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star this property registered interest false more like this
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
unstar 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 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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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 remove filter
156482
star this property registered interest false more like this
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 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 position of the government of the Republic of Ireland in respect of disregarding monies paid under its scheme to compensate sufferers of abuse in the Magdalene laundries and other institutions for the purposes of calculating benefits, why such payments are not disregarded, as a consequence of being made in response to a personal injury, in relation to benefits otherwise payable to such sufferers resident in the United Kingdom. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Beecham more like this
unstar this property uin HL2924 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 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The Government has sympathy for the women who suffered by their admission to and work in the Magdalen institutions. However, payments made under the Republic of Ireland’s <em>ex gratia</em> scheme do not meet GB legal criteria to be treated as personal injury payments. The payments are not being made ‘in consequence of any personal injury’, but are made in consequence of being admitted to a laundry, regardless of the effects. The amount each woman will receive is dependent on the length of time spent in the laundries and not on the specific effect that it has had on their health. They are also being made as part of a broader process of restorative justice by the Republic of Ireland Government.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has no plans to amend GB income-related benefit legislation to include specific disregards along the lines of the schemes mentioned. There is already provision in the benefit system to disregard payments made in respect of personal injury to avoid the need to disregard specific payments on an <em>ad hoc</em> basis. To amend legislation as new compensation schemes are introduced would add complexity to the benefit system and its administration.</p><p> </p><p>There is already provision in legislation to disregard some elements of the <em>ex gratia </em>payments. For example, Pension Credit – the income-related benefit most likely to be claimed - has no capital cut off limit. Where compensation in excess of the €50,000 lump sum maximum <em>ex gratia</em> award is payable as weekly payments, these will be disregarded under current Pension Credit and pension age Housing Benefit legislation.</p><p> </p><p>We understand that as of 6 August 2014 there had been a total number of approximately 760 applications to the scheme, around 160 of which were from UK residents. However, neither information regarding the number of UK applicants who are also in receipt of Pension Credit or other benefits, nor the amount of any <em>ex gratia</em> payments made is available. We are therefore unable to estimate the potential cost of a disregard.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL2925 more like this
HL2926 more like this
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less than 2014-11-24T14:37:32.967Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-24T14:37:32.967Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4181
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156483
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-18more like thismore than 2014-11-18
star this property answering body
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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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of potential applicants for United Kingdom benefits who have received compensation for abuse in the Magdalene laundries and other institutions under the scheme established by the government of the Republic of Ireland; and what is their estimate of the cost which would arise from a disregard being applied to such applications. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
unstar this property uin HL2925 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 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
star this property answer text <p>The Government has sympathy for the women who suffered by their admission to and work in the Magdalen institutions. However, payments made under the Republic of Ireland’s <em>ex gratia</em> scheme do not meet GB legal criteria to be treated as personal injury payments. The payments are not being made ‘in consequence of any personal injury’, but are made in consequence of being admitted to a laundry, regardless of the effects. The amount each woman will receive is dependent on the length of time spent in the laundries and not on the specific effect that it has had on their health. They are also being made as part of a broader process of restorative justice by the Republic of Ireland Government.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has no plans to amend GB income-related benefit legislation to include specific disregards along the lines of the schemes mentioned. There is already provision in the benefit system to disregard payments made in respect of personal injury to avoid the need to disregard specific payments on an <em>ad hoc</em> basis. To amend legislation as new compensation schemes are introduced would add complexity to the benefit system and its administration.</p><p> </p><p>There is already provision in legislation to disregard some elements of the <em>ex gratia </em>payments. For example, Pension Credit – the income-related benefit most likely to be claimed - has no capital cut off limit. Where compensation in excess of the €50,000 lump sum maximum <em>ex gratia</em> award is payable as weekly payments, these will be disregarded under current Pension Credit and pension age Housing Benefit legislation.</p><p> </p><p>We understand that as of 6 August 2014 there had been a total number of approximately 760 applications to the scheme, around 160 of which were from UK residents. However, neither information regarding the number of UK applicants who are also in receipt of Pension Credit or other benefits, nor the amount of any <em>ex gratia</em> payments made is available. We are therefore unable to estimate the potential cost of a disregard.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL2924 more like this
HL2926 more like this
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less than 2014-11-24T14:37:33.077Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-24T14:37:33.077Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4181
star this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham remove filter
156484
star this property registered interest false more like this
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 Social Security Benefits more like this
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 have any plans to amend the relevant regulations to include specific disregards for payments to compensate sufferers of abuse in the Magdalene laundries and other institutions for the purposes of calculating benefits along the lines of those established for the McFarlane (Special Payments) Trusts, MFET Limited, the Skipton Fund and the Caxton Foundation; and if not, why not. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Beecham more like this
unstar this property uin HL2926 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 2014-11-24more like thismore than 2014-11-24
star this property answer text <p>The Government has sympathy for the women who suffered by their admission to and work in the Magdalen institutions. However, payments made under the Republic of Ireland’s <em>ex gratia</em> scheme do not meet GB legal criteria to be treated as personal injury payments. The payments are not being made ‘in consequence of any personal injury’, but are made in consequence of being admitted to a laundry, regardless of the effects. The amount each woman will receive is dependent on the length of time spent in the laundries and not on the specific effect that it has had on their health. They are also being made as part of a broader process of restorative justice by the Republic of Ireland Government.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has no plans to amend GB income-related benefit legislation to include specific disregards along the lines of the schemes mentioned. There is already provision in the benefit system to disregard payments made in respect of personal injury to avoid the need to disregard specific payments on an <em>ad hoc</em> basis. To amend legislation as new compensation schemes are introduced would add complexity to the benefit system and its administration.</p><p> </p><p>There is already provision in legislation to disregard some elements of the <em>ex gratia </em>payments. For example, Pension Credit – the income-related benefit most likely to be claimed - has no capital cut off limit. Where compensation in excess of the €50,000 lump sum maximum <em>ex gratia</em> award is payable as weekly payments, these will be disregarded under current Pension Credit and pension age Housing Benefit legislation.</p><p> </p><p>We understand that as of 6 August 2014 there had been a total number of approximately 760 applications to the scheme, around 160 of which were from UK residents. However, neither information regarding the number of UK applicants who are also in receipt of Pension Credit or other benefits, nor the amount of any <em>ex gratia</em> payments made is available. We are therefore unable to estimate the potential cost of a disregard.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
HL2924 more like this
HL2925 more like this
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less than 2014-11-24T14:37:32.853Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-24T14:37:32.853Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4181
star this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham remove filter
166104
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-25more like thismore than 2014-11-25
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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: Fraud more like this
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 in how many localities, and at what cost, they have contracted with bus companies or public transport bodies to display advertisements on buses calling on people who know "benefit cheats" to inform the Department for Work and Pensions. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
unstar this property uin HL3162 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 2014-12-09more like thismore than 2014-12-09
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Advertising on buses was targeted in 25 local authority areas at a cost of £219,786.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-12-09T16:40:33.423Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-09T16:40:33.423Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4181
star this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham remove filter
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-10-14more like thismore than 2015-10-14
star this property answering body
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 more like this
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 they expect to save in housing benefit payments as the result of requiring local authorities to reduce the rents of council housing. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
unstar this property uin HL2620 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 2015-10-20more like thismore than 2015-10-20
star this property answer text <p>Estimates of the total benefit savings due to the reductions in social rent announced in the 2015 Summer Budget were presented in the associated policy costings publication.</p><br /><p>The rent reduction will apply to both council housing and housing associations, and the estimated savings include Housing Benefit and Universal Credit.</p><br /><p>The table below shows the amount of the total benefit savings which relates to Local Authority tenancies. This includes both Housing Benefit and Universal Credit.</p><br /><p><strong>Estimated reduction in benefit payments to Local Authority tenants, £millions, cash terms</strong></p><br /><table><tbody><tr><td><p><br></p></td><td><p>2016/17</p></td><td><p>2017/18</p></td><td><p>2018/19</p></td><td><p>2019/20</p></td><td><p>2020/21</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Benefit savings relating to Local Authority tenancies</p></td><td><p>95</p></td><td><p>260</p></td><td><p>460</p></td><td><p>670</p></td><td><p>690</p></td></tr></tbody></table><br /> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2015-10-20T15:18:26.697Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-20T15:18:26.697Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4181
star this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham remove filter
423708
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-10-26more like thismore than 2015-10-26
star this property answering body
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 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, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 20 October (HL2620), how much they expect to save in particular in housing benefit payments from the reductions in social rent levied by housing associations. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
unstar this property uin HL2972 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 2015-11-03more like thismore than 2015-11-03
star this property answer text <p>Estimates of the total benefit savings due to the reductions in social rent announced in the 2015 Summer Budget were presented in the associated policy costing publication.</p><p>The table below shows the amount of the total benefit savings which relates to housing association tenancies. This includes both Housing Benefit and Universal Credit.</p><p><strong>Estimated reduction in benefit payments to housing association tenants, £millions, cash terms </strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td></td><td>2016/17</td><td>2017/18</td><td>2018/19</td><td>2019/20</td><td>2020/21</td></tr><tr><td>Benefit savings relating to Housing Associations</td><td>145</td><td>425</td><td>790</td><td>1190</td><td>1305</td></tr></tbody></table> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2015-11-03T14:24:47.323Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-03T14:24:47.323Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4181
star this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham remove filter
432104
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-11-24more like thismore than 2015-11-24
star this property answering body
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 Work Capability Assessment 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 whether they will release data relevant to the assessment of whether Work Capability Assessment tests are connected to the incidence of suicide or mental health problems of disability benefit claimants; and if so, when. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
unstar this property uin HL3877 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 2015-12-01more like thismore than 2015-12-01
star this property answer text <p>The information requested is not available.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2015-12-01T12:10:40.23Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-01T12:10:40.23Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4181
star this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham remove filter
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-12-02more like thismore than 2015-12-02
star this property answering body
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 Work Capability Assessment 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, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 1 December (HL3877), whether they plan to compile data relevant to the assessment of whether Work Capability Assessment tests are connected to the incidence of suicide or mental health problems in disability benefit claimants, and to make that data publicly available; and if not, why not. more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Lord Beecham more like this
unstar this property uin HL4137 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 2015-12-16more like thismore than 2015-12-16
star this property answer text <p>The Department does not hold the relevant information required and we have no plans to collect such information.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2015-12-16T13:33:27.767Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-16T13:33:27.767Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4181
star this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham remove filter
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-05-18more like thismore than 2016-05-18
star this property answering body
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 Services: Fees and Charges 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 is (1) the role, and (2) the annual cost, of presenting officers employed by the Department for Work and Pensions in relation to benefit appeals. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
unstar this property uin HL80 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 2016-06-02more like thismore than 2016-06-02
star this property answer text <p>The role of the Presenting Officer is to present the Department’s case effectively thereby helping the tribunal reach the right decisions and to gather feedback from the tribunal for its decision makers.</p><p> </p><p>The year to date costs for existing DWP Presenting Officers (to January 2016) is approx. £1.5m.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-06-02T14:22:59.317Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-02T14:22:59.317Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham remove filter