 million people) through BSF funded primary health care clinics and 21 out of 31 targeted new schools have been built and 30,008 students now enrolled. Over 670,000 people have benefited from safe drinking water and improved sanitation through BSF programmes.
Since the inception of round 2 small grants mechanism, 69 local organisations have received grants and have been trained in project management and proposal writing (43 in agriculture, 16 in education and 10 in water and sanitation) funded by the UNDP. The grants have focused on grassroots or localised initiatives in agriculture, education and water and sanitation in all 10 states in South Sudan.
Through the South Sudan Peace Fund approximately 5,494 people have participated in peace building and conflict mitigation activities such as dialogues, civic education courses and livelihoods support such as three pilot projects which work with demobilised women soldiers to assist their social reintegration in to host communities.
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