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star this property date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Unemployed People: Travel 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 financial assistance is given to help young people on benefits with the travel costs associated with attending job interviews. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL2224 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
star this property answer text <p /> <p>All Jobcentre Plus District Managers have access to the Flexible Support Fund, that they can use to supplement mainstream services and to tailor support to the needs of individuals and the local area. A proportion of this fund will be spent by their Work Services Teams on discretionary awards to individual claimants, which could include helping with travel costs to attend job interviews.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-10-23T15:06:09.3638452Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-23T15:06:09.3638452Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
100567
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-22more like thismore than 2014-10-22
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading Welfare Assistance Schemes more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
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 their decision not to contest the judicial review of the decision to cease funding for Local Welfare Assistance, whether they will reinstate that funding for 2015–16. more like this
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Baroness King of Bow more like this
star this property uin HL2304 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
star this property answer text <p>From April 2015 it was intended funding for local welfare provision would be funded from the general grant to Local Government. The general grant took this into account.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has agreed to look again at how funding is provided for in 2015/16. Any decisions will be taken after we have reviewed how the current funds have been used and the on-going consultation and equality analysis on 2015/16 funding being co-ordinated by the Department for Communities and Local Government.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-10-29T15:16:01.1221704Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T15:16:01.1221704Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness King of Bow more like this
100645
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading Housing Benefit more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government why housing benefit overpayments increased to £1.4 billion in 2013–14 and how they are addressing the issue. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL2376 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Housing Benefit is a complex benefit administered by 380 Local Authorities. It has a high proportion of in-work claimants and this caseload is more likely to undergo changes in circumstances than out-of-work claimants. If claimants fail to report changes in circumstances correctly and in a timely manner then overpayments will occur.</p><p>The rate of fraud in Housing Benefit has been stable for many years at 1.4% since 2008-09. Official error has also remained relatively stable over the last six years, currently standing at 0.6% which is the same level as in 2008-09. Claimant error has increased from 2.7% in 2008-09 to 3.8% in 2013-14.</p><p>The rise in HB claimant error is primarily earnings related and a consequence of failure to report these changes. DWP is taking action to deal with this issue through better data sharing with Local Authorities, such as the introduction of real time information (RTI) on earnings, so that local authorities are alerted to changes quickly and do not have to rely on the claimant informing them of changes.</p><p>Longer term, Housing Benefit for working age claimants will be replaced by the housing cost element of Universal Credit and will be paid as a single monthly payment with the other elements. This will reduce the opportunity for Fraud and Error and prevent overpayments from occurring.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-11-04T15:11:36.0906958Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-04T15:11:36.0906958Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4289
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Manzoor more like this
100930
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star this property date less than 2014-10-24more like thismore than 2014-10-24
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
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 steps they are taking to reduce the cost of benefit fraud, what they propose to do, and how much they plan to spend, to reduce underpayments to claimants due to mistakes by officials or claimants. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
star this property uin HL2398 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-07more like thismore than 2014-11-07
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The Department takes both under and overpayments seriously and has in place a number of initiatives to address the errors that cause them. These activities address fraud as well as error, and both under and overpayments. It is therefore not possible to separate out the cost of activities focused exclusively on underpayments as a result of error.</p><p> </p><p>Universal Credit will make the welfare system simpler by replacing six benefits and credits with a single monthly payment. This simplification is expected to lead to a reduction in fraud and error due to the fact that information about claimants will be held in one place and updated more frequently and easily.</p><p> </p><p>For claimants that have income taxed under PAYE, Universal Credit will be linked to HMRC’s Real Time Information system, which will provide an automatic monthly update of their income thus reducing the potential for both error and fraud.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has invested in compliance activity, so that case correctness is maintained and fraud and error entering the system are detected and resolved quickly. Across all delivery arms there is a focus on accuracy and quality, including a continuous quality checking regime to review claims and check processing accuracy.</p><p> </p><p>We constantly review claims by checking them against data coming into our systems, in order to highlight potential anomalies. We do this by using business rules which focus on potential error to identify both under and overpayments.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is taking steps to encourage claimants to ensure that the information provided to us is accurate and up-to-date. This includes a fraud and error communications campaign about driving behaviour change and emphasising that claimants must report any change of circumstances.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-11-07T13:39:35.2324599Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-07T13:39:35.2324599Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this
100946
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star this property date less than 2014-10-24more like thismore than 2014-10-24
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading Industrial Health and Safety: Agriculture more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
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 latest figures they have of the number of fatal and serious accidents occurring in the farming industry. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
star this property uin HL2414 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
star this property answer text <p>These figures are published on the Health and Safety Executive’s website: <a href="http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/industry/agriculture/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/industry/agriculture/index.htm</a>. They can also be found in the published report attached, “Health and safety in agriculture in Great Britain, 2014” on pages 6 and 7.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-11-04T15:42:22.2750575Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-04T15:42:22.2750575Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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star this property file name HSE Agri Stats.pdf more like this
unstar this property title Health and Safety in agriculture in Great Britain more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
100959
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star this property date less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading Food Banks more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
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 percentage of people using food banks who also receive benefits; and whether they have any plans to discuss the matter with the organisers of food banks or to adapt benefits to take account of the situation. more like this
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Baroness Gould of Potternewton more like this
star this property uin HL2415 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
star this property answer text <p /> <p>DWP does not monitor or estimate the percentage of people using food banks.</p><p> </p><p>We recognise the extremely valuable work of civil society in supporting local communities. Government officials and Ministers routinely meet with a range of civil society organisations, some of which may be connected to foodbanks.</p><p> </p><p>DWP reforms are already making the benefits system simpler and helping claimants to move into work.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-11-04T14:50:14.1847305Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-04T14:50:14.1847305Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Gould of Potternewton more like this
100980
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star this property date less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading Jobseeker's Allowance Sanctions Independent Review more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
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 remarks by Lord Freud on 21 October that they were "taking forward all recommendations" of the Oakley Report on Jobseeker's Allowance sanctions (HL Deb, col 547), whether they will provide an implementation date for each of the recommendations. more like this
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Baroness Lister of Burtersett more like this
star this property uin HL2436 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
star this property answer text <p /> <p>We have already published our response to the Oakley Report and a copy can be found here:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/332137/jsa-sanctions-independent-review-government-response.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/332137/jsa-sanctions-independent-review-government-response.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p>We are considering all recommendations made by the Oakley Report and we have already implemented a number of improvements. Our response sets out a number of target completion dates for recommendations made by the Oakley Report.</p><p> </p><p>We will look at the remaining recommendations and will keep the House informed on progress and implementation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-11-04T16:26:08.4996744Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-04T16:26:08.4996744Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud 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 2014-11-10more like thismore than 2014-11-10
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading State Retirement Pensions more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take action to ensure that the state pension is treated as a contributory pension and not a welfare benefit. more like this
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Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
star this property uin HL2791 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The state pension is based on the National Insurance contributions a person has paid or been credited with and it is paid out of the National Insurance Fund. The state pension is technically and legally a benefit and has been so since the 1946 National Insurance Act. The Government does not include the state pension in the Welfare Cap.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-11-17T14:18:57.153Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-17T14:18:57.153Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Stoddart of Swindon more like this
155667
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star this property date less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading Work Capability Assessment more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether people who are undergoing a work capability assessment because of mental health problems are guaranteed assessment by health professionals who have psychiatric expertise. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL2851 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-25more like thismore than 2014-11-25
star this property answer text <p /> <p>All healthcare professionals who carry out work capability assessments on behalf of the DWP are fully trained in disability assessment and are registered with their respective Regulatory Body. Healthcare professionals receive comprehensive training in the functional effects of mental health conditions. In addition all health professionals are supported by mental function champions who have specialist knowledge of mental health conditions and provide support and best practice advice.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-11-25T14:38:05.007Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-25T14:38:05.007Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
155685
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star this property date less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they have provided for locally delivered Universal Support in the Universal Credit Pathfinder areas; what funding is planned for the roll-out in 2015; and how much of any such funding will be targeted at front-line delivery, as opposed to "enabling" activities (such as assessing needs and provision in an area, and co-ordinating existing services). more like this
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
star this property uin HL2869 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-01more like thismore than 2014-12-01
star this property answer text <p /> <p>We have provided funding in the pathfinder sites and all current live Universal Credit sites through Delivery Partnership Agreements (DPAs) which were based on local agreement as to the likely level on need for support in each area.</p><p> </p><p>From February 2015, Universal Credit will rollout to new single claimants who would currently be eligible for Jobseekers Allowance across all remaining jobcentres and local authorities. This provides the opportunity to build a secure platform for the introduction of Universal Support by mobilising local partnerships nationwide, putting in place a robust infrastructure for more complex and vulnerable claimants.</p><p> </p><p>The Department will put in place Delivery Partnership Agreements (DPAs) with local authorities. As in the current live sites these will provide a framework to make available funded support for those who need additional help.</p><p> </p><p>How much funding is targeted for specific purposes by the Department will be determined by the individual partnerships, based on local need.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-12-01T15:25:45.16Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-01T15:25:45.16Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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3785
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this