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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Ministry of Justice: Written Questions more like this
unstar this property house id 1 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 Justice, when he plans to answer Question 202782, on prisoner escapes, tabled on 26 June 2014 for answer on 30 June 2014. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
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Philip Davies more like this
star this property uin 211919 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
star this property answer text <p /> <p>I answered Question 202782 on 24 October 2014. The answer can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2014-06-26/202782/</p><p> </p><p>I apologise for the delay in answering this question.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bermondsey and Old Southwark more like this
star this property answering member printed Simon Hughes more like this
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less than 2014-10-29T16:07:41.051664Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T16:07:41.051664Z
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star this property label Biography information for Simon Hughes more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this
100917
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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: Disability more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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 training his Department makes available to staff who assess people with progressive health conditions for employment and support allowance or personal independence payment on the nature of those conditions. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Bristol East more like this
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Kerry McCarthy more like this
star this property uin 211883 more like this
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star 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
star this property answer text <p /> <p> </p><p>All healthcare professionals who carry out either Work Capability Assessments or Personal Independence Payment assessments undergo broad and thorough training in disability analysis, as well as training in specific conditions, including progressive conditions. Atos Healthcare and Capita are required to conform to a rigorous set of quality and recruitment standards which are closely monitored by the Department for Work and Pensions.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2014-10-29T15:04:11.1201719Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T15:04:11.1201719Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Kerry McCarthy more like this
100921
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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 steps he is taking to reduce delays in benefit payments; and if he will make a statement. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 211859 more like this
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star 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
star this property answer text <p /> <p> </p><p>DWP has made a number of operational improvements in benefit processes across each working age benefit, supporting both speed of clearance performance and overall customer experience. There are no delays in benefit payments, working age benefits are currently being paid on time.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wirral West more like this
star this property answering member printed Esther McVey more like this
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less than 2014-10-29T16:26:55.3123483Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T16:26:55.3123483Z
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star this property label Biography information for Esther McVey more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
100916
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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: Disability more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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 assessment he has made of the adequacy of the support available for people with progressive conditions; and to what extent the assessment process for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payments takes into account the fluctuating and progressive nature of conditions such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Bristol East more like this
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Kerry McCarthy more like this
star this property uin 211882 more like this
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star 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
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) have been designed to take full account of fluctuating conditions and healthcare professionals who undertake assessments are required to fully explore and report any fluctuations in a claimant’s condition(s).</p><p> </p><p>If a claimant has a progressive medical condition, healthcare professionals will take this into consideration when advising the Department as to when the claimant might need to be reviewed.</p><p> </p><p>Entitlement to both ESA and PIP is based on the impact of the claimant’s disability or health conditions.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2014-10-29T14:56:59.9874724Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T14:56:59.9874724Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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1491
star this property label Biography information for Kerry McCarthy more like this
100913
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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 Housing Benefit more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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, how much each local authority in (a) Wales and (b) the UK returned to his Department in unused discretionary housing payment funding in 2013-14. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Aberconwy more like this
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Guto Bebb more like this
star this property uin 221891 more like this
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star 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
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Five local authorities in Wales spent less than their 2013-14 Government contribution in Discretionary Housing Payments. These were:</p><p> </p><p><strong>Local Authority Government Contribution Amount Unspent</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Ceredigion</p></td><td><p>£324,933</p></td><td><p>£290</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Conwy</p></td><td><p>£267,700</p></td><td><p>£1,498</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Gwynedd</p></td><td><p>£605,141</p></td><td><p>£20,072</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Newport</p></td><td><p>£343,870</p></td><td><p>£1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Pembrokeshire</p></td><td><p>£193,940</p></td><td><p>£4,176</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Details for all 240 local authorities in Great Britain which spent less than their 2013-14 Government contribution in DHP are provided in the attached annex.</p><p /> <p /> <p>For the remaining 140 local authorities across Great Britain, of which 17 were in Wales, DHP expenditure in 2013-14 either matched or exceeded the Government contribution.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-10-29T16:10:27.4587607Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T16:10:27.4587607Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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star this property file name UnspentDHPGB.PDF more like this
star this property title Unspent DHP GB more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Guto Bebb more like this
100920
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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 Employment: Older Workers more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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 assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings of the Mid-life Career Review Project. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 211858 more like this
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star 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
star this property answer text <p /> <p>I welcome the findings of the Mid-life Career Review. As identified in our publication “Fuller Working Lives – A Framework For Action”, re-skilling is an essential component in ensuring that people can work, earn and save for as long as they wish. A number of lessons learned from the pilot have already been integrated into existing career and skills provider practice, and the Department for Work and Pensions and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will continue to work with the National Careers Service and the wider network of advisers in the community, and with business, on ways to meet career review needs.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-10-29T14:51:16.5866608Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T14:51:16.5866608Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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163
star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
100914
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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: Medical Examinations more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what payments were made in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14 in compensation for delays to claimants arising from the Atos assessment process (a) nationwide and (b) in the Stoke-on-Trent area; what steps he is taking to ensure that no further such delays are incurred; and if he will make a statement. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Stoke-on-Trent North more like this
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Joan Walley more like this
star this property uin 211896 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
star this property answer text <p /> <p>My response relates to Work Capability Assessments.</p><p> </p><p>The reasons for making special payments are not routinely recorded and to provide the requested information would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>We are continuing to work closely with Atos under the current contract and process claims as quickly as possible. DWP’s aim is to continually improve the Work Capability Assessment process and help bring down waiting times for claimants.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2014-10-29T14:44:47.2273429Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T14:44:47.2273429Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Joan Walley more like this
100915
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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 Housing Benefit more like this
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25259
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, if he will initiate a review of the operation of the shared accommodation rate. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport more like this
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Oliver Colvile more like this
star this property uin 221887 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-30more like thismore than 2014-10-30
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The Department has no plans to review the way the Shared Accommodation Rates are calculated. The Rent Officer Services set the rates in line with the current DWP policy for uprating Local Housing Allowance and with reference to evidence of achieved rents in the local area.</p><p> </p><p>In 2014/15, 56 out of the 192 Shared Accommodation Rates have been increased by 4% in those areas where there is the greatest divergence between LHA rates and local rents.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-10-30T15:58:12.5485815Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-30T15:58:12.5485815Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Oliver Colvile more like this
100930
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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 pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the steps they are taking to reduce the cost of benefit fraud, what they propose to do, and how much they plan to spend, to reduce underpayments to claimants due to mistakes by officials or claimants. more like this
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Lord Beecham more like this
star this property uin HL2398 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-07more like thismore than 2014-11-07
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The Department takes both under and overpayments seriously and has in place a number of initiatives to address the errors that cause them. These activities address fraud as well as error, and both under and overpayments. It is therefore not possible to separate out the cost of activities focused exclusively on underpayments as a result of error.</p><p> </p><p>Universal Credit will make the welfare system simpler by replacing six benefits and credits with a single monthly payment. This simplification is expected to lead to a reduction in fraud and error due to the fact that information about claimants will be held in one place and updated more frequently and easily.</p><p> </p><p>For claimants that have income taxed under PAYE, Universal Credit will be linked to HMRC’s Real Time Information system, which will provide an automatic monthly update of their income thus reducing the potential for both error and fraud.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has invested in compliance activity, so that case correctness is maintained and fraud and error entering the system are detected and resolved quickly. Across all delivery arms there is a focus on accuracy and quality, including a continuous quality checking regime to review claims and check processing accuracy.</p><p> </p><p>We constantly review claims by checking them against data coming into our systems, in order to highlight potential anomalies. We do this by using business rules which focus on potential error to identify both under and overpayments.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is taking steps to encourage claimants to ensure that the information provided to us is accurate and up-to-date. This includes a fraud and error communications campaign about driving behaviour change and emphasising that claimants must report any change of circumstances.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud more like this
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less than 2014-11-07T13:39:35.2324599Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-07T13:39:35.2324599Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Beecham more like this
100919
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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 more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of universal credit access to childcare accounts equivalent to those proposed in the Childcare Payments Bill for claimants of tax-free childcare. more like this
unstar this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 211857 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Universal credit prepares claimants for the world of work in which around 75% of employees are paid monthly and in arrears. Monthly payment of benefit, which includes support for childcare costs that have been paid out, makes for more straightforward reporting and helps households to budget on a monthly income, which eases the transition into paid work.</p><p> </p><p>Moving to a system of ‘childcare accounts’ which ring-fences childcare costs would complicate the system for these claimants. It would add complexity to the Universal Credit system, which is being rolled out in a safe and controlled manner and could potentially increase the administration costs of running two systems in parallel.</p><p> </p><p>We have worked with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to support claimants that may wish to switch between Universal Credit and Tax Free Childcare. It will be easy for parents to register and open a childcare account online for Tax Free Childcare, and those who wish to move back to Universal Credit may do so without having to report the change to HMRC. Both systems are designed to be simple, responsive and flexible.</p><p> </p><p>We recognise the importance of providing information and support to help parents make an informed choice about which scheme to access. Alongside wider guidance and information, we will provide support and online tools for parents choosing between Universal Credit and Tax-Free Childcare.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-10-29T14:39:47.483141Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T14:39:47.483141Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this