Press briefing 18 September 2012
Tuesday 18 September 2012 Cabinet, Afghanistan, honours, benefits, pensions, Tsars were discussed at this press briefing
The PMS detailed the discussions at Cabinet. The Foreign Secretary reported on the UN General Assembly, Afghanistan and Embassy security. The Chancellor provided an update on the economy and the Eurozone. There was a discussion of the honours system led by Sir Bob Kerslake. The Work and Pensions Secretary outlined the launch of pensions auto [...]
Asked whether the UK Government was consulted on the NATO decision to change the manner of joint operations with Afghan forces, the PMS said that there had been a number of attacks in recent weeks including the attack on Camp Bastion. We kept our procedures under review and took the safety of our armed forces [...]
Asked what Sir Bob Kerslake said on the honours system, the PMS said that there was a quinquennial review undertaken by a committee chaired by Sir Bob Kerslake. The discussion was an opportunity for the Cabinet to feed in its views. Asked whether the forfeiture committee was brought up at Cabinet, the PMS said that it [...]
Asked whether there were any plans to change or modify the flat rate pension, the PMS said a White Paper would be published later in the year and it would outline the key features of the system. Asked whether the PM had asked for a review, the PMS said that the White Paper had not been [...]
Asked about speculation that the Government was actively considering not uprating benefits in line with inflation, the PMS said that benefit levels were reviewed every year. There was an announcement made setting out the levels for the following year. An important exception to this was the triple lock on pensions, which was a commitment for [...]
Asked why the PM appointed Government Tsars, the PMS said that it was sometimes good to get the support of people with particular expertise to improve policy making.
Press briefing afternoon 17 September 2012
Monday 17 September 2012 Green belt, aid and Lord Ashcroft were discussed in this press briefing
Asked if the Green Belt was safe for the time being or until after the party conferences, the PMS said that the Government encouraged councils to examine flexibilities in the current planning regime. We had a national planning framework, which had been published recently and there are no plans to change that.
Asked if the PM agreed with Lord Ashcroft when he said it was time to turn off the ‘golden tap of aid’, the PMS said that we have very clear aid commitments and we were sticking to them. Asked what the aid commitments were, the PMS said that there is a commitment to spend 0.7% of [...]
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