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star this property date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Livestock: Electromagnetic Fields 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has commissioned research on the potential effect of electro-magnetic waves on levels of premature deaths in farm animals. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
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Dr David Drew more like this
star this property uin 280136 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 2019-08-08more like thismore than 2019-08-08
star this property answer text <p>Defra manages an active programme of research to support the health and welfare of livestock. The research programme focusses on prevention and control of infectious diseases as well as covering animal welfare issues. There is no current research funded on electro-magnetic waves and their potential impact from this programme.</p><p> </p><p>Defra does have a regular, consistent systematic process for identifying and assessing new threats to animal health and welfare through the Veterinary Risk Group and the issue has not been raised which could inform future research requirements.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Richmond Park more like this
star this property answering member printed Zac Goldsmith more like this
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less than 2019-08-08T10:50:47.16Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-08T10:50:47.16Z
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star this property label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
1140930
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star this property date less than 2019-07-22more like thismore than 2019-07-22
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Donkeys: Animal Products 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) China and (b) countries in east Africa on ending the international trade in donkey skins; and what recent steps he has taken to help implement an international ban on the trade in donkey skins. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
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Dr David Drew more like this
star this property uin 280134 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 2019-08-08more like thismore than 2019-08-08
star this property answer text <p>Defra takes the welfare of donkeys and other equids very seriously and has taken an active role in global efforts to monitor and strengthen welfare standards for these species. This included contributing to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Code chapter on <em>Welfare or Working Equids </em>adopted by OIE members in 2016, which provides species specific guidance to complement the general welfare principles applying to all animals. In addition we have contributed to the EU voluntary initiative developing guidance on responsible ownership and care of equidae. Influencing the raising of global standards through international fora can be an effective and sustainable way to address these issues across the world and therefore have a broader impact than bilateral meetings with particular countries. This is part of the Government’s strong commitment to strengthening welfare standards.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Richmond Park more like this
star this property answering member printed Zac Goldsmith more like this
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less than 2019-08-08T10:43:49.927Zmore like thismore than 2019-08-08T10:43:49.927Z
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star this property label Biography information for Zac Goldsmith more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
1137614
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
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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 Local Housing Allowance 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 proportion of single room properties that were affordable for local housing allowance claimants in each region of England in (a) 2010 and (b) the most recent period for which data is available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd more like this
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 274447 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
star this property answer text <p><strong> </strong></p><p>In 2010, Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates were set at the 50th percentile of local rents, so half of non-housing benefit properties in the private rented sector were available within the LHA rate.</p><p> </p><p>The proportion of non-housing benefit single room accommodation available within the LHA rate by region in England for 2018/19 are as follows:</p><p><strong> </strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>East Midlands</p></td><td><p>15%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Eastern</p></td><td><p>13%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>London</p></td><td><p>8%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North East</p></td><td><p>14%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>North West</p></td><td><p>15%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South East</p></td><td><p>14%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South West</p></td><td><p>15%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>West Midlands</p></td><td><p>16%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Yorkshire &amp; The Humber</p></td><td><p>21%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Note: figures are exclusive of housing benefit properties as the lettings data used to calculate the LHA is exclusive of tenancies where the claimant is in receipt of housing benefit.</p><p> </p><p>There are no current plans to extend or maintain the LHA Freeze after March 2020. Specific decisions on how to uprate the Local Housing Allowance rates from April 2020 will form part of the discussions in support of fiscal events later this year.</p>
star 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 2019-07-11T13:53:48.173Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-11T13:53:48.173Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this
1128289
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-22more like thismore than 2019-05-22
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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 Funeral Payments 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 many funeral expenses payment awards were made in 2018-19; and (ii) what the value of those payments was. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South more like this
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Stewart Malcolm McDonald more like this
star this property uin 257550 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 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
star this property answer text <p><strong> </strong></p><p>The number and gross expenditure of Funeral Expenses Payment awards, in Great Britain, is reported annually in Appendix 1 of the Social Fund Annual Report:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-fund-annual-report-2017-to-2018" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-fund-annual-report-2017-to-2018</a></p><p>The information requested for 2018/19 will be published in due course, and so cannot be released ahead of publication.</p><p> </p> more like this
star 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 2019-06-05T13:05:33.807Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-05T13:05:33.807Z
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4423
star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stewart Malcolm McDonald more like this
1134528
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star this property date less than 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
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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 Debt Collection 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 her Department has received from debt collection agencies in respect of civil penalties in each of the last 12 months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency High Peak more like this
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Ruth George more like this
star this property uin 269123 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
star this property answer text <p><strong> </strong></p><p>The table below details the amount recovered from Debt Collection Agencies in respect of Civil Penalties in each of the last 12 months.*</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Month</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Recovery Value</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jun 2018</p></td><td><p>£6,900</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jul 2018</p></td><td><p>£5,500</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Aug 2018</p></td><td><p>£6,900</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sep 2018</p></td><td><p>£5,200</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Oct 2018</p></td><td><p>£4,600</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Nov 2018</p></td><td><p>£6,400</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dec 2018</p></td><td><p>£4,600</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jan 2019</p></td><td><p>£3,000</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Feb 2019</p></td><td><p>£4,700</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Mar 2019</p></td><td><p>£5,800</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Apr 2019</p></td><td><p>£3,500</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p>May 2019</p></td><td><p>£3,800</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>A £50 Civil Penalty may be imposed by both Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Local Authorities where an individual incurs a recoverable overpayment as a result of failing to provide accurate information as part of their benefit claim or in connection with an award of benefit, and has not taken reasonable steps to correct the error.</p><p> </p><p>When recovering overpayments, DWP ensures that appropriate safeguards are in place to protect claimants from any undue financial hardship. Like the Department, private collection agencies will look to establish sustainable repayment arrangements.</p><p> </p><p><em>*The data provided in this response has been sourced from internal management information and was not intended for public release. It should therefore not be compared to any other, similar data subsequently released by the Department. All figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred.</em></p>
star 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 2019-07-01T16:50:55.953Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-01T16:50:55.953Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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4662
unstar this property label Biography information for Ruth George more like this
1135249
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star this property date less than 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
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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 Local Housing Allowance 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 plans the Government has to restore local housing allowance rates to cover the cheapest third of local rents to improve affordability for residents in receipt of that allowance who seek to live in private accommodation. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
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Tom Brake more like this
star this property uin 270236 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 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
star this property answer text <p><strong> </strong></p><p>There are no plans to extend or maintain the Benefit Freeze after March 2020. Specific decisions on how to uprate the Local Housing Allowance from April 2020 will form part of the discussions in support of fiscal events later this year.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star 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 2019-07-02T10:47:16.797Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-02T10:47:16.797Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
1111033
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star this property date less than 2019-04-10more like thismore than 2019-04-10
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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
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions 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 Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of the 192 shared accommodation rates of local housing allowance have been uprated as a result of the targeted affordability fund in each year since this was introduced. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Westminster North more like this
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Ms Karen Buck more like this
star this property uin 243316 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-15more like thismore than 2019-04-15
star this property answer text <p><strong>The information requested is in the table below.</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Shared Accommodation Rates</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Proportion</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2017/2018</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>22 </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>11%</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2018/2019</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>60</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>31%</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2019/2020</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>87</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>45%</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table> more like this
star 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 2019-04-15T14:47:10.017Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-15T14:47:10.017Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ms Karen Buck more like this
1127583
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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 Children: Maintenance more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she has taken to ensure child maintenance payments are made on time by employers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rhondda more like this
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Chris Bryant more like this
star this property uin 256284 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 2019-05-23more like thismore than 2019-05-23
star this property answer text <p>A welcome pack is issued to each new employer which is followed up with a telephone call to a specific person in payroll to check they understand the Deductions from Earnings Order (DEO) process and the employers obligation, to deduct payments on time from employee salary. Each month thereafter, a target schedule is sent to the employer’s payroll department.</p><p> </p><p>For existing employers a target schedule is also sent and a phone call will have taken place when we initially requested deductions to be taken.</p><p> </p><p>If employers don’t make the payment to CMS on time we will call that employer 5 working days after the missed payment to investigate late payment and re-iterate their obligations to CMS.</p><p> </p><p>Where employers repeatedly fail to send payments, we will work with them to understand what we need to do in order to reach compliance. At this point we also work alongside our Financial Investigations Unit, where we might consider a face to face visit to the employer is appropriate. This will take place with trained investigators, who will also remind employers of their legal obligation to deduct and pass on child maintenance payments.</p>
star 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 2019-05-23T15:55:19.753Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-23T15:55:19.753Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Bryant more like this
1136302
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star this property date less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
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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 Debt Collection 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 Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2019 to Question 269123, the total amount of civil penalties her Department has issued in each of the last 12 months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency High Peak more like this
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Ruth George more like this
star this property uin 272257 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 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
star this property answer text <p>A £50 Civil Penalty may be imposed by both Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Local Authorities where an individual incurs a recoverable overpayment as a result of failing to provide accurate information as part of their benefit claim or in connection with an award of benefit, and has not taken reasonable steps to correct the error.</p><p> </p><p>The table below shows the volume of Civil Penalties applied in the 12 months from July 2018 to June 2019*.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Month</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Civil Penalties Applied</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jul-18</p></td><td><p>6,600</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Aug-18</p></td><td><p>7,300</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Sep-18</p></td><td><p>6,800</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Oct-18</p></td><td><p>8,900</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Nov-18</p></td><td><p>8,900</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Dec-18</p></td><td><p>7,500</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jan-19</p></td><td><p>10,600</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Feb-19</p></td><td><p>10,800</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Mar-19</p></td><td><p>9,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Apr-19</p></td><td><p>8,200</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>May-19</p></td><td><p>8,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Jun-19</p></td><td><p>7,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>99,600</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>If a claimant is having difficult repaying a benefit overpayment or Civil Penalty, they can request a review of the amount that is being taken. Any adjustment in the rate of repayment will be based on the individual circumstances of the debtor.</p><p> </p><p>When recovering benefit overpayments, the DWP ensures that appropriate safeguards are in place to protect claimants from any undue financial hardship.</p><p> </p><p><em>*The data provided in this response has been sourced from internal management information and was not intended for public release. It should therefore not be compared to any other, similar data subsequently released by the Department. All figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred.</em></p>
star 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 2019-07-08T13:00:06.227Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-08T13:00:06.227Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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4662
unstar this property label Biography information for Ruth George more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
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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 Poverty: Children 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, pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2019 to Question 254154 on Poverty: Children, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the decline in the number of children in absolute low-income households between 2004-5 and 2009-10. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Vale of Clwyd more like this
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Chris Ruane more like this
star this property uin 256959 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
star this property answer text <p>Absolute low income takes the 60 per cent of median income threshold from 2010/11 and moves this in line with inflation. This is designed to assess how low incomes are faring with reference to inflation. The percentage of individuals in absolute low income will decrease if individuals with lower incomes see their real incomes rising (increasing by more than inflation).</p><p> </p><p>Trends in the number of children in absolute poverty can be found using the link below, in table 4.4tr, in the file “children-trends-hbai-1994-95-2017-18-tables.ods”.</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/789816/hbai-2017-2018-tables-ods-files.zip" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/789816/hbai-2017-2018-tables-ods-files.zip</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Between 2004/05 and 2009/10 the number of children in absolute low income households before housing costs fell, indicating that children in lower income households saw their real incomes rise by more than inflation. However, the number of children in absolute low income households after housing costs was 3.8m in both 2004/05 and 2009/10. This suggests that for low income households with children, these real rises in income were offset by increasing housing costs during this period.</p>
star 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 2019-06-04T14:38:17.857Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-04T14:38:17.857Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Ruane more like this