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unstar this property date less than 2016-07-11more like thismore than 2016-07-11
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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 Pension Funds: Valuation more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce a smoothed discount rate for the purpose of pension fund valuation. more like this
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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts more like this
star this property uin HL1101 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 2016-07-14more like thismore than 2016-07-14
star this property answer text <p>Government consulted in 2013 on whether legislation should be introduced to allow the ‘smoothing’ of asset values and liabilities in funding valuations.</p><p>Responses to the call for evidence indicated that there was no strong case for legislating to permit smoothing, with the overwhelming majority of respondents against this option. Respondents instead favoured greater use of the flexibilities within the existing legislation governing scheme funding.</p><p>In its response to the call for evidence the Government advised that, given the views received, it did not intend to pursue the option of legislating to permit asset and liability smoothing, and that remains the Government’s position.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-07-14T13:45:50.157Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-14T13:45:50.157Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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1651
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts more like this
529943
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unstar this property date less than 2016-06-29more like thismore than 2016-06-29
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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 Stamp Duty Land Tax 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, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Altmann on 16 June (HL502), what provision is made for claimants suffering severe myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome who are housebound or bedbound and who are unable to attend a face-to-face consultation. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL871 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 2016-07-13more like thismore than 2016-07-13
star this property answer text <p>A home consultation can be offered where a claimant is unable to travel to a consultation as a result of their health condition or impairment.</p><p> </p><p>Situations where a claimant may need a home consultation can include where a person’s diagnosis suggests a significant disability that may make travel extremely difficult or the claimant provides evidence from a health professional that they are unable to travel due to their health condition or impairment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-07-13T15:08:42.427Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-13T15:08:42.427Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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1861
unstar this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
532334
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2016-07-04more like thismore than 2016-07-04
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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 Bahrain: Technical Assistance 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 discussions they have had with Atos and Capita about introducing audio recordings of Personal Independence Payment assessments. more like this
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
star this property uin HL931 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 2016-07-11more like thismore than 2016-07-11
star this property answer text <p>There are no current contractual obligations for Personal Independence Payment assessment providers (Atos and Capita) to provide an audio-recording of consultations. Claimants may use their own equipment to record their face-to-face consultation should they wish, subject to any reasonable conditions the Department place on such recordings.</p><p>We regularly keep our position on recording under review and will be having further dialogue with the Assessment Providers on this point.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-07-11T14:26:36.683Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-11T14:26:36.683Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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3785
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
532335
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unstar this property date less than 2016-07-04more like thismore than 2016-07-04
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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 Sayed Alwadaei 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 they monitor Personal Independence Payment assessments for accuracy. more like this
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
star this property uin HL932 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 2016-07-11more like thismore than 2016-07-11
star this property answer text <p>The Department is committed to ensuring that all Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants receive high quality, objective, fair and accurate assessments. The Department closely monitors all aspects of the process including the performance of the assessment providers, Atos Healthcare and Capita.</p><p>From 1<sup>st</sup> July 2016, we implemented an independent audit of PIP throughout Great Britain. This covers an audit of assessments carried out by our providers to ensure that the advice they provide to the Department's decision makers is of suitable quality, is fully explained and is justified.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-07-11T13:47:20.913Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-11T13:47:20.913Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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3785
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
532336
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2016-07-04more like thismore than 2016-07-04
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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 Al-Sayed Alawi Hussain al-Alawi, 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 they ensure that all medical reports presented by claimants at Personal Independence Payment assessments are read by assessors. more like this
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
star this property uin HL933 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 2016-07-11more like thismore than 2016-07-11
star this property answer text <p>Health Professionals must support their evaluation of the claimant’s health condition by an examination of all submitted materials thereby ensuring that the information provided to the Department’s Decision Makers is fully explained and justified.</p><p>The Department closely monitors all aspects of the process including the performance of Health Professionals to ensure that the advice they provide to the Department's Decision Makers is of suitable quality.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-07-11T14:26:12.817Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-11T14:26:12.817Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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3785
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
532337
star this property registered interest false more like this
unstar this property date less than 2016-07-04more like thismore than 2016-07-04
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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 Teachers: Training more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all Personal Independence Payment assessment centres are accessible for disabled people. more like this
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Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
star this property uin HL934 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 2016-07-11more like thismore than 2016-07-11
star this property answer text <p>All Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment sites must be fully compliant with the Equality Act 2010 with suitable ground floor accommodation available. The assessment providers are required to ensure that the needs of all PIP claimants are considered, including proximity to public transport routes and access to suitable parking.</p><p>Before attending a face-to-face consultation, claimants are informed that they can alert their assessment provider of any additional requirements that they may have and the providers will meet any such reasonable requests.<strong> </strong></p><p>Where appropriate, assessments may also be carried out in a claimant’s home.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-07-11T13:58:41.903Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-11T13:58:41.903Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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3785
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Thomas of Winchester more like this
525104
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unstar this property date less than 2016-06-14more like thismore than 2016-06-14
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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 Holiday Accommodation: Fire Prevention 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 pensioners received Attendance Allowance in (1) London, and (2) the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, in each year since 2012, broken down between (a) the higher, and (b) the lower, rate. more like this
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Baroness King of Bow more like this
star this property uin HL689 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 2016-06-21more like thismore than 2016-06-21
star this property answer text <p>The numbers of claimants receiving higher or lower rate Attendance Allowance in (1) London and (2) the London Borough of Tower Hamlets are detailed below:</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>Nov - 2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Nov - 2013</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Nov - 2014</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Nov - 2015</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>London Total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>138,710</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>133,470</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>131,930</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>130,760</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Higher</p></td><td><p>80,690</p></td><td><p>78,510</p></td><td><p>78,790</p></td><td><p>79,800</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lower</p></td><td><p>58,050</p></td><td><p>54,950</p></td><td><p>53,120</p></td><td><p>51,000</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Tower Hamlets Total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>3,420</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>3,310</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>3,380</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>3,460</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Higher</p></td><td><p>2,030</p></td><td><p>2,020</p></td><td><p>2,100</p></td><td><p>2,200</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Lower</p></td><td><p>1,380</p></td><td><p>1,290</p></td><td><p>1,290</p></td><td><p>1,260</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br><em>Source: DWP Tab Tool (Cases in Payment)</em></p><p><em>Note: Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.</em></p><p><em> Figures may not sum due to rounding.</em></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-06-21T15:21:57.807Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-21T15:21:57.807Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness King of Bow more like this
525105
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unstar this property date less than 2016-06-14more like thismore than 2016-06-14
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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 Students: Fees and Charges 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 when they will publish details of their plans to devolve responsibility for Attendance Allowance to local authorities. more like this
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Baroness King of Bow more like this
star this property uin HL690 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 2016-06-21more like thismore than 2016-06-21
star this property answer text <p>The Government has announced that by the end of the Parliament local government will retain 100% of local business rates and new responsibilities will be devolved alongside this. As part of this, the government will consider giving councils in England more responsibility to support older people with care needs. Any change would not affect existing Attendance Allowance claimants, and any new responsibilities would be matched by the transfer of equivalent spending power. The Government intends to consult on this in due course.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-06-21T12:47:44.047Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-21T12:47:44.047Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness King of Bow more like this
522859
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unstar this property date less than 2016-06-06more like thismore than 2016-06-06
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Refugees: Iraq 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 estimate they have made of the amount paid in levies to the Pension Protection Fund in each of the three years to 2012–13 due to companies using a contingent asset to replace the Pension Protection Fund’s Failure Score for the company with that of a different company, compared to what these companies paid in (1) 2012–13, (2) 2013–14 and (3) 2014–15. more like this
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Baroness Burt of Solihull more like this
star this property uin HL410 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 2016-06-20more like thismore than 2016-06-20
star this property answer text <p>The Pension Protection Fund has not made a comparison of the amounts paid by schemes with a contingent asset prior to 2012/13 with later years, as substantial changes in the way that levies are calculated from year to year do not allow for robust comparison.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-06-20T15:56:33.367Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-20T15:56:33.367Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Burt of Solihull more like this
522857
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unstar this property date less than 2016-06-06more like thismore than 2016-06-06
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Business: Regulation 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 companies required to pay levies to the Pension Protection Fund had put in place a contingent asset that replaced the Pension Protection Fund’s Failure Score for the company with that of a different company in each of the three years to 2012–13; and what are the names of those companies. more like this
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Baroness Burt of Solihull more like this
star this property uin HL408 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 2016-06-16more like thismore than 2016-06-16
star this property answer text <p>We are unable to supply the information requested as to do so would incur disproportionate cost. Furthermore, the names of the companies concerned are classed as ‘Restricted Information’ under the Pensions Act 2004.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Altmann more like this
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less than 2016-06-16T13:46:12.733Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-16T13:46:12.733Z
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4533
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Altmann more like this
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1567
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Burt of Solihull more like this