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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
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, 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
unstar this property uin HL2398 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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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 more like this
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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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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
102069
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-31more like thismore than 2014-10-31
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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
star this property hansard heading Pensions: Financial Assistance Scheme more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of members of pension schemes who did not receive a tax-free lump sum on receipt of pension in the few months prior to the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) regulations adopted in April 2010, which allowed members who were not already in receipt of pension payments to give up some of their FAS assistance for a lump sum payment on transfer of the scheme to FAS. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock more like this
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Sandra Osborne more like this
unstar this property uin 212827 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>The FAS may pay members of schemes which transfer their assets to government a tax-free lump sum when payments begin, provided their scheme has not paid them during the winding up period. In the three months from January to March 2010, 263 such members were paid a scheme pension and did not receive a tax-free lump sum.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-11-07T12:33:14.7876456Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-07T12:33:14.7876456Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sandra Osborne more like this
106119
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
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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
star this property hansard heading Pay more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Instant Rewards of what value were given to his Department's officials in (a) 2013 and (b) 2014 to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barrow and Furness more like this
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John Woodcock more like this
unstar this property uin 213078 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>DWP employees up to Grade 6 are eligible to be nominated for an in-year performance award. These are one-off payments, made to recognise exceptional achievements and/or contributions to business performance. In-year awards can be made at any time during the performance year and are paid either as retail vouchers between £25 and £50 or cash payments of £50 or above. Senior Civil Servants are not eligible to receive these payments. The total amount available for in-year awards is 0.23% of total paybill.</p><p> </p><p>During the 2013/14 financial year 100,585 in-year awards, worth £5,030,126 were made, which equates to 0.19% of paybill.</p><p> </p><p>Between April and Sept 2014 41,370 in-year awards, with a value of £1,778,015, were made, which equates to 0.15% of paybill.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-11-07T13:00:01.2931195Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-07T13:00:01.2931195Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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3917
star this property label Biography information for John Woodcock more like this
106120
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
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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
star this property hansard heading Freedom of Information more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on legal fees over prevention of release of information requested by Freedom of Information requests since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barrow and Furness more like this
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John Woodcock more like this
unstar this property uin 213119 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>Legal costs relating to Freedom of Information litigation are not held centrally by the Department. Determining these costs since 2010 would exceed the disproportionate limit.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-11-07T13:03:54.9048233Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-07T13:03:54.9048233Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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3917
star this property label Biography information for John Woodcock more like this
106121
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
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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
star this property hansard heading Mobile Phones more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent on iPhones in each year since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barrow and Furness more like this
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John Woodcock more like this
unstar this property uin 213167 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>iPhone expenditure since 2010 (by financial year):</p><p> </p><p>2010/11 = £0.00</p><p>2011/12 = £1,627.91</p><p>2012/13 = £883.20</p><p>2013/14 = £552.64</p><p>2014/15* = £157.65 (*up to 5<sup>th</sup> October 2014)</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>(values are inclusive of VAT)</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-11-07T13:07:26.7676558Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-07T13:07:26.7676558Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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3917
star this property label Biography information for John Woodcock more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-31more like thismore than 2014-10-31
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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
star this property hansard heading Employment and Support Allowance: Disqualification more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for how long the average employment and support allowance sanction lasted in each year since 2008. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bishop Auckland more like this
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Helen Goodman more like this
unstar this property uin 212843 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>The information requested in relation to both Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) sanction durations is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 212844 more like this
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less than 2014-11-07T14:20:38.8088818Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-07T14:20:38.8088818Z
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4084
star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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1484
star this property label Biography information for Helen Goodman more like this
102077
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-31more like thismore than 2014-10-31
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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
star this property hansard heading Jobseeker's Allowance: Disqualification more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for how long the average jobseeker's allowance sanction lasted in each year since 2008. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bishop Auckland more like this
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Helen Goodman more like this
unstar this property uin 212844 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The information requested in relation to both Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) sanction durations is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 212843 more like this
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less than 2014-11-07T14:20:38.9189091Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-07T14:20:38.9189091Z
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4084
star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Helen Goodman more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-31more like thismore than 2014-10-31
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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
star this property hansard heading Vacancies: Internet more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate he has made of the number of duplicate job postings on the Universal Jobmatch website. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dudley North more like this
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Ian Austin more like this
unstar this property uin 212796 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>We have rigorous checks built into the service, which help to detect, deter and remedy inappropriate use of the site. When we identify a duplicate job, we remove it.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-11-07T14:05:34.0426996Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-07T14:05:34.0426996Z
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4084
star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Ian Austin more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-31more like thismore than 2014-10-31
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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
star this property hansard heading Vacancies: Internet more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of (a) duplicate and (b) expired job postings on the Universal Jobmatch website. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dudley North more like this
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Ian Austin more like this
unstar this property uin 212797 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>(a)We have rigorous checks built into the service, which help to detect, deter and remedy inappropriate use of the site. When we identify a duplicate job, we remove it.</p><p>(b) When an employer posts a job they set an expiry date which they can change at any time or close the job earlier when it is filled. However, to maintain the system, the UJ service will automatically set an expiry date of 60 days.</p><p> </p><p>However, if we are informed that a job is no longer available we will investigate and ensure the vacancy is expired if appropriate. This can be done by using the 'Contact Us' facility within Universal Jobmatch.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-11-07T14:09:56.1516595Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-07T14:09:56.1516595Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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1511
star this property label Biography information for Ian Austin more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
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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
star this property hansard heading Employment and Support Allowance: Ethnic Groups more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) number and (b) proportion of people claiming employment and support allowance are classified as BME. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
unstar this property uin 213308 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The information requested on the number of Employment and Support Allowance recipients, by ethnicity is published at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dwp-statistics-tabulation-tool" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dwp-statistics-tabulation-tool</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The figures can be then used to calculate the proportions of the total caseload required.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Guidance for users is available at:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-tabulation-tool-guidance" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-tabulation-tool-guidance</a></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2014-11-07T12:28:06.6261159Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-07T12:28:06.6261159Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this