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star this property date less than 2014-12-03more like thismore than 2014-12-03
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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 Poverty: Children 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 comments by Lord Freud in the Grand Committee debate on the Child Poverty Act 2010 (Persistent Poverty Targets) Regulations 2014, that the facts Lord McAvoy had quoted were "simply not true" (HL Deb, 25 November, col GC 263), how they were not true. more like this
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Lord McAvoy more like this
star this property uin HL3387 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
star this property answer text <p /> <p>I wrote to the Noble Peer on this issue on 4<sup>th</sup> December 2014. I have placed a copy of this letter in the library of the House and have also attached it to this response.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-12-08T15:43:27.97Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T15:43:27.97Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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star this property file name Letter to Lord McAvoy 4.12.14.PDF more like this
star this property title Letter to Lord McAvoy 4th Dec 2014 more like this
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4158
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord McAvoy more like this
417035
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star this property date less than 2015-09-07more like thismore than 2015-09-07
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
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 Jobcentre Plus: 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 what guidance they issue to Jobcentre Plus branches about treating claimants as innocent and deserving unless clearly shown not to be so; and whether they have any plans to amend any such guidance. more like this
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Lord Hylton more like this
star this property uin HL1955 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-17more like thismore than 2015-09-17
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Legislation sets clear entitlement provisions which are used to ensure that benefit is paid correctly to those who claim it. We emphasise in our learning and development packages and the DWP customer charter, that all claimants are treated fairly and with respect. These standards are outlined and published in the DWP Customer Charter on GOV.UK.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2015-09-17T11:21:34.793Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-17T11:21:34.793Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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2018
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hylton more like this
166639
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-27more like thismore than 2014-11-27
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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 Poverty: Children 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 they have carried out any forecasts of the level of child poverty between now and 2020; and if so, whether they will be made public. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL3230 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The Government does not produce forecasts of the number of children living in income poverty as the number of children in poverty is dependent on factors which cannot be reliably predicted, such as the median income.</p><p> </p><p>The Government does measure annual child poverty statistics through the National Statistics Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series. Estimates of the number and proportion of children in relative and absolute low income in the UK have consistently been reported since 1998/99; these are available for each financial year up to 2012/13, the latest period for which estimates are available.</p><p> </p><p>There has been no assessment of the impact on child poverty of the combined tax and benefit changes announced since May 2010. Available survey data does not allow the Government to robustly assess the combined effects of tax and benefit policy on households with children.</p><p> </p><p>However, this Government has taken unprecedented steps to assess the effects of its policy decisions across the distribution of household income, by publishing analysis of the cumulative effects of the tax and welfare measures announced at each fiscal event since the June Budget 2010. The latest analysis can be found in Chapter 2 of the attached report.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN HL3231 more like this
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less than 2014-12-11T16:55:04.767Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-11T16:55:04.767Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4308
unstar this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
166640
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-27more like thismore than 2014-11-27
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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 Poverty: Children 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 they have calculated the impact on child poverty of the combined tax and benefit policy changes announced to date since May 2010. more like this
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The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
star this property uin HL3231 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
star this property answer text <p>The Government does not produce forecasts of the number of children living in income poverty as the number of children in poverty is dependent on factors which cannot be reliably predicted, such as the median income.</p><p> </p><p>The Government does measure annual child poverty statistics through the National Statistics Households Below Average Income (HBAI) series. Estimates of the number and proportion of children in relative and absolute low income in the UK have consistently been reported since 1998/99; these are available for each financial year up to 2012/13, the latest period for which estimates are available.</p><p> </p><p>There has been no assessment of the impact on child poverty of the combined tax and benefit changes announced since May 2010. Available survey data does not allow the Government to robustly assess the combined effects of tax and benefit policy on households with children.</p><p> </p><p>However, this Government has taken unprecedented steps to assess the effects of its policy decisions across the distribution of household income, by publishing analysis of the cumulative effects of the tax and welfare measures announced at each fiscal event since the June Budget 2010. The latest analysis can be found in Chapter 2 of the attached report.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN HL3230 more like this
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less than 2014-12-11T16:55:04.907Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-11T16:55:04.907Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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4308
unstar this property label Biography information for The Lord Bishop of St Albans more like this
79791
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star this property date less than 2014-07-30more like thismore than 2014-07-30
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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
star this property hansard heading Children: Day Care 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 Lord Deighton on 28 July (WA 247) what specific estimates they have made of the expected "positive impact" of the childcare element of Universal Credit on work incentives for mothers and corresponding employment rates and tax receipts from mothers paying income tax and national insurance. more like this
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Lord Sutherland of Houndwood more like this
star this property uin HL1680 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-08-11more like thismore than 2014-08-11
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p /> <p /> <p>The announced measures mean from April 2016, families with children who have childcare costs below the defined limits will see an improved financial incentive to work and to work more hours.</p><p>Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out many working families will face an improved incentive to work, including 100,000 families who will get childcare support for the first time under Universal Credit. The precise improvement an individual faces will vary according to circumstance.</p><p>We have not made a specific estimate of how this feeds through into employment rates and tax receipts.</p><p><br></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-08-11T12:29:40.4536069Zmore like thismore than 2014-08-11T12:29:40.4536069Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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2173
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Sutherland of Houndwood more like this
44613
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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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 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 recent steps they have taken to ensure that information on the engagement activities of pension funds and other institutional investors with investee companies is made fully accessible. more like this
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Lord Harrison more like this
star this property uin HL6270 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-31more like thismore than 2014-03-31
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p /> <p>The Government supports the principles set out in the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) UK Stewardship Code including schemes becoming active stewards of their investments and reporting on that stewardship. The Code sets out a number of areas of good practice to which the FRC believes institutional investors should aspire, and operates on a 'comply or explain' basis. It includes guidance for pension schemes and other asset owners on steps they can take to protect and enhance the value that accrues to the ultimate beneficiary. The FCA requires UK authorised asset managers to report on whether or not they apply the Code.</p><p> </p><p>The UK stewardship code is voluntary, however we would encourage workplace pensions schemes to comply with the principles set out in the code. In addition we are developing governance standards of workplace defined contribution schemes, and have asked the Law Commission to investigate how fiduciary duties currently apply in the investment chain. The Pensions Regulator's defined contribution Code of Practice also sets out the legal requirements and standards they expect trustees of defined contribution schemes to attain. This includes a section on investment which also references the FRC Stewardship code. These initiatives are part of our on-going work to ensure schemes are governed and administered to deliver in members' interests.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN
HL6271 more like this
HL6272 more like this
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less than 2014-03-31T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-31T12:00:00.00Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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2488
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
44614
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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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 house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for large occupational defined contribution pension schemes to be active owners or stewards of their assets, in line with the definition of stewardship as outlined in the Financial Reporting Council's Stewardship Code. more like this
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Lord Harrison more like this
star this property uin HL6271 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-31more like thismore than 2014-03-31
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p /> <p>The Government supports the principles set out in the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) UK Stewardship Code including schemes becoming active stewards of their investments and reporting on that stewardship. The Code sets out a number of areas of good practice to which the FRC believes institutional investors should aspire, and operates on a 'comply or explain' basis. It includes guidance for pension schemes and other asset owners on steps they can take to protect and enhance the value that accrues to the ultimate beneficiary. The FCA requires UK authorised asset managers to report on whether or not they apply the Code.</p><p> </p><p>The UK stewardship code is voluntary, however we would encourage workplace pensions schemes to comply with the principles set out in the code. In addition we are developing governance standards of workplace defined contribution schemes, and have asked the Law Commission to investigate how fiduciary duties currently apply in the investment chain. The Pensions Regulator's defined contribution Code of Practice also sets out the legal requirements and standards they expect trustees of defined contribution schemes to attain. This includes a section on investment which also references the FRC Stewardship code. These initiatives are part of our on-going work to ensure schemes are governed and administered to deliver in members' interests.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
star this property grouped question UIN
HL6270 more like this
HL6272 more like this
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less than 2014-03-31T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-31T12:00:00.00Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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2488
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
44615
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-03-24more like thismore than 2014-03-24
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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 house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for large occupational defined benefit pension schemes to be active owners or stewards of their assets, in line with the definition of stewardship as highlighted in the Financial Reporting Council's Stewardship Code. more like this
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Lord Harrison more like this
star this property uin HL6272 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-03-31more like thismore than 2014-03-31
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p /> <p>The Government supports the principles set out in the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) UK Stewardship Code including schemes becoming active stewards of their investments and reporting on that stewardship. The Code sets out a number of areas of good practice to which the FRC believes institutional investors should aspire, and operates on a 'comply or explain' basis. It includes guidance for pension schemes and other asset owners on steps they can take to protect and enhance the value that accrues to the ultimate beneficiary. The FCA requires UK authorised asset managers to report on whether or not they apply the Code.</p><p> </p><p>The UK stewardship code is voluntary, however we would encourage workplace pensions schemes to comply with the principles set out in the code. In addition we are developing governance standards of workplace defined contribution schemes, and have asked the Law Commission to investigate how fiduciary duties currently apply in the investment chain. The Pensions Regulator's defined contribution Code of Practice also sets out the legal requirements and standards they expect trustees of defined contribution schemes to attain. This includes a section on investment which also references the FRC Stewardship code. These initiatives are part of our on-going work to ensure schemes are governed and administered to deliver in members' interests.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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HL6270 more like this
HL6271 more like this
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less than 2014-03-31T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-03-31T12:00:00.00Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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2488
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Harrison more like this
79154
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star this property date less than 2014-07-21more like thismore than 2014-07-21
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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 Pensions: Telephone Services 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 is the average call waiting time in each of the last five years of the pensions helpline. more like this
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Lord Lipsey more like this
star this property uin HL1315 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-28more like thismore than 2014-07-28
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p><strong> </strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>2014/15</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Changes Bereavement</p></td><td><p>00:00:45</p></td><td><p>00:00:52</p></td><td><p>00:00:50</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Changes (PC / SP)</p></td><td><p>00:00:55</p></td><td><p>00:01:01</p></td><td><p>00:01:00</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>New Claims (PC / SP)</p></td><td><p>00:00:51</p></td><td><p>00:00:54</p></td><td><p>00:01:01</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Wait times are recorded from the point of entering a queue to successful connection to an agent.</p><p>All figures quoted relate to calls handled within DWP only, excluding calls routed to outsourcing partners.</p><p>Figures are presented by business year, spanning 1<sup>st</sup> April – 31<sup>st</sup> March. Figures for 2014/15 are complete to 30<sup>th</sup> June only.</p><p>No data is available prior to April 2012 as this metric was not included within data reported during previous periods and is no longer available in source data systems.</p><p>Data source: OPMIS</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-07-28T13:14:34.9782869Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-28T13:14:34.9782869Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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2492
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Lipsey more like this
61530
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-06-12more like thismore than 2014-06-12
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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 Work Capability Assessment 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, in the light of the decision by Atos Healthcare to end its contract early, whether that contract will now be made public. more like this
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Lord Morrow more like this
star this property uin HL299 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-06-19more like thismore than 2014-06-19
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>A redacted copy of the Medical Services Contract between the Department for Work and Pensions and Atos Healthcare was placed in the House of Lords library on 14<sup>th</sup> September 2010.</p><p> </p><p>The Health Services Category Team are currently undertaking the necessary contractual action following the mutual Termination of the Medical Services Contract with Atos and an updated version of the contract will be placed in the library by 30<sup>th</sup> July 2014.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Freud remove filter
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less than 2014-06-19T14:02:26.4134597Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-19T14:02:26.4134597Z
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3893
star this property label Biography information for Lord Freud more like this
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3795
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Morrow more like this