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star this property date less than 2016-06-07more like thisremove minimum value filter
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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 Developing Countries: Health Services 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 form of evidence of incapacity is acceptable for Personal Independence Payments claims when a person suffering from severe myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome, for which there is currently no treatment, has had no contact with any medical professionals or auxiliary practitioners for a considerable length of time. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL502 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 2016-06-16more like thismore than 2016-06-16
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department encourages claimants to provide as much relevant evidence as necessary to support their claim. The “How your disability affects you” form and accompanying guidance sets out the range of information that can help the Department reach a decision. The guidance for Health Professionals also sets out sources of further evidence which could help inform their advice to the Department, this includes family members, carers or anyone else who supports them.</p><p> </p><p>Before claimants are invited for a face-to-face consultation, all of the evidence held is reviewed and if, at that stage, a decision can be made on the paper evidence alone, then claimants will not be required to attend a face-to-face consultation. Alternatively, further evidence that might help inform the Department’s decision on the claim can be requested by the Health Professional.</p><p> </p><p>If the Health Professional cannot provide advice to the Department at this stage, or where there is insufficient or no other suitable sources of evidence on which to make an assessment, claimants will be invited to attend a face-to-face consultation. This gives claimants the opportunity to put across their own views of the impact of their health condition on their everyday lives, ensuring that decisions reflect the best evidence. In some cases we carry out consultations in the claimant’s home.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-06-16T13:47:27.48Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-16T13:47:27.48Z
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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 The Countess of Mar more like this
524312
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-06-09more like thismore than 2016-06-09
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Young Offenders: Restraint Techniques more like this
star 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 there is any provision for people claiming Personal Independence Payments who have difficulty in completing questions by hand to be able to complete the forms electronically; and if not, whether they plan to introduce such a facility. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL583 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 2016-06-16more like thismore than 2016-06-16
unstar this property answer text <p>We are developing a digital service for claiming Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which brings the current PIP telephony claim and paper form together.</p><p>We have tested a number of different design approaches with users and, based on feedback, are developing an application process that is more tailored to individual needs. From April 2016 we started making the online PIP claim available to a small number of PIP claimants on a voluntary basis. This will allow us to get direct feedback, make ongoing improvements and ensure this new service is effective and secure before it is available nationally.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-06-16T14:20:46.807Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-16T14:20:46.807Z
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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
529943
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star this property date less than 2016-06-29more like thismore than 2016-06-29
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Stamp Duty Land Tax more like this
star 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, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Altmann on 16 June (HL502), what provision is made for claimants suffering severe myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome who are housebound or bedbound and who are unable to attend a face-to-face consultation. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL871 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 2016-07-13more like thismore than 2016-07-13
unstar this property answer text <p>A home consultation can be offered where a claimant is unable to travel to a consultation as a result of their health condition or impairment.</p><p> </p><p>Situations where a claimant may need a home consultation can include where a person’s diagnosis suggests a significant disability that may make travel extremely difficult or the claimant provides evidence from a health professional that they are unable to travel due to their health condition or impairment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-07-13T15:08:42.427Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-13T15:08:42.427Z
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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
523691
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-06-07more like thisremove minimum value filter
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Brexit: Gibraltar more like this
star 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, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 6 June (HL Deb, col 626), on how many occasions since its inception has the Pensions Regulator used provisions for dawn raids, and how it determines the circumstances in which such provisions should be employed. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
star this property uin HL506 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 2016-06-10more like thismore than 2016-06-10
unstar this property answer text <p>The Pensions Regulator has a power to request information which it exercises regularly and successfully. This means that it is often not necessary to use the powers under section 73 (inspection) or section 78 (warrants) of the Pensions Act 2004.</p><p> </p><p>Under section 78, a justice of the peace may issue a warrant where there are reasonable grounds for believing that there are -</p><p> </p><ul><li>relevant documents which would be removed, or made inaccessible, from the premises, or hidden, tampered with or destroyed,</li></ul><p>or that</p><ul><li>an offence has been committed, or</li><li>a person will do any act which constitutes a misuse or misappropriation of the assets of an occupational pension scheme or a personal pension scheme.</li></ul><p> </p><p>This power is only used in extreme circumstances, and such cases usually involve suspicions of wider criminal activity. Since 2004, the Regulator has used its powers to either inspect premises or issue a warrant on five occasions.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-06-10T11:05:52.837Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-10T11:05:52.837Z
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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 Myners more like this
523693
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-06-07more like thisremove minimum value filter
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Community Housing Fund more like this
star 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, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 6 June (HL Deb, col 627), whether they have the necessary power to pursue pension contribution payments from companies where the parent company is based in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, or Monaco. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
star this property uin HL508 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 2016-06-16more like thismore than 2016-06-16
unstar this property answer text <p>Each case will need to be considered on its own merits but the Pensions Regulator can use its anti-avoidance powers against targets that are based abroad. Section 303 of the Pensions Act 2004, governing the service of documents abroad, is intended to operate outside the UK jurisdiction The power to enforce any regulatory action against a non-UK company is likely to require the approval or cooperation of the relevant overseas authorities. By and large, these provisions should be enforceable in other EU and Commonwealth jurisdictions.</p><p> </p><p>The Pensions Regulator has demonstrated that it is prepared to use its anti-avoidance powers against targets that are based abroad, as was shown in its handling of the cases involving Sea Containers and the Lehman Brothers group and a complex investigation into the Carrington Wire Defined Benefit Pension Scheme resulted in a £8.5m settlement with two Russian companies.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-06-16T13:48:07.91Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-16T13:48:07.91Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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3869
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
535105
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-07-11more like thismore than 2016-07-11
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Pension Funds: Valuation more like this
star 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 introduce a smoothed discount rate for the purpose of pension fund valuation. more like this
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts more like this
star this property uin HL1101 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 2016-07-14more like thismore than 2016-07-14
unstar this property answer text <p>Government consulted in 2013 on whether legislation should be introduced to allow the ‘smoothing’ of asset values and liabilities in funding valuations.</p><p>Responses to the call for evidence indicated that there was no strong case for legislating to permit smoothing, with the overwhelming majority of respondents against this option. Respondents instead favoured greater use of the flexibilities within the existing legislation governing scheme funding.</p><p>In its response to the call for evidence the Government advised that, given the views received, it did not intend to pursue the option of legislating to permit asset and liability smoothing, and that remains the Government’s position.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-07-14T13:45:50.157Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-14T13:45:50.157Z
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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 Hodgson of Astley Abbotts more like this
532334
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-07-04more like thismore than 2016-07-04
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Bahrain: Technical Assistance more like this
star 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 discussions they have had with Atos and Capita about introducing audio recordings of Personal Independence Payment assessments. more like this
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
star this property uin HL931 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 2016-07-11more like thismore than 2016-07-11
unstar this property answer text <p>There are no current contractual obligations for Personal Independence Payment assessment providers (Atos and Capita) to provide an audio-recording of consultations. Claimants may use their own equipment to record their face-to-face consultation should they wish, subject to any reasonable conditions the Department place on such recordings.</p><p>We regularly keep our position on recording under review and will be having further dialogue with the Assessment Providers on this point.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-07-11T14:26:36.683Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-11T14:26:36.683Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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3785
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
532335
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-07-04more like thismore than 2016-07-04
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Sayed Alwadaei more like this
star 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 they monitor Personal Independence Payment assessments for accuracy. more like this
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
star this property uin HL932 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 2016-07-11more like thismore than 2016-07-11
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department is committed to ensuring that all Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants receive high quality, objective, fair and accurate assessments. The Department closely monitors all aspects of the process including the performance of the assessment providers, Atos Healthcare and Capita.</p><p>From 1<sup>st</sup> July 2016, we implemented an independent audit of PIP throughout Great Britain. This covers an audit of assessments carried out by our providers to ensure that the advice they provide to the Department's decision makers is of suitable quality, is fully explained and is justified.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-07-11T13:47:20.913Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-11T13:47:20.913Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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3785
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
532336
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-07-04more like thismore than 2016-07-04
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Al-Sayed Alawi Hussain al-Alawi, more like this
star 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 they ensure that all medical reports presented by claimants at Personal Independence Payment assessments are read by assessors. more like this
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
star this property uin HL933 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 2016-07-11more like thismore than 2016-07-11
unstar this property answer text <p>Health Professionals must support their evaluation of the claimant’s health condition by an examination of all submitted materials thereby ensuring that the information provided to the Department’s Decision Makers is fully explained and justified.</p><p>The Department closely monitors all aspects of the process including the performance of Health Professionals to ensure that the advice they provide to the Department's Decision Makers is of suitable quality.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-07-11T14:26:12.817Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-11T14:26:12.817Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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3785
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
532337
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-07-04more like thismore than 2016-07-04
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Teachers: Training more like this
star 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 all Personal Independence Payment assessment centres are accessible for disabled people. more like this
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
star this property uin HL934 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 2016-07-11more like thismore than 2016-07-11
unstar this property answer text <p>All Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment sites must be fully compliant with the Equality Act 2010 with suitable ground floor accommodation available. The assessment providers are required to ensure that the needs of all PIP claimants are considered, including proximity to public transport routes and access to suitable parking.</p><p>Before attending a face-to-face consultation, claimants are informed that they can alert their assessment provider of any additional requirements that they may have and the providers will meet any such reasonable requests.<strong> </strong></p><p>Where appropriate, assessments may also be carried out in a claimant’s home.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-07-11T13:58:41.903Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-11T13:58:41.903Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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3785
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this