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1058635
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star this property date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Disability more like this
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 Whether her Department has plans to redesign the reassessment process for benefit recipients with severe mental or physical disabilities. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Romford more like this
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Andrew Rosindell more like this
star this property uin 909127 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>We are committed to assessing people with health conditions and disabilities fairly and accurately, and helping people to access the right support. We made a clear commitment in <em>Improving Lives</em>: <em>The Future of Work, Health and Disability</em> to reform the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) and recognise the importance of getting this right. We are therefore testing new approaches to build the evidence base for what works, and working with external stakeholders to inform future changes to the WCA.</p><p> </p><p>Over the last year we have introduced new guidance into Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit (UC), as well as updated guidance for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to improve the service we provide for those with the most severe/lifelong conditions. For ESA/UC since September 2017 we have switched off routine reassessments for those who meet the Severe Conditions criteria, and since August 2018, those receiving the highest level of support in PIP, whose needs are unlikely to change or may get worse, will now receive an ongoing award with a light touch review at the ten year point.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
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less than 2019-02-11T17:02:14.837Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T17:02:14.837Z
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4071
star this property label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
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1447
unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
1058637
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star this property date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 hansard heading Pensioners: Poverty more like this
star 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 What recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of pensioner poverty; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
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Chris Stephens more like this
star this property uin 909129 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>This Government has seen the absolute poverty rate for pensioners fall to record lows, with over 200,000 fewer pensioners in absolute poverty before housing costs. Rates of material deprivation for pensioners are also at record lows.</p><p>We have reduced pensioner poverty close to historically low levels, lifting the incomes of millions of older people. Since 2009/10, material deprivation for pensioners has fallen from 10 per cent to 7 per cent in 2016/17 and since 2010 there are 200,000 fewer pensioners in absolute poverty, a record low.</p><p>The Government is committed to action that helps to alleviate levels of pensioner poverty. In 2018/19 we will spend £121.5 billion on benefits for pensioners, including £97 billion on the State Pension for this year.</p><p>The Government has also committed to up-rating the basic State Pension by the highest of the growth in earnings, prices or 2.5 per cent - the 'triple lock' guarantee. This will mean that the full basic State Pension will be around £1450 per year higher in 2018/19 than in 2010. The Government has committed to the triple lock for the remainder of this Parliament.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-02-11T17:58:24.993Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T17:58:24.993Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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4463
unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1058636
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star this property date less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations more like this
star 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 What recent assessment her Department has made of the (a) accuracy and (b) efficiency of contracted-out health assessments for (i) employment and support allowance and (ii) personal independence payment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ellesmere Port and Neston more like this
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Justin Madders more like this
star this property uin 909128 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>We are committed to ensuring claimants receive high quality assessments. Providers are closely monitored against a range of measures including through independent audit to improve accuracy and decision making. We are seeing continuous improvement in PIP assessment quality and recent data shows both PIP providers meeting quality expectations. We continually look to improve the efficiency of the assessment process by working closely with health assessment providers and the disabled people the Department supports.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
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less than 2019-02-11T16:37:48.757Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T16:37:48.757Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
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4418
unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Madders more like this
1054628
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star this property date less than 2019-02-04more like thismore than 2019-02-04
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Terminal Illnesses 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, which medical bodies and clinicians the Chief Medical Officer liaised with to develop the guidance in the benefit system on terminal illness. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bridgend more like this
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Mrs Madeleine Moon more like this
star this property uin 216174 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The rules for people who are terminally ill were introduced into Attendance Allowance in 1990 following a recommendation from the Social Security Advisory Committee. The rules have been carried forward into a number of benefits unchanged and now apply across Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has recently met with a range of stakeholders, including leading clinicians, to discuss the current wording used in the benefit system around terminal illness, with the aim of improving guidance on terminal illness cases and understanding of the rules. This is part of our continuous improvement work to improve people’s experience of claiming benefits.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
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less than 2019-02-11T15:31:50.923Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T15:31:50.923Z
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4071
star this property label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Madeleine Moon more like this
1029311
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star this property date less than 2018-12-20more like thismore than 2018-12-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 hansard heading Universal Credit 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, whether trade unions and the Trade Union Congress have been consulted on the managed migration of universal credit. 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 204628 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Trade Union Congress and some individual trade unions responded to the Social Security Advisory Committee report on the draft Universal Credit Managed Migration Regulations 2018 and we actively consult with trade unions and the Trade Union Congress.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The Department is working with a diverse group of around 80 stakeholder organisations, including Trade Union representation, to ensure the widest possible range of insights are played into the design of Universal Credit Managed Migration. This group will evolve over time as we work with different stakeholders at different stages in the process.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-02-11T17:38:50.013Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T17:38:50.013Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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94118
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4662
unstar this property label Biography information for Ruth George more like this
1051334
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star this property date less than 2019-01-30more like thismore than 2019-01-30
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 hansard heading Jobcentre Plus: Standards more like this
star 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, whether Jobcentre Plus performance measures are based upon (a) a reduction in the number of people claiming a benefit or (b) an increase in the number of people entering a sustained period of employment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 214492 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>DWP collects labour market performance data based on the number of people entering employment. This provides information on the number of people in employment after 3 months claiming Universal Credit, the number of sustained jobs and the number who do not have any spell of employment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-02-11T18:00:28.42Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T18:00:28.42Z
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4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1056030
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star this property date less than 2019-02-06more like thismore than 2019-02-06
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 hansard heading Employment: Epilepsy more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of people with epilepsy entering employment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dewsbury more like this
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Paula Sherriff more like this
star this property uin 217687 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>We are taking steps to support disabled people and people with health conditions, including those with epilepsy, to enter employment through initiatives like the Work and Health Programme, Personal Support Package and the recently-announced Intensive Personalised Employment Support Programme (IPES), which will see more than £40m invested in a new highly personalised package of support to disabled people who are at least a year away from moving into work. We also offer extensive, personalised support to new and existing disabled workers through Access to Work.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, we engage with employers through Disability Confident. The scheme, developed by disabled people, employers and disability organisations, encourages employers to think differently about disability and to take action to improve how they attract, recruit and retain disabled employees. Over 10,500 businesses have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme since it was launched in November 2016.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
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less than 2019-02-11T15:40:45.477Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T15:40:45.477Z
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4071
star this property label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
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4426
unstar this property label Biography information for Paula Sherriff more like this
1054786
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star this property date less than 2019-02-04more like thismore than 2019-02-04
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 hansard heading Pensions: EU Countries more like this
star 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 he has to provide support to UK citizens in receipt of EU pensions in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Westmorland and Lonsdale more like this
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Tim Farron more like this
star this property uin 216200 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The UK State Pension will continue to be paid worldwide when the UK leaves the EU.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The Withdrawal Agreement guarantees that those UK citizens who are within its scope can continue to receive state pensions paid by other EU Member States. In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the Government has guaranteed that EU citizens resident in the UK by 29 March 2019 will be able to work, study, and access benefits and services on broadly the same terms as now. The Government continues to urge the EU and all its Member States to make the same commitment to protect the rights of UK nationals.</p><p> </p><p>In a Communication COM(2018) 890 on 19 December 2018, the European Commission calls on Member States to protect social security entitlements acquired by citizens who exercised their right to free movement prior to 30 March 2019. This includes exporting State Pensions to UK nationals who acquired these pension entitlements from Member States prior to that date.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 216201 more like this
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less than 2019-02-11T12:35:38.417Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T12:35:38.417Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tim Farron more like this
1054789
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star this property date less than 2019-02-04more like thismore than 2019-02-04
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 hansard heading Pensions: EU Countries more like this
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 contingency plans her Department has to support UK citizens receiving pensions from EU Member States who cannot access those pensions in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Westmorland and Lonsdale more like this
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Tim Farron more like this
star this property uin 216201 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The UK State Pension will continue to be paid worldwide when the UK leaves the EU.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The Withdrawal Agreement guarantees that those UK citizens who are within its scope can continue to receive state pensions paid by other EU Member States. In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the Government has guaranteed that EU citizens resident in the UK by 29 March 2019 will be able to work, study, and access benefits and services on broadly the same terms as now. The Government continues to urge the EU and all its Member States to make the same commitment to protect the rights of UK nationals.</p><p> </p><p>In a Communication COM(2018) 890 on 19 December 2018, the European Commission calls on Member States to protect social security entitlements acquired by citizens who exercised their right to free movement prior to 30 March 2019. This includes exporting State Pensions to UK nationals who acquired these pension entitlements from Member States prior to that date.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 216200 more like this
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less than 2019-02-11T12:35:38.477Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T12:35:38.477Z
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4142
star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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1591
unstar this property label Biography information for Tim Farron more like this
1052463
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star this property date less than 2019-02-01more like thismore than 2019-02-01
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 hansard heading Post Office Card Account: Rural Areas more like this
star 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 potential effect on elderly people in rural areas of the planned discontinuation of the Post Office card system. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stirling more like this
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Stephen Kerr more like this
star this property uin 215600 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government’s contract for the Post Office card account comes to an end on 30 November 2021. For those claimants and pensioners who are unable to open a mainstream account ahead of this date, the DWP will implement an alternative payment service that allows users to obtain cash payments in their local area (including suburban and rural locations) before the end of the contract. When commissioning this alternative payment service, it will be our priority to ensure that elderly vulnerable people are protected and catered for.</p><p> </p><p>Our communications with Post Office card account users will highlight that 99% of a banks’ personal customers, are able to withdraw cash, deposit cash and cheques, and make balance enquiries at a Post Office counter via its network of 11,600 branches. Therefore, those receiving benefit and pension payments into a bank account can continue to collect their money from the Post Office so there should be minimal effect on elderly people in rural areas. We have already introduced a phased conversion process ahead of 2021 and we will be writing to all Post Office card account users to ensure they are provided with an alternative payment service.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-02-11T13:01:55.627Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T13:01:55.627Z
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4142
star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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4604
unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Kerr more like this