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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 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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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government why housing benefit overpayments increased to £1.4 billion in 2013–14 and how they are addressing the issue. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL2376 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Housing Benefit is a complex benefit administered by 380 Local Authorities. It has a high proportion of in-work claimants and this caseload is more likely to undergo changes in circumstances than out-of-work claimants. If claimants fail to report changes in circumstances correctly and in a timely manner then overpayments will occur.</p><p>The rate of fraud in Housing Benefit has been stable for many years at 1.4% since 2008-09. Official error has also remained relatively stable over the last six years, currently standing at 0.6% which is the same level as in 2008-09. Claimant error has increased from 2.7% in 2008-09 to 3.8% in 2013-14.</p><p>The rise in HB claimant error is primarily earnings related and a consequence of failure to report these changes. DWP is taking action to deal with this issue through better data sharing with Local Authorities, such as the introduction of real time information (RTI) on earnings, so that local authorities are alerted to changes quickly and do not have to rely on the claimant informing them of changes.</p><p>Longer term, Housing Benefit for working age claimants will be replaced by the housing cost element of Universal Credit and will be paid as a single monthly payment with the other elements. This will reduce the opportunity for Fraud and Error and prevent overpayments from occurring.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-11-04T15:11:36.0906958Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-04T15:11:36.0906958Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4289
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Manzoor remove filter
417037
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2015-09-07more like thismore than 2015-09-07
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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 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 many claims for (1) Jobseeker’s Allowance, (2) Universal Credit, (3) Disability Living Allowance, (4) Personal Independence Payment, (5) Employment Support Allowance, (6) Income Support, and (7) Carer’s Allowance, were subject to a request for mandatory reconsideration in each year since 2013; how many of those claims were (a) approved, and (b) rejected, following the reconsideration process; how many claims that were rejected by the reconsideration process subsequently came before (i) the first-tier tribunal, and (ii) the Upper tribunal; and in each case how many claims were approved. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL1957 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 2015-09-17more like thismore than 2015-09-17
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The information requested is not available, and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has published data on Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) and the Ministry of Justice on appeals as follows:</p><p> </p><p>- Ad hoc statistics on MR receipts and clearance times</p><p>- Personal Independence Payment statistics</p><p>- ESA and JSA sanctions</p><p>- Appeals – all benefits</p><p> </p><p>The information will now be placed in the House library.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has plans to look into what might be possible to publish on mandatory reconsiderations in the existing regular statistical publications, including information on outcomes. As each publication is ready, DWP statisticians will pre-announce the improvements in accordance with the UKSA release protocols.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2015-09-17T15:08:33.833Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-17T15:08:33.833Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Manzoor remove filter
417038
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unstar this property date less than 2015-09-07more like thismore than 2015-09-07
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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 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 support given to those of working age living in a household subject to the benefit cap; how many of those people received employment support: and how many of those receiving employment support moved into work in 2014 and 2015. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL1958 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 2015-09-17more like thismore than 2015-09-17
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Since April 2012 Jobcentre Plus has been supporting claimants potentially affected by the benefit cap to ensure they receive the help they need to move closer to the labour market. Management Information was collected from pre-implementation in May 2012 to November 2013 showing approximately 35,800 people living in potentially capped households had accepted an offer of support. More recent information on the number of people living in capped households who have received employment support and on how many of them have moved into work is not readily available but employment support continues to be available.</p><p>Since the cap was introduced in April 2013, more than 16,000 previously capped households have entered work, as defined by an open Working Tax Credit claim. A suite of evaluation was published on 15 December 2014 finding those affected by the benefit cap were 41 per cent more likely to go into work, as defined by having an open Working Tax Credit claim, than a similar group with benefit entitlement just under the cap level. 38 per cent of those capped said they were doing more to find work.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2015-09-17T11:22:47.72Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-17T11:22:47.72Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Manzoor remove filter
417040
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unstar this property date less than 2015-09-07more like thismore than 2015-09-07
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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 Employment and Support Allowance 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 cost of travel to (1) hospital appointments, (2) Work Capability Assessment appointments, and (3) Jobcentre Plus appointments, for recipients of Employment Support Allowance in the work-related activity group. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL1960 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 2015-09-17more like thismore than 2015-09-17
star this property answer text <p>The Department of Health does not collect data centrally on the cost of travel to hospital appointments; this is a matter for local NHS organisations.</p><p>The Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme is part of the NHS Low Income Scheme, and was set up to provide financial assistance to those patients who do not have a medical need for Hospital or ambulance transport, but who require assistance with their travel costs. The scheme is run locally by the NHS and is funded from local budgets rather than centrally forming part of the overall NHS cash Allocation.</p><p> </p><p>All claimants that attend an appointment for a Work Capability Assessment (WCA) are entitled to claim back any reasonable travel costs incurred. The Department does not break down the cost of travel to WCA for recipients of Employment and Support Allowance to Work Related Activity Group level but, per claimant, in total, that has actually made a claim for expenses, during the period March 2015 to May 2015 the average cost was between £8.75 - £8.90</p><p> </p><p>Claimants that attend an appointment at a jobcentre are refunded travel costs in appropriate circumstances. The Department does not break down the cost of travel to jobcentres for recipients of Employment and Support Allowance to Work Related Activity Group level.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2015-09-17T14:45:25.307Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-17T14:45:25.307Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Manzoor remove filter
425831
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2015-11-03more like thismore than 2015-11-03
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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
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 number of additional hours of employment and jobs available to people wanting to increase their working hours in order to avoid the proposed four-year freeze in working age benefits from 2016. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL3229 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 2015-11-09more like thismore than 2015-11-09
star this property answer text <p>The Government set out its assessment of the impacts of the policies in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill on 20th July. These are available on the Parliament website.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2015-11-09T16:25:04.28Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-09T16:25:04.28Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Manzoor remove filter
425832
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2015-11-03more like thismore than 2015-11-03
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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
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 how many people will work more hours as a result of the proposed four-year freeze in working age benefits from 2016. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL3230 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 2015-11-09more like thismore than 2015-11-09
star this property answer text <p>The Government set out its assessment of the impacts of the policies in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill on 20th July. These are available on the Parliament website.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2015-11-09T16:06:08.44Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-09T16:06:08.44Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Manzoor remove filter
425833
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2015-11-03more like thismore than 2015-11-03
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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 Mobility 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 what definitions of social mobility are used by the new Social Mobility Commission, and whether they refer to changes in income. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL3231 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 2015-11-12more like thismore than 2015-11-12
star this property answer text <p>Provisions to reform the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission as the Social Mobility Commission are currently under consideration by Parliament as part of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill. Until these receive Royal Assent, the Commission will continue to operate under its existing statutory framework. Operating arrangements for the reformed Commission will be set in due course, subject to Royal Assent.</p><p><strong></strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2015-11-12T13:01:46.303Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-12T13:01:46.303Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Manzoor remove filter
425835
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2015-11-03more like thismore than 2015-11-03
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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
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 what assessment they have made of (1) whether the proposed new, lower benefit cap has a gendered effect, and (2) whether any such effect would be mitigated by excluding certain child benefits from that cap. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL3233 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 2015-11-12more like thismore than 2015-11-12
star this property answer text <p>Her Majesty’s Government set out its assessment of the impacts of the policies in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill on 20th July, a copy of which is attached.</p><br /><p>Like other welfare benefits, child related benefits are taken into account when applying the cap. Removing them from the cap would effectively mean that there would be no upper limit on the amount of benefit that out of work households could receive.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2015-11-12T13:05:10.393Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-12T13:05:10.393Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4289
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514678
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unstar this property date less than 2016-04-21more like thismore than 2016-04-21
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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
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, for each of the last three years, how many times official errors have resulted in (1) underpayment, or (2) non-payment, of (a) Jobseekers' Allowance, (b) Employment and Support Allowance, (c) Universal Credit, (d) Housing Benefit, and (e) Income Support, in each local authority in the UK. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL7824 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 2016-05-03more like thismore than 2016-05-03
star this property answer text <p>DWP is unable to provide a breakdown of the number of official errors at the Local Authority level. This is because the estimation of the rate and monetary value of official errors in a particular benefit is based on a sample of cases rather than the entire caseload for that benefit, and this sample is not large enough to split at the Local Authority level.</p><p> </p><p>DWP does not gather information on the number of children in a household when evaluating the rate of fraud and error in any particular benefit.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
unstar this property grouped question UIN HL7825 more like this
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less than 2016-05-03T11:42:46.267Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-03T11:42:46.267Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4289
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514679
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2016-04-21more like thismore than 2016-04-21
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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
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, for each of the last three years, how many households containing children had an underpayment or non-payment of benefit as a result of official error. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL7825 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 2016-05-03more like thismore than 2016-05-03
star this property answer text <p>DWP is unable to provide a breakdown of the number of official errors at the Local Authority level. This is because the estimation of the rate and monetary value of official errors in a particular benefit is based on a sample of cases rather than the entire caseload for that benefit, and this sample is not large enough to split at the Local Authority level.</p><p> </p><p>DWP does not gather information on the number of children in a household when evaluating the rate of fraud and error in any particular benefit.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
unstar this property grouped question UIN HL7824 more like this
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less than 2016-05-03T11:42:46.35Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-03T11:42:46.35Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Manzoor remove filter