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348496
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star this property date less than 2015-06-04more like thismore than 2015-06-04
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Employment: Disability more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to end the disability employment gap. more like this
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Lord Touhig more like this
star this property uin HL268 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 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
unstar this property answer text <p>In the last 12 months there has been an increase of 238,000 disabled people in work. That is really positive, but there is more to do.</p><p> </p><p>We have been very clear that the gap between the employment rates of disabled people and non-disabled people remains too big and have committed to halving it.</p><p> </p><p>Government cannot achieve this ambition alone so we are working closely with disabled people, their organisations, employers and employment support providers to develop our strategy to enable more disabled people to get into, remain in and progress in work.</p><p> </p><p>The Disability Confident Campaign, which actively promotes the Access to Work scheme, is key to supporting employers in working with Government to halve the disability employment gap.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2015-06-18T11:45:10.297Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-18T11:45:10.297Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Touhig more like this
349511
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star this property date less than 2015-06-10more like thismore than 2015-06-10
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Mesothelioma: Compensation 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, with regard to the compensation payments awarded under the Mesothelioma Act 2014, what is their estimate of (1) the difference between the actuarial calculations on which they based their assumptions for payments of compensation and the payments now being made by insurance companies; and (2) how much such companies will save in each of the next 10 years compared with the original legislative assumptions. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL380 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 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>No actuarial calculations were carried out in relation to the payments that would be made by the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme. The tariff table, which sets out the rate of payment according to age at diagnosis, is based on an average of similar payments made under civil compensation.</p><p> </p><p>The Impact Assessment published in March 2014 estimated that £93.7m would be paid out by the Scheme in the first year of its operation, and £412.4m would be paid out over the first 10 years.</p><p> </p><p>Initial application volumes were lower than anticipated so the amount levied on the insurance industry for the period 2014/15 was £32m. It is too early to estimate what the application volumes will be over the next 10 years given volumes received to date. As this is a demand led scheme, the calculations for the levy are done afresh each year. An upturn in applications to the Scheme would result in a higher levy rate in future years.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2015-06-18T13:31:33.04Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-18T13:31:33.04Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
349525
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star this property date less than 2015-06-10more like thismore than 2015-06-10
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Fuel Direct Scheme more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the affordability of a standard Fuel Direct rate of £3.70 for direct payments for arrears on fuel bills; and whether in setting that rate they considered (1) allowing some customers to pay a lower rate of direct deduction, and (2) allowing customers to pay by Fuel Direct for ongoing bills when they are not in arrears. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL394 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 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>Third Party Deduction is a long standing scheme of last resort where all other means of budgeting have been exhausted. Where the Secretary of State decides that it is in the claimant’s best interests to order repayment of the arrears he can do so. The scheme was introduced in the 1970’s to protect the vulnerable and their family, whilst not adding to their financial burden.</p><p> </p><p>Fuel Direct is set in legislation at 5% of their Personal Allowance, which is a fixed deduction of £3.70 for each element of fuel debt. This is considered to be the most appropriate level of repayment in order to clear the fuel debt arrears and to prevent enforcement action.</p><p> </p><p>Each year the amount of Third Party Deduction is re-assessed as part of The Social Security Up-rating Order.</p><p> </p><p>Once the arrears have been paid a person will usually be taken off the Fuel Direct scheme. In exceptional circumstances a person may be allowed to remain on the Fuel Direct scheme to help ensure that they don’t get into debt again.</p><p> </p><p>However Fuel Direct is not intended as a budgeting aid and the Governments main objective is to help people into employment, whilst encouraging them to be responsible for their own financial affairs, whether they are on benefit or not.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2015-06-18T14:39:18.987Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-18T14:39:18.987Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
350105
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star this property date less than 2015-06-11more like thismore than 2015-06-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Prescribed Industrial Diseases 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 many claims they have received for Prescribed Disease C3b in the last 10 years; and of these, how many were allowed. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL419 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 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The information as requested is not available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2015-06-18T13:40:56.02Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-18T13:40:56.02Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
350106
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star this property date less than 2015-06-11more like thismore than 2015-06-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Sheep Dipping more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by George Eustice, Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on 10 June (HC Deb, col 136WH), who published the 1991 Health and Safety Executive report of an inquiry into sheep dipping; and to whom it was distributed. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL420 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 2015-06-18more like thismore than 2015-06-18
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The 1991 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report presented the findings of a 1990 survey of sheep dipping and was published by HSE as an internal document in May 1991.</p><p> </p><p>The report was discussed at a meeting of the then Health and Safety Commission’s Agricultural Industry Advisory Committee (AIAC) working group, Chemicals In Agriculture (ChemAg), on 10 July 1991. The ChemAg working group membership included HSE, the Confederation of British Industry, the Trades Union Congress and other industry organisations.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2015-06-18T13:32:17.067Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-18T13:32:17.067Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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1861
unstar this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
381048
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star this property date less than 2015-06-15more like thismore than 2015-06-15
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Mesothelioma: Compensation 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 (1) the number of people who have received compensation under the terms of the Mesothelioma Act 2014 since the Act came into effect, and (2) the number of people projected to receive compensation in each of the next three years. more like this
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Lord Wills more like this
star this property uin HL496 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 2015-06-23more like thismore than 2015-06-23
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The information requested is available from the attached Impact Assessment for the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme which was published in March 2014 and sets out the anticipated levels of claims over the first 10 years of the scheme.</p><p> </p><p>The scheme has now been running since April 2014 with payments being made from July 2014. We will publish statistics on the number of claims made in 2014/15 in due course, and consider a review of the estimates made in the Impact Assessment in light of this data.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2015-06-23T16:07:28.903Zmore like thismore than 2015-06-23T16:07:28.903Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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star this property file name mesothelioma-payment-scheme-ia-mar-2014.pdf more like this
star this property title Impact Assessment for Mesothelioma Payment Scheme more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Wills more like this
384514
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star this property date less than 2015-06-22more like thismore than 2015-06-22
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Personal Independence Payment 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 assessment they have made of the recent High Court ruling regarding delays in Personal Independence Payments. more like this
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Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
star this property uin HL725 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 2015-06-30more like thismore than 2015-06-30
unstar this property answer text <p>The Court rejected two of the three legal grounds brought by the claimants, finding that their human rights had not been breached and not awarding damages.</p><p> </p><p>Where the Court found that the historic delay for the two claimants was unlawful, they also ruled that they are not “test cases” and it would be inappropriate to make wider findings.</p><p> </p><p>The Court accepted that the Government had made significant improvements to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) process and there are now no inherent failings in the system.</p><p> </p><p>As a result of these improvements, the average time taken for a claimant to be assessed by an assessment provider has fallen by more than three quarters since June 2014. In April 2015, the average new claimant was waiting 5 weeks for their PIP assessment – well within the 16 week target set by the Secretary of State.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-06-30T15:50:02.813Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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4303
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Kennedy of Cradley more like this
100009
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star this property date less than 2014-10-20more like thismore than 2014-10-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Unemployed People: Travel 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 financial assistance is given to help young people on benefits with the travel costs associated with attending job interviews. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL2224 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>All Jobcentre Plus District Managers have access to the Flexible Support Fund, that they can use to supplement mainstream services and to tailor support to the needs of individuals and the local area. A proportion of this fund will be spent by their Work Services Teams on discretionary awards to individual claimants, which could include helping with travel costs to attend job interviews.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-10-23T15:06:09.3638452Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-23T15:06:09.3638452Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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3691
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
100567
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star this property date less than 2014-10-22more like thismore than 2014-10-22
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Welfare Assistance Schemes more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their decision not to contest the judicial review of the decision to cease funding for Local Welfare Assistance, whether they will reinstate that funding for 2015–16. more like this
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Baroness King of Bow more like this
star this property uin HL2304 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
unstar this property answer text <p>From April 2015 it was intended funding for local welfare provision would be funded from the general grant to Local Government. The general grant took this into account.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has agreed to look again at how funding is provided for in 2015/16. Any decisions will be taken after we have reviewed how the current funds have been used and the on-going consultation and equality analysis on 2015/16 funding being co-ordinated by the Department for Communities and Local Government.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-10-29T15:16:01.1221704Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T15:16:01.1221704Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness King of Bow more like this
100645
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Housing Benefit more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government why housing benefit overpayments increased to £1.4 billion in 2013–14 and how they are addressing the issue. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL2376 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
unstar 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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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Manzoor more like this