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star this property date less than 2017-09-05more like thismore than 2017-09-05
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of (1) the future annual cost of ending the freeze on working-age and children's benefits, and (2) what the additional annual cost of those benefits would now be had the freeze not been implemented. more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-09-19more like thismore than 2017-09-19
star this property answer text <p>These estimates can be derived using the published “Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Assessment of the Benefit Rate Freeze” attached.</p><p> </p><p>Using the figures published in the impact assessment for the benefit freeze, we can estimate the annual cost of ending the freeze on working-age and children’s benefits. Assuming the freeze was ended after 2017/18 (such that savings from 2017/18 onwards are constant at £0.9bn), the annual cost of ending the freeze would be £2.7bn by 2020/21.</p><p> </p><p>Assuming the freeze ends after 2017/18, the additional annual cost to working-age and children’s benefits had the freeze not been implemented is £0.9bn per annum.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-09-19T15:19:43.103Zmore like thismore than 2017-09-19T15:19:43.103Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property file name Welfare Reform and Work Bill Impact Assessment of the Benefit rate freeze.pdf more like this
star this property title Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Impact Assessment more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-11-06more like thismore than 2017-11-06
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Buscombe on 30 October (HL Deb, cols 1156–7), what assessment they have made of the impact of the freeze on working-age benefits on incentivising claimants into work. more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-15more like thismore than 2017-11-15
star this property answer text <p>The Government’s assessment of the impact of the benefit freeze is set out in the analysis of the measures in the Welfare Reform and Work Act published at the time of the Summer Budget 2015.</p><p> </p><p>As I said in my response to the Noble Baroness’ question on 30 October, the benefit freeze is part of a package of welfare reforms designed to incentivise claimants into work. These include introducing the National Living Wage, increasing the tax-free personal allowance, providing 30 hours of free childcare to working families in England and rolling out of Universal Credit. Analysis published by the department in September 2017 showed that UC claimants are four percentage points more likely to have been in work at any point within six months of starting their claim than the matched sample of JSA claimants (63 per cent to 59 per cent).</p><p> </p><p>The employment rate now stands at a near record high and the number of children living in workless households has fallen to a record low.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-11-15T17:19:32.71Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-15T17:19:32.71Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property file name HL2942 universal-credit-employment-impact-analysis-update.pdf more like this
star this property title UC Employment Impact Analysis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-25more like thismore than 2019-04-25
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the evaluation of the lower benefit cap they stated would be published in Spring 2019 in the letter from the Minister of Family Support to the Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee dated 18 December 2018. more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-03more like thismore than 2019-05-03
star this property answer text <p>Work on the evaluation of the lower benefit cap is ongoing. The impact evaluation uses a complex methodology that must first isolate the impacts of the lower cap from the original cap, and then analyse how these impacts differ across geographical regions and household types. It is important to ensure that the methodological approach is robust, and the Department has contracted the Institute for Fiscal Studies, independent experts, to advise on the evaluation design and peer review the results for the duration of the project.</p><p> </p><p>Work is progressing well, but in order to ensure that the evaluation design is as rigorous as possible we have decided to extend the timeframe over which we conduct the analysis.</p><p> </p><p>The impact evaluation findings will provide crucial context for the interpretation of the other strands of the evaluation; the claimant survey and local authority case study research undertaken by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen).</p><p> </p><p>The full evaluation will be published when the peer review of the impact evaluation is completed; we now anticipate this to be in Autumn 2019.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-05-03T13:57:03.76Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-03T13:57:03.76Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the current (1) weekly rates of Child Benefit, and (2) monthly rates of Universal Credit standard allowances and child elements; and what would each of those rates have been had they not been frozen for the past four years. more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
star this property answer text <p>Work is the best route out of poverty and for people to be more financially independent. Our welfare reforms are part of the Government’s commitment to incentivise moves into work and progression in work, and to better support working families.</p><p>The Department completed an Impact Assessment titled ‘Welfare Reform and Work Bill: Impact Assessment of the Benefit rate freeze’ in July 2015 which included information surrounding the policy objectives and the intended effects. Benefits for the additional costs of disability, and for carers, are exempt from the benefit freeze.</p><p>Currently the weekly rate of Child Benefit is £20.70 for the eldest or only child and £13.70 for additional children.</p><p>Universal Credit is made up of a standard allowance and any additional amounts which apply to claimants with certain circumstances, such as dependent children. The current monthly rates for the requested Universal Credit components are shown in the tables below.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Standard allowance</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Single and under 25</p></td><td><p>£251.77</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Single and over 25</p></td><td><p>£317.82</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>In a couple and both under 25</p></td><td><p>£395.20 (for both)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>In a couple and either are 25 or over</p></td><td><p>£498.89 (for both)</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong>Child components</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>For the first child</p></td><td><p>£277.08 (born before 6 April 2017) £231.67 (born on or after 6 April 2017)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>For the second or other eligible children</p></td><td><p>£231.67</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>For a disabled or severely disabled child</p></td><td><p>£126.11 or £392.08</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>We are unable to determine what each of the rates would have been had they not been subject to a freeze, as the legacy system is not comparable with Universal Credit.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-07-08T15:17:12.493Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-08T15:17:12.493Z
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star this property date less than 2019-07-03more like thismore than 2019-07-03
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits remove filter
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Buscombe on 25 June (HL Deb, col 1004), what sources they used to inform their statements that the UK (1) delivers the fourth most generous level of welfare support in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), (2) spends more on family benefits than any other country in the G7, and (3) spends the second highest amount on family benefits as a share of GDP, in the OECD. more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
star this property answer text <p>(1) This statement was due to official error. We are the fourth most generous country according to the UN 2019 World Happiness Report. The UK spends £220bn on welfare each year, providing vital financial support for the most vulnerable in society.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>(2) and (3) These two statements come from OECD 2015 data (<a href="https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?datasetcode=SOCX_AGG" target="_blank">https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?datasetcode=SOCX_AGG</a>). 2015 data is used as it is the most recent full data set. Please note that OECD definitions do not always match UK definitions, but insure data is comparable across OECD countries.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-07-17T14:09:48.317Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-17T14:09:48.317Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 8 December (HC Deb, col 633), what specific new steps they are taking to raise awareness of short-term benefit advances. more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
star this property answer text <p /> <p>I refer the Noble Baroness to the oral answer given by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt.Hon. Iain Duncan Smith, Official Report, 8 December 2014, column 633. He set out how the Department for Work and Pensions will be doing much more to raise awareness of Short Term Benefit Advances (STBAs) as recommended by the All-Party Parliamentary inquiry and others, including the Social Security Advisory Committee. This will include providing more information to claimants about STBAs online and in Jobcentres. Staff guidance on STBAs will also be updated and staff reminded of the process for considering an STBA.</p><p> </p><p>A key part of the STBA process is a discussion between the claimant and the Decision Maker to consider the circumstances of the request and make an informed discretionary decision about the claimant’s needs. Such a discussion needs to be had with the claimant and cannot be done online or with a third party.</p><p> </p><p>Benefits are normally paid in arrears and where the Department can pay any benefit due to the claimant it does. Where an STBA can be paid it is usually paid the day after it is first requested by the claimant.</p><p> </p><p>The Government believes the current system for claiming STBAs is simple. All claimants need to do is mention to staff that they will not be able to manage until their payment is due and the STBA process will start. However, the Government has accepted the need to raise awareness of STBAs as set out above.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has made improvements to the hardship process. In July 2014 it strengthened guidance for work coaches so that all claimants are informed about how and when they can make an application for hardship payment and processing times have also been improved.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-12-17T17:21:20.167Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T17:21:20.167Z
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star this property date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will examine "the possibility of allowing advice workers to request automatically short-term benefit advances electronically for their clients" as recommended by the report of the All-Party Parliamentary inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty in Britain. more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
star this property answer text <p>I refer the Noble Baroness to the oral answer given by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt.Hon. Iain Duncan Smith, Official Report, 8 December 2014, column 633. He set out how the Department for Work and Pensions will be doing much more to raise awareness of Short Term Benefit Advances (STBAs) as recommended by the All-Party Parliamentary inquiry and others, including the Social Security Advisory Committee. This will include providing more information to claimants about STBAs online and in Jobcentres. Staff guidance on STBAs will also be updated and staff reminded of the process for considering an STBA.</p><p> </p><p>A key part of the STBA process is a discussion between the claimant and the Decision Maker to consider the circumstances of the request and make an informed discretionary decision about the claimant’s needs. Such a discussion needs to be had with the claimant and cannot be done online or with a third party.</p><p> </p><p>Benefits are normally paid in arrears and where the Department can pay any benefit due to the claimant it does. Where an STBA can be paid it is usually paid the day after it is first requested by the claimant.</p><p> </p><p>The Government believes the current system for claiming STBAs is simple. All claimants need to do is mention to staff that they will not be able to manage until their payment is due and the STBA process will start. However, the Government has accepted the need to raise awareness of STBAs as set out above.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has made improvements to the hardship process. In July 2014 it strengthened guidance for work coaches so that all claimants are informed about how and when they can make an application for hardship payment and processing times have also been improved.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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HL3743 more like this
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less than 2014-12-17T17:21:20.12Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T17:21:20.12Z
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star this property date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation of the All-Party Parliamentary inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty that the Department for Work and Pensions should "automatically consider paying short-term benefit advances if a benefit claim has not been paid within five working days". more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
star this property answer text <p>I refer the Noble Baroness to the oral answer given by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt.Hon. Iain Duncan Smith, Official Report, 8 December 2014, column 633. He set out how the Department for Work and Pensions will be doing much more to raise awareness of Short Term Benefit Advances (STBAs) as recommended by the All-Party Parliamentary inquiry and others, including the Social Security Advisory Committee. This will include providing more information to claimants about STBAs online and in Jobcentres. Staff guidance on STBAs will also be updated and staff reminded of the process for considering an STBA.</p><p> </p><p>A key part of the STBA process is a discussion between the claimant and the Decision Maker to consider the circumstances of the request and make an informed discretionary decision about the claimant’s needs. Such a discussion needs to be had with the claimant and cannot be done online or with a third party.</p><p> </p><p>Benefits are normally paid in arrears and where the Department can pay any benefit due to the claimant it does. Where an STBA can be paid it is usually paid the day after it is first requested by the claimant.</p><p> </p><p>The Government believes the current system for claiming STBAs is simple. All claimants need to do is mention to staff that they will not be able to manage until their payment is due and the STBA process will start. However, the Government has accepted the need to raise awareness of STBAs as set out above.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has made improvements to the hardship process. In July 2014 it strengthened guidance for work coaches so that all claimants are informed about how and when they can make an application for hardship payment and processing times have also been improved.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-12-17T17:21:20.387Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T17:21:20.387Z
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star this property date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to simplify the application process for hardship payments and short-term benefit advances as recommended by the All-Party Parliamentary inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty. more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
star this property answer text <p>I refer the Noble Baroness to the oral answer given by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt.Hon. Iain Duncan Smith, Official Report, 8 December 2014, column 633. He set out how the Department for Work and Pensions will be doing much more to raise awareness of Short Term Benefit Advances (STBAs) as recommended by the All-Party Parliamentary inquiry and others, including the Social Security Advisory Committee. This will include providing more information to claimants about STBAs online and in Jobcentres. Staff guidance on STBAs will also be updated and staff reminded of the process for considering an STBA.</p><p> </p><p>A key part of the STBA process is a discussion between the claimant and the Decision Maker to consider the circumstances of the request and make an informed discretionary decision about the claimant’s needs. Such a discussion needs to be had with the claimant and cannot be done online or with a third party.</p><p> </p><p>Benefits are normally paid in arrears and where the Department can pay any benefit due to the claimant it does. Where an STBA can be paid it is usually paid the day after it is first requested by the claimant.</p><p> </p><p>The Government believes the current system for claiming STBAs is simple. All claimants need to do is mention to staff that they will not be able to manage until their payment is due and the STBA process will start. However, the Government has accepted the need to raise awareness of STBAs as set out above.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has made improvements to the hardship process. In July 2014 it strengthened guidance for work coaches so that all claimants are informed about how and when they can make an application for hardship payment and processing times have also been improved.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-12-17T17:21:20.517Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-17T17:21:20.517Z
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star this property date less than 2015-11-03more like thismore than 2015-11-03
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact on (1) the total number of households whose benefits would be capped under the new limits proposed in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, (2) the number of children in households affected by the cap, and (3) the cost to the public purse, if (a) child benefit, and (b) child tax credits, were not included in the benefits cap. more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-11-17more like thismore than 2015-11-17
star this property answer text <p>The Government set out its assessment of the impacts of the policies in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill on 20th July. These are available on the Parliament website.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2015-11-17T15:01:29.3Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-17T15:01:29.3Z
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