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star this property date less than 2019-03-27more like thismore than 2019-03-27
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits remove filter
star 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 Work and Pensions, what support her Department provides to families who have been reunited through refugee family reunion to access the social security system. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol West more like this
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Thangam Debbonaire more like this
star this property uin 237691 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 2019-04-05more like thismore than 2019-04-05
star this property answer text <p>Those who have joined a family member in the UK through refugee family reunion are entitled to the same support as any other person. As with anyone else, they will be assessed to ascertain whether they have complex needs and whether they require additional support to access DWP services.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-04-05T11:10:01.68Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-05T11:10:01.68Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Thangam Debbonaire more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-01more like thismore than 2019-05-01
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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 remove filter
star 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 Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to promote the use of benefits calculators to help ensure that people claim the benefits to which they are entitled. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 249806 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 2019-05-08more like thismore than 2019-05-08
star this property answer text <p>The independent benefits calculators we endorse are intended to provide useful estimations of what people can get in certain circumstances, based on what information is entered on the calculators themselves. This is to allow people to safely explore what help they may receive from Universal Credit before they apply, or based on potential changes of circumstances.</p><p> </p><p>Information on accessing independent benefit calculators is readily available via the gov.uk website. This includes links to three independent calculators and advice on the type of information required to complete a calculation.</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators</a></p><p> </p><p>In addition, DWP staff will signpost post people to independent benefit calculators and websites which provide additional advice and guidance.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-05-08T15:40:26.093Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-08T15:40:26.093Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
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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 remove filter
star 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 Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the average real terms losses of families affected by the four year freeze to social security payments in the total period of the operation of that freeze. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bootle more like this
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Peter Dowd more like this
star this property uin 254833 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 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
star this property answer text <p>An estimate of the notional loss to household income as a result of the benefit freeze can be found at: <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA15-006C.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA15-006C.pdf</a>.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-05-20T11:43:35.69Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T11:43:35.69Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Peter Dowd more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits remove filter
star 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 Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the benefits freeze on the incomes of households with children. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Hugh Gaffney more like this
star this property uin 256366 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-29more like thismore than 2019-05-29
star this property answer text <p>An Impact Assessment of the benefit freeze was published in 2015, this is available in the link below.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA15-006C.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.parliament.uk/documents/impact-assessments/IA15-006C.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Welfare Reforms such as the benefit freeze were designed to incentivise parents to choose to move into and progress in work. Evidence shows that work is the best route out of poverty. Children in workless households are five time more likely to be in poverty than those in households where all adults were working. Since 2007/08, the incomes of the poorest fifth have increased by over £850 above inflation, whereas the incomes of the richest fifth have increased by around £650.</p> more like this
unstar this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-05-29T12:21:19.547Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-29T12:21:19.547Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
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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 remove filter
star 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 Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy for his Department to collect information on the length of time taken for benefit payments to be made; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 217673 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 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
star this property answer text <p>The department uses a range of metrics to track and manage timeliness of payments within the benefits system. I refer the Rt.Hon. Member to the reply I gave to his previous Parliamentary Question UIN<a href="http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-questions-answers/?page=1&amp;max=20&amp;questiontype=AllQuestions&amp;house=commons,lords&amp;use-dates=True&amp;answered-from=2014-10-29&amp;answered-to=2014-10-29&amp;dept=29&amp;uin=211860" target="_blank">211860,</a>on the 29<sup>th</sup> October 2014.</p><p> </p> more like this
unstar 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 2014-12-11T15:36:58.74Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-11T15:36:58.74Z
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unstar 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
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits remove filter
star 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 Work and Pensions, how many people received (a) housing benefit but not council tax benefit, (b) council tax benefit but not housing benefit and (c) housing benefit and council tax benefit in (i) Suffolk, (ii) Bedfordshire, (iii) Cambridgeshire, (iv) Essex, (v) Hertfordshire, (vi) Norfolk and (vii) England in each year since 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bury St Edmunds more like this
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Mr David Ruffley more like this
star this property uin 218404 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The information we have up to February 2013, by local authority area within each of the geographies requested, is published and available from Table 1of the publications found at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/housing-benefit-and-council-tax-benefit-caseload-statistics--2" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/housing-benefit-and-council-tax-benefit-caseload-statistics--2</a></p><p> </p><p>Council Tax Benefit (CTB) was replaced in April 2013 by the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme and in England the Department for Communities and Local Government is now responsible for these statistics. The Scottish and Welsh Governments have similar responsibility.</p> more like this
unstar 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 2014-12-16T12:37:11.377Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-16T12:37:11.377Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr David Ruffley more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-01-20more like thismore than 2015-01-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits remove filter
star 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 Work and Pensions, how many recipients of (a) pension credit, (b) winter fuel allowance and (c) Christmas Bonus there were in each of the last five years up to the most recent period for which figures are available in (i) the UK, (ii) Scotland, (iii) England, (iv) Wales and (v) Northern Ireland. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Airdrie and Shotts more like this
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Pamela Nash more like this
star this property uin 221474 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-23more like thismore than 2015-01-23
star this property answer text <p>Latest available statistics for Pension Credit recipients in Great Britain are published on the Department’s website at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="http://tabulation-tool.dwp.gov.uk/100pc/pc/tabtool_pc.html" target="_blank">http://tabulation-tool.dwp.gov.uk/100pc/pc/tabtool_pc.html</a></p><p> </p><p>Guidance for users is available at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-tabulation-tool-guidance" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-tabulation-tool-guidance</a></p><p> </p><p>Latest available statistics for Winter Fuel Payments in Great Britain are published on the Department’s website at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/winter-fuel-payments-caseload-and-household-figures" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/winter-fuel-payments-caseload-and-household-figures</a></p><p> </p><p>Available statistics for Christmas bonus payments are in the table</p><p> </p><p><strong>Recipients of Christmas Bonus(*) by Geographical Area (Thousands)</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>All (GB and Overseas)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Airdrie and Shotts</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>North Lanarkshire</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>England</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Scotland</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Wales</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>15,468</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>84</p></td><td><p>12,777</p></td><td><p>1,351</p></td><td><p>858</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>15,586</p></td><td><p>22</p></td><td><p>85</p></td><td><p>12,873</p></td><td><p>1,370</p></td><td><p>870</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>15,547</p></td><td><p>23</p></td><td><p>86</p></td><td><p>12,841</p></td><td><p>1,374</p></td><td><p>876</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>15,466</p></td><td><p>23</p></td><td><p>86</p></td><td><p>12,773</p></td><td><p>1,373</p></td><td><p>878</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009/10</p></td><td><p>15,370</p></td><td><p>23</p></td><td><p>87</p></td><td><p>12,693</p></td><td><p>1,374</p></td><td><p>878</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>(*) To get a Christmas Bonus a person must be present or ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, any European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland during the qualifying week.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Responsibility for these benefits in Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland Executive Minister for Social Development.</p>
unstar this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 221475 more like this
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less than 2015-01-23T11:46:50.327Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-23T11:46:50.327Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Pamela Nash more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-06-05more like thismore than 2014-06-05
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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 remove filter
star 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 Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of removing dedicated funding for local welfare assistance; and if he will review the current local welfare assistance arrangements introduced in 2013 before any such change is made. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wentworth and Dearne more like this
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John Healey more like this
star this property uin 199275 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-11more like thismore than 2014-06-11
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>In the next spending round period, from April 2015, central government will continue to provide support to local authorities through general funds, as part of the coalition Government's commitment to reducing ring-fencing and ending top-down Whitehall control.</p><p> </p><p>It was always the intention that 2014-15 would be the last year of separate funding for local welfare provision from the Department for Work and Pensions. Councils will continue to provide support to those in their community who face financial difficulties or who find themselves in unavoidable circumstances.</p><p> </p><p>In contrast to a centralised grant system that was poorly targeted, councils can now choose how to best support local welfare needs within their areas. As this is an administrative change only no assessment has been made of the effects. However we are carrying out a review of the current arrangements, working with the Local Government Association and the Department for Communities and Local Government. Once completed it is our intention to place a copy of the findings in the House Library. <br></p>
unstar 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 2014-06-11T11:23:55.9040024Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-11T11:23:55.9040024Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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star this property label Biography information for John Healey more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-07-07more like thismore than 2014-07-07
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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 remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received in support of maintaining the local welfare provision grant to local authorities; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 204263 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-10more like thismore than 2014-07-10
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>I refer the Rt. Hon. Member to my previous answer to the hon. Member for Torbay, Mr Adrian Sanders, <em>Official Report</em>, 13 March 2014, column 318W. Our position has not changed.</p> more like this
unstar 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 2014-07-10T14:26:11.775479Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-10T14:26:11.775479Z
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unstar 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
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star this property date less than 2014-09-01more like thismore than 2014-09-01
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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 remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the difference between changes in (a) carers' benefits, (b) disability benefits and (c) older people's benefits and the rate of inflation in each of the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow North West more like this
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John Robertson more like this
star this property uin 207636 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-05more like thismore than 2014-09-05
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>Carers’ and disability benefits, and the additional State pension, must by statute be up-rated in line with prices. So the increase in those benefits over the last three years has reflected the increase in the Consumer Price Index.</p><p>The basic State pension has been increased with the triple lock (by the highest of average earnings, CPI or 2.5%), and the Standard Minimum Guarantee in Pension Credit has been up-rated in line with the cash increase in the basic State pension. In each of the last three years, this means that the Standard Minimum Guarantee has increased by more than the minimum requirement of the increase in average earnings. The resulting over-indexation of the Standard Minimum Guarantee has been funded through an increase in the savings credit threshold and the associated reduction in the Savings Credit maximum.</p><p>The table indicates the percentage increases in CPI; basic State Pension; average earnings; and the Standard Minimum Guarantee in each of the past three years.</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>2014/15</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>CPI</p></td><td><p>5.2%</p></td><td><p>2.2%</p></td><td><p>2.7%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Basic State pension</p></td><td><p>5.2%</p></td><td><p>2.5%</p></td><td><p>2.7%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Average earnings</p></td><td><p>2.8%</p></td><td><p>1.6%</p></td><td><p>1.2%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Pension Credit Standard Minimum Guarantee</p></td><td><p>3.9%</p></td><td><p>1.9%</p></td><td><p>2.0%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
unstar 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 2014-09-05T12:59:01.5129787Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-05T12:59:01.5129787Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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star this property label Biography information for John Robertson more like this