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star this property date less than 2019-10-18more like thismore than 2019-10-18
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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
star this property hansard heading Personal Independence Payment: Scotland 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 recent estimate her Department has made of the number of personal independence payment claims which have been rejected in Scotland in the latest period for which figures are available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill more like this
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Hugh Gaffney more like this
star this property uin 1934 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 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>The latest available data on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims cleared by type of decision (e.g. awarded, disallowed or withdrawn) can be found in the ‘PIP clearances’ table at <a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/</a>. The statistics provide monthly breakdowns up until the end of July 2019, the latest available data, and can also be broken down by region; England, Wales and Scotland.</p><p> </p><p>Guidance on how to use Stat-Xplore can be found here: <a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/index.html</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T13:22:34.9Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T13:22:34.9Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hugh Gaffney more like this
1150707
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star this property date less than 2019-10-18more like thismore than 2019-10-18
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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
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud 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, whether universal credit advances fraud was noted in her Department's risk register. 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 1899 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 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>The Department keeps Risk Registers at various levels in the organisation. These risk registers are designed to ensure that key risks are captured, monitored and mitigated.</p><p> </p><p>I can confirm that Universal Credit advances fraud is recorded on Departmental risk registers as explained in the 16<sup>th</sup> October 2019 letter from the Department to the Honourable Member.</p> more like this
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 2019-10-22T15:43:52.533Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T15:43:52.533Z
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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 Frank Field more like this
1150436
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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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
star this property hansard heading Employment: Young People 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, with reference to the final report from the Young people's future health inquiry entitled A healthy foundation for the future published in October 2019, what steps the Government is taking to establish a job market that offers young people secure and rewarding work. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newcastle-under-Lyme more like this
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Paul Farrelly more like this
star this property uin 1603 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 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to supporting young people into work. We aim to ensure that everyone, no matter what their start in life, is given the very best chance of getting into work.</p><p> </p><p>The DWP Youth Obligation Support Programme is currently delivered to young people aged 18-21 making a new claim to Universal Credit. We provide additional tailored support to enable young people to achieve their goals.</p><p> </p><p>In January 2019 we announced the extension of the Mentoring Circles initiative from the ethnic minority community to all young people who could benefit from such support. Mentoring circles support 16-24 year olds by giving them an opportunity to build on their employability skills. By facilitating an interaction with employers this initiative helps to provide young job seekers with access to and interaction with role models in the workplace.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T16:13:57.01Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T16:13:57.01Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Paul Farrelly more like this
1150340
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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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
star this property hansard heading Occupational Pensions: Scunthorpe 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, how many and what proportion of people in Scunthorpe constituency have (a) opted out after being auto-enrolled into a workplace pension and (b) saved more than the auto-enrolment minimum contribution. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Scunthorpe more like this
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Nic Dakin more like this
star this property uin 1661 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 2019-10-21more like thismore than 2019-10-21
star this property answer text <p>Automatic enrolment has achieved a quiet revolution through getting employees into the habit of pension saving, and reversing the decline in workplace pension participation in the decade prior to these reforms. Since automatic enrolment started in 2012 participation rates have been transformed with 87% of eligible employees saving into a workplace pension in 2018, up from 55% in 2012.</p><p> </p><p>The Department does not hold data for individual constituencies in relation to opt outs or the number of individuals who have saved above the automatic enrolment minimum contribution level. However, we do know that overall around 9% of automatically enrolled workers have chosen to opt out which is significantly below original estimates; and our latest evaluation report shows that, in April 2017, approximately 5.9 million eligible employees were already meeting the April 2019 minimum contribution rates<sup>1</sup>.</p><p> </p><p>I am providing the following information about the impact of automatic enrolment in your constituency, as at end of September 2019<sup>2</sup>:</p><p> </p><p>In the Scunthorpe constituency since 2012, approximately 9,000 eligible jobholders have been automatically enrolled and 1370 employers have met their duties.</p><p> </p><p><sup>1</sup>Automatic Enrolment Evaluation Report 2018, available via the following weblink: <a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/764964/Automatic_Enrolment_Evaluation_Report_2018.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/764964/Automatic_Enrolment_Evaluation_Report_2018.pdf</a>.</p><p> </p><p><sup>2</sup>The Pensions Regulator’s data on Automatic enrolment declaration of compliance by constituency, available via the following weblink:</p><p><a href="https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/document-library/research-and-analysis/data-requests" target="_blank">https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/document-library/research-and-analysis/data-requests</a></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 2019-10-21T17:00:48.88Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T17:00:48.88Z
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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 Nic Dakin more like this
1150531
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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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
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the total cost to her Department of universal credit scams to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury more like this
star this property uin 1784 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 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>If a claimant has been the victim of a scam, and has not benefited from an advance in any way, they will not be asked to repay it. The Department considers all cases on their own merits and decisions are made on the strength of the evidence provided.</p><p> </p><p>Completed investigations thus far, have shown that the total amount claimed in fraudulent Universal Credit (UC) advances as of 30<sup>th</sup> September 2019 was £1,868,000 (rounded to the nearest thousand).</p><p> </p><p>It is important to clarify that these are not losses. The Department will endeavour to recover this money and pursue fraudsters. Recovery has already started in some of these cases.</p> more like this
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 2019-10-22T14:40:46.193Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T14:40:46.193Z
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4142
star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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4667
unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1150532
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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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
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) individuals and (b) third party individuals investigated for universal credit fraud have been (a) referred for prosecution and (b) successfully prosecuted. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury more like this
star this property uin 1785 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>The Department takes this issue very seriously and we are committed to taking appropriate action to deter this fraud.</p><p> </p><p>There are 28 individual cases being prepared for prosecution and 1 successful individual prosecution.</p><p> </p><p>There has been 1 successful third party prosecution and a 2<sup>nd</sup> third party case is due in court next month.</p> more like this
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 2019-10-22T14:25:25.903Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T14:25:25.903Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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4667
unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1150533
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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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
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to increase public awareness of universal credit scams. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury more like this
star this property uin 1786 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>We have raised awareness of recent Universal Credit advance payment fraud via a dedicated social media campaign, which reminds people of the importance of safeguarding their identity.  Staff throughout the Department are actively encouraged to report any instances of potentially fraudulent activity for investigation.</p><p> </p><p>The Department is committed to the prevention, detection and investigation of all types of benefit fraud. We take the issue of misuse of the welfare system very seriously and will continue to use appropriate penalties to deter fraudulent behaviour which can be very distressing for innocent victims.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>If any claimant has concerns about the safety of their personal information, they should speak to a member of Departmental staff, or get help from the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, Action Fraud, online at <a href="http://www.actionfraud.police.uk" target="_blank">www.actionfraud.police.uk</a> or by telephone on 0300 123 2040, which is promoted through display materials in Jobcentres.</p><p> </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 2019-10-22T14:57:57.127Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T14:57:57.127Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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4667
unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1150534
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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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
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is her Department's policy to reinstate legacy benefits to people who have been migrated from those benefits to universal credit as a result of a fraud that was not their fault. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury more like this
star this property uin 1787 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>The Department will review each case where a claim to Universal Credit was prompted by fraudulent activity, considering the extent to which the claimant was involved.</p><p> </p><p>If there is clear evidence that the claimant had no involvement in the fraud, and where the claimant wishes us to do so, we will consider re-instating DWP legacy benefits.</p><p> </p> more like this
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 2019-10-22T15:05:29.07Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T15:05:29.07Z
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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 Mike Amesbury more like this
1150537
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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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
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Fraud more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of claimants of universal credit that were referred for investigation into fraud were referred after her Department introduced a requirement for claimants to attend a Jobcentre before applying for an advance payment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury more like this
star this property uin 1788 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 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>From 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019, claimants are required to attend an interview at a jobcentre to verify their identity before claiming a Universal Credit (UC) advance. This change is helping protect claimants from identity fraud and becoming victims of third party scams.</p><p> </p><p>The staff referrals we have received for UC advances fraud since 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019 equate to 6.3% of the total referrals received to date.</p><p> </p><p>It is important to clarify that the majority of these referrals will relate to advance claims made prior to 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019.</p> more like this
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 2019-10-22T15:13:40.307Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T15:13:40.307Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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4667
unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1150325
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star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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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
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is her Department's policy for Jobcentre staff proactively to inform universal credit claimants that they should make a claim to new-style ESA or new-style JSA if they are likely to be eligible. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Alyn and Deeside more like this
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Mark Tami more like this
star this property uin 1598 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
star this property answer text <p>I refer the Hon. Member to the answer I gave to questions 43 and 482 on 21 October.</p><p /> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T14:34:50.567Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-22T14:34:50.567Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mark Tami more like this