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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
star this property hansard heading Housing Benefit remove filter
unstar 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
unstar this property uin HL2376 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar 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 more like this
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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
346815
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-05-27
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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
star this property hansard heading Housing Benefit remove filter
unstar 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 plan to make a statement on the adequacy of existing levels of Discretionary Housing Payments, and if so, when. more like this
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Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope more like this
unstar this property uin HL53 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-06-09more like thismore than 2015-06-09
star this property answer text <p>There are no plans for Her Majesty’s Government to make any statement on Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) at this time as the financial and monitoring returns analysis for 2014/15 will be published on the morning of 25<sup>th</sup> June 2015, on the GOV.UK website.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is committed to monitoring the allocation and use of DHPs and has published mid-year and annual reports using data provided by Local Authorities (LAs) which highlight over and under-spending LAs.</p><p> </p><p>The release of this analysis into the public domain demonstrates the Department’s continuing commitment to supporting LAs efforts to use existing housing stock more effectively as, since 2013, the Department has made available £470 million in Discretionary Housing Payment funding, of which a significant sum is returned by LAs each year.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2015-06-09T12:25:14.237Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-09T12:25:14.237Z
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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 Kirkwood of Kirkhope more like this
61563
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star this property date less than 2014-06-12more like thismore than 2014-06-12
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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 Housing Benefit remove filter
unstar 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 which local authorities received additional Discretionary Housing Payment funding from the extra £20 million announced in October 2013; and how much was made available in each case. more like this
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Baroness King of Bow more like this
unstar this property uin HL332 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-06-24more like thismore than 2014-06-24
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>The information that has been requested was published on 24 March 2014 on GOV.UK and can be accessed through the following link:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/295291/s3-2014.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/295291/s3-2014.pdf</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-06-24T14:44:54.6017361Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-24T14:44:54.6017361Z
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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
61564
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-06-12more like thismore than 2014-06-12
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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 Housing Benefit remove filter
unstar 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 how much Discretionary Housing Payment funding made available to local authorities in 2013–14 was unspent and returned to the Department for Work and Pensions at the end of the year. more like this
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Baroness King of Bow more like this
unstar this property uin HL333 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-06-18more like thismore than 2014-06-18
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>The information requested is due to be published shortly as part of wider analysis on the use of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) in 2013/14.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-06-18T13:02:42.620465Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-18T13:02:42.620465Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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143
star this property label Biography information for Baroness King of Bow more like this
78265
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star this property date less than 2014-07-15more like thismore than 2014-07-15
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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 Housing Benefit remove filter
unstar 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 number of housing tenants in arrears since changes to the rules regarding access to Housing Benefit. more like this
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Lord Kennedy of Southwark more like this
unstar this property uin HL1160 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-07-28more like thismore than 2014-07-28
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>The latest figures from the Homes and Community Agency (HCA) show that housing association rent arrears in England up to the end of March this year had fallen for the second quarter in a row and that average rent collections remain at 99%.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-07-28T11:55:57.233281Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-28T11:55:57.233281Z
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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 Kennedy of Southwark more like this
100912
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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 Housing Benefit remove filter
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 local authorities in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned unused discretionary housing payment to his Department in 2013-14. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberconwy more like this
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Guto Bebb more like this
unstar this property uin 221890 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
star this property answer text <p>In 2013-14, 240 local authorities in Great Britain spent less than 100% of their total Government contribution in DHP, of which 5 were in Wales. Thirteen local authorities, of which two were in Wales, reported expenditure which exactly matched their Government contribution.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In June, the Government published an analysis of local authority DHP expenditure in 2013-14, which can be found at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/322455/use-of-discretionary-housing-payments-june-2014.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/322455/use-of-discretionary-housing-payments-june-2014.pdf</a></p><p> </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 2014-10-29T16:26:33.9236354Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T16:26:33.9236354Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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3910
star this property label Biography information for Guto Bebb more like this
100913
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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 Housing Benefit remove filter
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 each local authority in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned to his Department in unused discretionary housing payment funding in 2013-14. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberconwy more like this
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Guto Bebb more like this
unstar this property uin 221891 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Five local authorities in Wales spent less than their 2013-14 Government contribution in Discretionary Housing Payments. These were:</p><p> </p><p><strong>Local Authority Government Contribution Amount Unspent</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Ceredigion</p></td><td><p>£324,933</p></td><td><p>£290</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Conwy</p></td><td><p>£267,700</p></td><td><p>£1,498</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Gwynedd</p></td><td><p>£605,141</p></td><td><p>£20,072</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Newport</p></td><td><p>£343,870</p></td><td><p>£1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Pembrokeshire</p></td><td><p>£193,940</p></td><td><p>£4,176</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Details for all 240 local authorities in Great Britain which spent less than their 2013-14 Government contribution in DHP are provided in the attached annex.</p><p /> <p /> <p>For the remaining 140 local authorities across Great Britain, of which 17 were in Wales, DHP expenditure in 2013-14 either matched or exceeded the Government contribution.</p><p> </p>
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 2014-10-29T16:10:27.4587607Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T16:10:27.4587607Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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star this property file name UnspentDHPGB.PDF more like this
star this property title Unspent DHP GB more like this
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3910
star this property label Biography information for Guto Bebb more like this
61023
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star this property date less than 2014-06-10more like thismore than 2014-06-10
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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
star this property hansard heading Housing Benefit remove filter
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 local authorities in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned unused discretionary housing payment to his Department in 2013-14. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Aberconwy more like this
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Guto Bebb more like this
unstar this property uin 200090 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-06-16more like thismore than 2014-06-16
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>The information requested is due to be published shortly as part of wider analysis on the use of Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) in 2013/14.</p><p><strong> </strong></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 2014-06-16T15:32:26.4687861Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-16T15:32:26.4687861Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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3910
star this property label Biography information for Guto Bebb more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-18more like thismore than 2014-11-18
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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 Housing Benefit remove filter
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, whether responsibility for designating a bedroom for housing benefit purpose lies with his Department or with the social landlord. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Mr Frank Field more like this
unstar this property uin 214855 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-11-21more like thismore than 2014-11-21
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The responsibility for designating a bedroom lies with the social landlord.</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 2014-11-21T12:20:47.56Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-21T12:20:47.56Z
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4084
star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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478
star this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-17more like thismore than 2014-12-17
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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
star this property hansard heading Housing Benefit remove filter
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 and what proportion of annual expenditure on housing benefit is allocated to the costs of administering that benefit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Mr Frank Field more like this
unstar this property uin 219154 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-01-05more like thismore than 2015-01-05
star this property answer text <p /> <p>DWP has contributed £304m to the costs of local authorities administering Housing Benefit for 2015/16. The amount allocated to local authorities for more financial years can be found in the link below.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/housing-benefit-for-local-authorities-subsidy-circulars" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/housing-benefit-for-local-authorities-subsidy-circulars</a></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 2015-01-05T10:14:48.693Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-05T10:14:48.693Z
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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 Frank Field more like this