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star this property date less than 2019-04-02more like thismore than 2019-04-02
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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 Food Banks: Scotland more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the level of foodbank use in Scotland. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill remove filter
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Hugh Gaffney more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-08more like thismore than 2019-04-08
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Work and Pensions has not made an assessment of the levels of foodbank use in Scotland.</p><p>The welfare system provides a strong safety net for those who need it, spending over £95 billion a year on welfare benefits for people of working age. This includes a well-established system of hardship payments, benefit advances and budgeting loans as an additional safeguard for those who need them.</p><p> </p><p>Jobcentre mangers have discretion to work with food banks in their local area; and we are exploring how to build on current good practice to make it as easy as possible for food banks to identify and refer back to the local Jobcentre any customers who may not be receiving the full formal support to which they are entitled</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-04-08T15:57:42.14Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-08T15:57:42.14Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-05-10more like thismore than 2019-05-10
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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 Food Banks 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 assessment she has made of the effect of the sanctions system on levels of foodbank use among claimants. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill remove filter
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Hugh Gaffney more like this
unstar this property uin 252866 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 2019-05-17more like thismore than 2019-05-17
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) does not keep official statistics on foodback use as there are many reasons why people use foodbanks.</p><p>Nevertheless, as a measured safeguard The Department offers financial support to those claimants who have been sanctioned. We have a well-established system of hardship payments for claimants who cannot meet their immediate and most essential needs, including accommodation, heating, food and hygiene, as a result of their sanction.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-05-17T15:21:59.913Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-17T15:21:59.913Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
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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
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the benefits freeze on the incomes of households with children. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill remove filter
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Hugh Gaffney more like this
unstar this property uin 256366 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-29more like thismore than 2019-05-29
star this property answer text <p>An Impact Assessment of the benefit freeze was published in 2015, this is available in the link below.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA15-006C.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA15-006C.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Welfare Reforms such as the benefit freeze were designed to incentivise parents to choose to move into and progress in work. Evidence shows that work is the best route out of poverty. Children in workless households are five time more likely to be in poverty than those in households where all adults were working. Since 2007/08, the incomes of the poorest fifth have increased by over £850 above inflation, whereas the incomes of the richest fifth have increased by around £650.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-05-29T12:21:19.547Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-29T12:21:19.547Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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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 Universal Credit: Scotland 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 she has made an assessment of the effect of universal credit on the level of rent arrears owed to Scottish local authorities; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill remove filter
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Hugh Gaffney more like this
unstar this property uin 262433 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 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
star this property answer text <p>The Department has not made an assessment of this nature.</p><p> </p><p>Caution should be exercised when considering any assessment of arrears derived from local authority level data which seeks to compare the legacy and Universal Credit welfare systems. This is because they do not compare groups with the same characteristics; typically, the legacy benefit group have been on benefits for some time, where the arrears may be under long-term management. The Universal Credit group, on the other hand, are often new to benefits, and are likely to have experienced a change in their circumstances – for example, a debt-creating event like losing a job or separation. Any arrears for this group will not have been under management and had time to clear.</p><p> </p><p>The initial analytical work we have carried out with a housing provider suggests that many tenants are arriving on Universal Credit with pre-existing rent arrears, that their arrears tend to increase prior to making a claim for Universal Credit, and that Universal Credit actually appears to be helping to clear arrears over time. We are currently extending this analysis to include a number of other housing providers. It will be published when completed. Furthermore, according to latest figures in November 2018 about 8 per cent of social rented households were on Universal Credit; therefore, it is difficult to see how a national trend can be attributed to Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>We have, however, responded to concerns in this area by putting a number of safeguards in place, such as 100% advances repayable over 12 months, increasing to 16 months in October 2021; a two-week Transition to Universal Credit Housing Payment; a new Help to Claim service to assist people to make their claim more easily; and Managed Payment to Landlord Arrangements, which allow for payments direct to the landlord if the tenant is likely to have difficulty in managing their rent payments, is unlikely to pay their rent or is in rent arrears equivalent to two months.</p><p> </p><p>Furthermore, in Scotland, the Department delivers Universal Credit Scottish choices on behalf of the Scottish Government, providing the option of Universal Credit being paid twice a month rather than monthly, and having Universal Credit housing element being paid directly to landlords.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-06-18T15:28:46.223Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T15:28:46.223Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
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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 Universal Credit: Veterans more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the effect of universal credit on armed forces veterans. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill remove filter
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Hugh Gaffney more like this
unstar this property uin 269108 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-03more like thismore than 2019-07-03
star this property answer text <p>The Department has put in place special arrangements under the Armed Forces Covenant to support veterans and to take account of their needs and circumstances, such as ensuring War Disablement Pensions and guaranteed income payments made under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme are not taken into account in the assessment of Universal Credit entitlement.</p><p>Universal Credit is a tailored service and it is important that we support those claimants, including veterans, who may find the application process for Universal Credit challenging. The Citizens Advice Help to Claim service offers tailored, practical support to help people to make their Universal Credit claim. This service is available online, over the phone and face-to-face, so that claimants can access support in the way that is most suitable for them.</p><p>Every Jobcentre Plus District has an Armed Forces Champion who ensures that any concerns and issues raised which affect Service Personnel and their families are integrated within the wider work of Jobcentre Plus. These Armed Forces Champions ensure that Work Coaches and other DWP staff can effectively support serving personnel, service leavers, veterans and their families.</p><p />
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-07-03T11:24:44.487Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-03T11:24:44.487Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-01-29more like thismore than 2019-01-29
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Knives: Crime more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle incidents of knife crime on the railways. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill remove filter
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Hugh Gaffney more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-26more like thismore than 2019-02-26
star this property answer text <p>The chances of being a victim of crime, on the railways or elsewhere, remain extremely low. However, the Government is very concerned about increases in knife crime and its impact on victims, families and communities. The action we are taking is set out in our Serious Violence Strategy and includes new legislation in the Offensive Weapons Bill and continuing police action under Operation Sceptre. The British Transport Police also participate in Operation Sceptre and we expect the next national week of action to take place in March 2019.</p><p>More widely, we have also been supporting the #knifefree media campaign to raise awareness of the consequences of knife crime and discourage young people from carrying knives more generally. The Serious Violence Strategy includes a strong focus on prevention and early intervention to stop young people being drawn in to knife crime. Our Early Intervention Youth Fund of £22 million is already supporting 29 projects in England and Wales. Over £17 million has already been allocated to projects delivering interventions to young people at risk of criminal involvement, gang exploitation and county lines.</p><p>We are supporting 68 small community projects this year through the anti-knife crime Community Fund. In addition, we have extended our support for Redthread in hospital emergency departments to introduce its “teachable moment” youth violence intervention work to hospi-tals in Birmingham and Nottingham.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2019-02-26T15:31:01.777Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-26T15:31:01.777Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-07-02more like thismore than 2018-07-02
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Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept id 31 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Women and Equalities more like this
star this property hansard heading Paternity Leave more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the Government is taking steps to give fathers (a) longer and (b) better-paid paternity leave. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill remove filter
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Hugh Gaffney more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-07-09more like thismore than 2018-07-09
star this property answer text <p>We know that helping parents to share care is good for parents and children, particularly in the crucial early months of their child’s life.</p><p>The Shared Parental Leave and Pay schemes enable fathers and partners to be their child’s main carer if this is best for the family. Qualifying working couples can share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay. From February to April 2018, the Government ran a joint £1.5m campaign to promote Shared Parental Leave.</p><p>As part of the evaluation of Shared Parental Leave and Pay we are collecting information on the take up of paternity benefits, including survey data on the take up of paternity leave and pay, which will inform the development of policy in this area.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
star this property answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
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less than 2018-07-09T13:45:26.46Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-09T13:45:26.46Z
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star this property label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-09-03more like thismore than 2018-09-03
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading Charities: Equality more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to help improve diversity in the charity sector. more like this
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Hugh Gaffney more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-09-11more like thismore than 2018-09-11
star this property answer text <p>Encouraging greater diversity in the charity starts with ensuring that the sector’s leaders are truly representative of the communities they serve.</p><p> </p><p>Last year we worked with the Charity Commission to carry out research into trustees. The Taken on Trust report found that there was a lack of diversity among boards of trustees. In the Civil Society Strategy published last month, the government committed to working with partners in the Charity sector to address this challenge. This work is getting started now and more detail will be available in due course.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Chatham and Aylesford more like this
star this property answering member printed Tracey Crouch more like this
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less than 2018-09-11T13:41:17.003Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-11T13:41:17.003Z
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star this property label Biography information for Tracey Crouch more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-09-03more like thismore than 2018-09-03
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading Youth Services more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to enable young people to participate in open access youth work. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill remove filter
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Hugh Gaffney 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 2018-09-11more like thismore than 2018-09-11
star this property answer text <p>The provision of open access youth services in Scotland is the responsibility of the Scottish Government.</p><p> </p><p>Government recognises the transformational impact that open access youth work can have especially for young people facing multiple barriers of disadvantage, that is why we have invested £40m in the Youth Investment Fund to boost open access youth services in 6 disadvantaged areas and expect over 300,000 young people to benefit.</p><p> </p><p>However Local Authorities in England have a statutory duty to provide sufficient open access services in their area. We believe they are best placed to know what is required in their communities.</p><p> </p><p>The Government announced in the Civil Society Strategy its commitment to reviewing the guidance which sets out the statutory duty placed on local authorities to provide appropriate local youth services. Further announcements will be made in due course.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Chatham and Aylesford more like this
star this property answering member printed Tracey Crouch more like this
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less than 2018-09-11T13:43:22.147Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-11T13:43:22.147Z
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star this property label Biography information for Tracey Crouch more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-09-03more like thismore than 2018-09-03
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading Railways: Fares more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of recent changes in the cost of train travel on sports fans. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill remove filter
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Hugh Gaffney more like this
unstar this property uin 169697 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-09-11more like thismore than 2018-09-11
star this property answer text <p>The Government sets the limit by which train operators can increase regulated rail fares in line with July’s retail price index (RPI). This limit will be 3.2% in 2019. The Government monitors how rail fares change, and keeps under review the way fare levels are calculated. We also welcome and encourage measures by sports clubs that acknowledge and take account of the wider financial burden on travelling supporters.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Chatham and Aylesford more like this
star this property answering member printed Tracey Crouch more like this
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less than 2018-09-11T12:37:48.607Zmore like thismore than 2018-09-11T12:37:48.607Z
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star this property label Biography information for Tracey Crouch more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this