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star this property date less than 2014-11-27more like thismore than 2014-11-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Poverty: Children 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 have carried out any forecasts of the level of child poverty between now and 2020; and if so, whether they will be made public. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL3230 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 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The Government does not produce forecasts of the number of children living in income poverty as the number of children in poverty is dependent on factors which cannot be reliably predicted, such as the median income.</p><p> </p><p>The Government does measure annual child poverty statistics through the National Statistics Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series. Estimates of the number and proportion of children in relative and absolute low income in the UK have consistently been reported since 1998/99; these are available for each financial year up to 2012/13, the latest period for which estimates are available.</p><p> </p><p>There has been no assessment of the impact on child poverty of the combined tax and benefit changes announced since May 2010. Available survey data does not allow the Government to robustly assess the combined effects of tax and benefit policy on households with children.</p><p> </p><p>However, this Government has taken unprecedented steps to assess the effects of its policy decisions across the distribution of household income, by publishing analysis of the cumulative effects of the tax and welfare measures announced at each fiscal event since the June Budget 2010. The latest analysis can be found in Chapter 2 of the attached report.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL3231 more like this
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less than 2014-12-11T16:55:04.767Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-11T16:55:04.767Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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166640
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-27more like thismore than 2014-11-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Poverty: Children more like this
star 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 have calculated the impact on child poverty of the combined tax and benefit policy changes announced to date since May 2010. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL3231 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 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government does not produce forecasts of the number of children living in income poverty as the number of children in poverty is dependent on factors which cannot be reliably predicted, such as the median income.</p><p> </p><p>The Government does measure annual child poverty statistics through the National Statistics Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series. Estimates of the number and proportion of children in relative and absolute low income in the UK have consistently been reported since 1998/99; these are available for each financial year up to 2012/13, the latest period for which estimates are available.</p><p> </p><p>There has been no assessment of the impact on child poverty of the combined tax and benefit changes announced since May 2010. Available survey data does not allow the Government to robustly assess the combined effects of tax and benefit policy on households with children.</p><p> </p><p>However, this Government has taken unprecedented steps to assess the effects of its policy decisions across the distribution of household income, by publishing analysis of the cumulative effects of the tax and welfare measures announced at each fiscal event since the June Budget 2010. The latest analysis can be found in Chapter 2 of the attached report.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL3230 more like this
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less than 2014-12-11T16:55:04.907Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-11T16:55:04.907Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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49812
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star this property date less than 2014-05-06more like thismore than 2014-05-06
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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 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 assessment they have made of the financial impact on people on low incomes of uprating most cash benefits and tax credits by one per cent from April 2013 rather than in line with inflation. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL6828 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 2014-05-12more like thismore than 2014-05-12
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>For 2013/14, the main rates of working-age benefits, statutory payments and tax credits were up-rated by one per cent in the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2013. The Welfare Benefits Up-rating Act 2013 provided for the one per cent increase to apply for 2014/15 and 2015/16. Both of these were accompanied by Impact Assessments.</p><p> </p><p>As part of his ongoing public sector equality duty under the Equality Act 2010 to monitor impacts on ‘protected groups', the Secretary of State continues to monitor the impacts of the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Act 2013 in light of any changes to the underlying rate of inflation. The underlying rate of inflation for increases in 2014/15 is similar to that forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility and used in the Impact Assessment. It is therefore likely that the impacts on affected households will be broadly similar to those detailed in the Impact Assessment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-05-12T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-12T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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49813
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-05-06more like thismore than 2014-05-06
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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 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 data on the provision of discretionary housing payments by local authorities are collected centrally. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL6829 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 2014-05-12more like thismore than 2014-05-12
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>The Department asks local authorities to provide data on their use of Discretionary Housing Payments on a twice yearly basis. Information regarding April to September 2013 can be found at the following link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/268411/use-of-discretionary-housing-payments-dec13.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/268411/use-of-discretionary-housing-payments-dec13.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p>The Department is currently gathering and quality assuring information regarding end of year spend from local authorities for 2013/14</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-05-12T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-12T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Work Capability Assessment 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 people who are undergoing a work capability assessment because of mental health problems are guaranteed assessment by health professionals who have psychiatric expertise. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL2851 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 2014-11-25more like thismore than 2014-11-25
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>All healthcare professionals who carry out work capability assessments on behalf of the DWP are fully trained in disability assessment and are registered with their respective Regulatory Body. Healthcare professionals receive comprehensive training in the functional effects of mental health conditions. In addition all health professionals are supported by mental function champions who have specialist knowledge of mental health conditions and provide support and best practice advice.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-11-25T14:38:05.007Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-25T14:38:05.007Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-01-28more like thismore than 2015-01-28
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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 Social Security Benefits 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 progress has been made to implement the changes announced in December 2014 to provide more information about Short Term Benefit Advances online and in Jobcentres and to update the guidance on Short Term Benefit Advances for Jobcentre advisers. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL4518 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 2015-02-04more like thismore than 2015-02-04
unstar this property answer text <p /> <p>The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith, set out on 8 December 2014 (Official Report, column 633) how the Department for Work and Pensions will be doing much to raise awareness of Short Term Benefit Advances (STBAs). This will include providing more information to claimants about STBAs online and in Jobcentres. Staff guidance on STBAs will also be updated and staff reminded of the process for considering an STBA.</p><p> </p><p>The department has already undertaken testing of the posters and messaging with a small number of staff and claimants. We have also asked the Social Security Advisory Committee to review these customer communication products before they are introduced.</p><p> </p><p>Once the products have been introduced we will, of course, closely monitor their effectiveness and impact, including on the number of requests for STBAs.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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HL4519 more like this
HL4520 more like this
HL4521 more like this
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less than 2015-02-04T15:06:07.78Zmore like thismore than 2015-02-04T15:06:07.78Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4308
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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
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 Fuel Direct Scheme 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 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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79696
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star this property date less than 2014-07-28more like thismore than 2014-07-28
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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 Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing 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 plans they have to mitigate the impact of the under-occupancy charge on household debt. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL1588 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 2014-07-30more like thismore than 2014-07-30
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p>The removal of the spare room subsidy was a necessary change in order to get the housing benefit bill under control, return fairness to the system and make better use of social housing stock.</p><p> </p><p>For those that are vulnerable and who may require more time to make the transition to change, the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme administered by local authorities is available. Money management and budgeting and debt advice is also provided by many local authorities and social sector landlords.</p><p> </p><p>Additional Discretionary Housing Payment funding has been made available to local authorities to help them support vulnerable claimants to cope with the changes. For 2014/15 this totals £165m. At the end of 2013/14 £21m of the £180m central Government funding remained unspent. This included £7m from a bidding scheme fund that was available during the second half of the year and which all local authorities were encouraged to apply for.</p><p> </p><p>Recently published data from the Homes and Communities Agency shows housing association arrears in England falling for the two quarters to the end of March 2014 compared to the same period in the previous year. Rent collection remained at 99 per cent during the same period.</p><p> </p><p>We are continuing to monitor and evaluate the policy. The final report of the two year independent evaluation will be published during 2015.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-07-30T14:36:30.9853315Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-30T14:36:30.9853315Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-28more like thismore than 2014-07-28
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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 Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing 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 assessment they have made of the impact of the under-occupancy charge on child poverty. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL1589 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-30more like thismore than 2014-07-30
unstar this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p>This cost of providing this information is disproportionate.</p><p> </p><p>This Government has made good progress in tackling the root cause of child poverty and has recently published its 2014-17 child poverty strategy which outlines the actions being taken.</p><p> </p><p>The latest figures from 2012/13 show that the number of children in relative income poverty has fallen by 300,000 since 2009/10 representing the lowest level since the mid – 1980s.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-07-30T14:19:03.6878223Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-30T14:19:03.6878223Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-04-24more like thismore than 2017-04-24
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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
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Bereavement Support Payment 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 why, when determining the length of time for which Bereavement Support Payments would be paid, they considered 18 months a suitable timeframe for bereavement support. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL6803 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-04-26more like thismore than 2017-04-26
unstar this property answer text <p>Bereavement Support Payment is intended to help people with the additional costs immediately following a bereavement. Income-related benefits are more suited for longer-term assistance with everyday living expenses. Evidence from the Government’s public consultation exercise in 2011 suggested the financial impact of spousal bereavement was more acute in the early months; and so this new benefit provides a significant cash boost of a lump sum followed by 18 monthly instalments. The Government originally proposed 12 monthly instalments, but in response to representations from the Social Security Advisory Committee, the Work and Pensions Select Committee and groups supporting bereaved people, this was extended to 18 months. This ensures that the payments do not end on the anniversary of the death.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Henley more like this
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less than 2017-04-26T16:14:16.447Zmore like thismore than 2017-04-26T16:14:16.447Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Henley more like this
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