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star this property date less than 2018-11-06more like thismore than 2018-11-06
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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unstar 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 Universal Credit: Children more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their decision to extend the policy to provide Universal Tax Credit to a maximum of two children to new Universal Credit claimants from February 2019, whether there will be an exception for families with three or more children who were born before 6 April 2017. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
star this property uin HL11318 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
unstar this property answer text <p>Since 6 April 2017 families with third and subsequent children born on or after this date are able to claim additional support through Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit for their first two children only. This maximum support will also apply to entirely new claims to Universal Credit on or after 1 February 2019, regardless of the date of birth of their children.</p><p> </p><p>Claimants that are already receiving support for those born before 6 April 2017 will continue to do so. If they subsequently move to or reclaim Universal Credit (following a break in claim of less than 6 months) they will receive the child element for the same number of children they were previously. This will apply both if they naturally migrate following a significant change of circumstances or are moved as part of managed migration, so long as they remain responsible for the same children.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2018-11-20T17:10:57.263Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T17:10:57.263Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-02-19more like thismore than 2019-02-19
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Universal Credit more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Social Metrics Commission A new measure for poverty for the UK, published in September 2018, what steps they are taking to ensure working parents with more than two children and who are claiming Universal Credit are not being pushed further into poverty due to the cost of childcare. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
star this property uin HL13861 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-25more like thismore than 2019-02-25
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to supporting parents with moving into work, and as part of this we have increased the level of support for childcare costs from 70% in legacy benefits to up to 85% in Universal Credit. This means that working families claiming Universal Credit can reclaim up to 85% of their eligible childcare costs each month up to £646.35 for one child and £1,108.04 for two or more children. The Universal Credit childcare policy aligns with the wider government childcare offer, which includes free childcare hours and tax free childcare. This offer means that reasonable childcare costs should not form a barrier to work.</p><p> </p><p>Where upfront childcare costs or deposits may prevent a claimant from starting work, jobcentres have been instructed to use the Flexible Support Fund to support the transition into work. When parents have good reason for late reporting of their childcare costs, the Department is piloting a more flexible approach to enable parents to be reimbursed at a later point.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-02-25T16:50:06.58Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-25T16:50:06.58Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-21more like thismore than 2019-03-21
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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unstar 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 more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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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 was the sample size used to inform the design of the benefit cap policy. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
star this property uin HL14730 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-03more like thismore than 2019-04-03
unstar this property answer text <p>The rationale behind the benefit cap policy is set out in the Impact Assessment, which supported the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. The final update was published in August 2016 and is attached.</p><p> </p><p>DWP and HMRC administrative data was used to inform the design of the benefit cap policy, and sample data was not used.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-04-03T16:07:11.737Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-03T16:07:11.737Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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star this property file name welfare-reform-and-work-act-impact-assessment-for-the-benefit-cap.pdf more like this
star this property title Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 Impact Assessment more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-26more like thismore than 2019-03-26
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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unstar 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 more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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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 how many families are subject to the benefit cap. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
star this property uin HL14822 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-04more like thismore than 2019-04-04
unstar this property answer text <p>Households can have their benefits capped either under Housing Benefit, or under Universal Credit, and the latest statistics were published in February 2019, covering households capped to November 2018.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Point-in-time caseload: Number of households capped by family type at November 2018, GB</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Total</p></td><td><p>Single, no child dependant</p></td><td><p>Single, with child dependant(s)</p></td><td><p>Couple, no child dependant</p></td><td><p>Couple, with child dependant(s)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Housing Benefit</strong></p></td><td><p>52,650</p></td><td><p>3,540</p></td><td><p>38,850</p></td><td><p>40</p></td><td><p>10,210</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Universal Credit</strong></p></td><td><p>9,810</p></td><td><p>1,600</p></td><td><p>5,920</p></td><td><p>..</p></td><td><p>2,290</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>Data Sources:</strong> DWP 100% Single Housing Benefit Extract and DWP Universal Credit Official Statistics Database</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Table Notes:</strong></p><ol><li>Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Numbers less than 10 have been replaced with '..'</li><li>Figures include households that have had their Housing Benefit or Universal Credit full service capped. Universal Credit full service is available to all claimant types but only in certain areas of the country at November 2018.</li><li>Figures for Universal Credit may be revised in future publications, as Universal Credit awards may be retrospectively revised.</li></ol><p> </p><p>The Housing Benefit caseload data is taken from DWP Stat-Xplore, whilst the Universal Credit caseload data is taken from the official statistics caseload tables, published on 7th Feb 2019.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-04-04T16:01:20.17Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-04T16:01:20.17Z
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star this property date less than 2019-03-26more like thismore than 2019-03-26
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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unstar 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 more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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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 estimate they have made of the number of households subject to the benefit cap that have moved into work in comparison with the number of households that have moved into work that are not subject to that cap. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
star this property uin HL14823 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department published its evaluation of the original benefit cap levels “Benefit cap: Analysis of Outcomes of capped claimants” in December 2014. From the findings the Government estimated that capped households were 4.7 percentage points (41%) more likely to flow into work after a year compared to similar uncapped households.</p><p> </p><p>Households working more than 16 hours a week and eligible for working tax credits or entitled to Universal Credit and earning at least £542 (£569 from April 2019) a month are exempt from the benefit cap.</p><p> </p><p>Statistics published on 7 February 2019 show that in November 2018, out of a total of 196,840 capped Housing Benefit awards since May 2013, 55,360 were no longer capped because they had moved into work. In addition, out of a total of 19,660 Universal Credit awards capped since October 2016, 2,420 were no longer capped because they had earnings above the earnings threshold (currently £542). These figures will include some households that would have moved into work in the absence of the cap.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-04-02T16:28:37.497Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-02T16:28:37.497Z
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star this property date less than 2017-03-27more like thismore than 2017-03-27
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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unstar 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 Poverty more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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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, in the light of the Households Below Average Income statistics revealing that 3.2 million adults in working families were in relative poverty in 2015–16, what action they will take to reduce in-work poverty. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
star this property uin HL6346 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-04-06more like thismore than 2017-04-06
unstar this property answer text <p>Latest statistics to 2016 show 3.2 million working-age adults in working families living in relative low income before housing costs. This compares with 2.8 million in 2010. In terms of percentages, in 2016 this equates to 8% of all working-age adults and similarly in 2010 this was also 8% of all working-age adults.</p><p> </p><p>However there are currently record numbers of people in work – 2.8 million more since 2010. As a consequence, this has resulted in some increases in the number of individuals in work and in low income.</p><p> </p><p>We realise that some people first moving into work might be in low income in the short term. But by being in work they have the opportunity of increasing their earnings, rather than just being left to live a life on benefits.</p><p> </p><p>We are introducing Universal Credit and this is revolutionising the welfare system by making work pay. Universal Credit contains structural incentives to encourage people to work more and earn more. It is simple and as people’s earnings increase their payments reduce at a steady rate (there are no cliff edges), so it is clear to them that they will always be better off working and earning more.</p><p> </p><p>We have also increased the tax free Personal Allowance so that people can earn more and keep more of what they earn and introduced the National Living Wage. The tax-free personal allowance will be £11,500 in April 2017, a major step towards our goal of reaching £12,500 by 2021. As of April 2017, a typical basic rate taxpayer will pay over £1,000 less income tax, compared to 2010-11. This will be an income tax cut for over 30 million people and will mean taking 4 million of the lowest paid out of income tax completely during the last Parliament. The introduction of the National Living Wage, means a full-time worker previously on the national minimum wage is now £900 a year better off.‎</p><p> </p><p>These changes, combined with the highest employment rate on record – mean that work continues to be the best route out of low income. Just 6% of working-age adults in households where everyone is working are in relative low income before housing costs, compared to nearly half (46%) of adults in workless households.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Henley more like this
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less than 2017-04-06T15:20:53.457Zmore like thismore than 2017-04-06T15:20:53.457Z
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star this property date less than 2017-10-12more like thismore than 2017-10-12
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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unstar 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 Universal Credit more like this
unstar this property house id 2 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 impact of Universal Credit on the employment outcomes for families with children and other new claimants in full service areas. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
star this property uin HL1942 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-19more like thismore than 2017-10-19
unstar this property answer text <p>Universal Credit is transforming lives across the country. People on Universal Credit put more effort into finding work and move into work faster. Record numbers of people are in work, unemployment is at a record low and once it is fully rolled out, Universal Credit will boost employment by around 250,000.</p><p>The Government recognises that high childcare costs can affect decisions to take up paid work or increase working hours. To help overcome this barrier to employment we increased the level of support for childcare costs within Universal Credit from 70 per cent to 85 per cent. This support is available to lone parents and couples who are in paid work regardless of the number of hours they work.</p><p>Support for childcare costs in Universal Credit aligns with the Government’s wider childcare offer, in particular the additional 15 hours’ of free childcare available to working parents of three and four year olds from September and the gradual introduction of Tax-Free Childcare for working parents of children aged up to 12 and disabled children aged up to 17.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-10-19T14:10:20.02Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-19T14:10:20.02Z
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star this property date less than 2017-10-12more like thismore than 2017-10-12
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Private Rented Housing more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to increase access to Managed Payment to Landlord Alternative Payment Arrangements for private tenants who have difficulty budgeting on a monthly basis. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
star this property uin HL1943 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-25more like thismore than 2017-10-25
unstar this property answer text <p>We have introduced an initiative to make our work coaches “Housing Confident”. Housing Confident means Work Coaches are better able to identify claimants who may be experiencing housing pressure. It also focusses on how work coaches support our claimants and introduce Alternative Payment Arrangements, including Managed Payment to Landlords where necessary.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-10-25T14:35:15.337Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-25T14:35:15.337Z
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star this property date less than 2017-10-16more like thismore than 2017-10-16
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Universal Credit more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 9 October (HC Deb, col 4), whether they will publish the evidence supporting his statement that the roll-out of Universal Credit will mean that 250,000 more people will be in work. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
star this property uin HL2020 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-30more like thismore than 2017-10-30
unstar this property answer text <p>In total, it is estimated that Universal Credit will help more than 250,000 people move into employment.</p><p> </p><p>There are a number of features of Universal Credit (UC) which we estimate will drive this increase in participation:</p><p> </p><p>1. Increased financial incentives to move into work – UC has better incentives to increase hours of work, meaning workers keep a higher proportion of their additional earnings, with a guarantee that work always pays.</p><p> </p><p>We have estimated the impact of financial incentives by combining academic evidence on people’s responses to previous welfare system reforms, and the Department’s Policy Simulation Model. The Policy Simulation Model was used to estimate changes in gains from work and disposable income (i.e. drivers of income and substitution effects) for different groups due to the introduction of Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>We estimate that increased financial incentives will result in around 150,000 more people in employment under UC in steady state.</p><p> </p><p>2. Increased intensity of work search under Universal Credit. Conditionality is extended under UC to certain groups that were not subject to conditionality under the legacy system, meaning they will get work coach support and encouragement to seek work, and will sign a claimant commitment to spend up to 35 hours (depending on their circumstances and any caring responsibilities) a week seeking work.</p><p> </p><p>The conditionality regime in Universal Credit has a wider reach than the equivalent JSA regime in the legacy benefit system. We use evidence of the employment impacts from trials of labour market interventions to estimate the increase in employment for these groups experiencing conditionality for the first time. We estimate that extended conditionality under UC will result in around 50,000 additional people moving into employment.</p><p> </p><p>3. A smoother and simpler transition into work under Universal Credit. Universal Credit places less administrative burden on the claimant and has a clearer system of allowances and tapers that allow claimants to more easily see the financial benefits of moving into work or increasing their hours.</p><p> </p><p>The estimated employment impacts of UC due to its simplicity are based on research and evaluation evidence of similar reforms in the past. In particular, it draws on evidence from the:</p><p>a) quantitative and qualitative evaluations of mandatory work-focused interviews for lone parents and Better Off Calculations; and</p><p>b) evaluation of In-Work Credit.</p><p> </p><p>We estimated that the move to a single system of working-age benefits, in the form of Universal Credit, will result in around 60,000 more people in employment under UC in steady state.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-10-30T17:32:04.62Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-30T17:32:04.62Z
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star this property date less than 2017-10-25more like thismore than 2017-10-25
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Department for Work and Pensions remove filter
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unstar 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 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 that the four-year freeze on income-related benefits will have on family budgets in England and Wales. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of Durham more like this
star this property uin HL2503 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-02more like thismore than 2017-11-02
unstar this property answer text <p>The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 has frozen the majority of working-age benefits for four tax years, from 2016-17 to 2019-20. The analysis published at the time of the 2015 Budget assesses the impact of the measures in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016. 30 per cent of households were estimated to be impacted by the benefit rate freeze. The average notional loss was estimated to be £6 a week in 2019/20. This analysis does not take into account employment effects in response to our welfare reforms. I attach the analysis to this response.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2017-11-02T15:00:52.86Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-02T15:00:52.86Z
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star this property file name HL2503 Impact Assessment.pdf more like this
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