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star this property date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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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 applications have been made to the Government Funeral Payment scheme since May 2010; and how many such applications have been rejected. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Liverpool, Walton more like this
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Steve Rotheram more like this
star this property uin 211293 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-24more like thismore than 2014-10-24
star this property answer text <p>From the latest data available, 280,780 applications have been made for Funeral Payments in Great Britain between May 2010 and September 2014. In the same period there have been 139,560 refusals.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Notes</strong></p><p> </p><p>1. These figures do not include applications which were processed clerically and have not yet been entered on to the Social Fund Computer System.</p><p> </p><p>2. The figures given are the number of applications and initial refusals in the given time period and not the number of people who made applications or received awards. An individual may make more than one application in a year. Information on the number of people who made applications and received awards is not available.</p><p> </p><p>3. The refusal figures given are based on the initial decisions made on each case and may include cases where an award was later made on review.</p><p> </p><p>4. All figures are rounded to the nearest 10.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-10-24T13:48:18.1742771Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-24T13:48:18.1742771Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve Rotheram more like this
100539
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star this property date less than 2014-10-22more like thismore than 2014-10-22
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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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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 applications were made to the Social Fund to cover the cost of funerals in each year since 2010; and how many of those applications were rejected. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Liverpool, Walton more like this
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Steve Rotheram more like this
star this property uin 211468 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-10-27
star this property answer text <p /> <p>From the latest data available, 305,840 applications have been made for Funeral Payments in Great Britain between January 2010 and September 2014, the latest data available. In the same period there have been 151,620 refusals.</p><p> </p><p>Table 1 below shows the number of applications and refusals for each year. Note that 2014 data only extends to September thus far.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>2014 (Jan-Sep)</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Applications</p></td><td><p>66,780</p></td><td><p>70,990</p></td><td><p>66,390</p></td><td><p>62,200</p></td><td><p>39,470</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Refusals</p></td><td><p>33,350</p></td><td><p>36,330</p></td><td><p>34,540</p></td><td><p>29,200</p></td><td><p>18,190</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Notes</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>1. These figures do not include applications which were processed clerically and have not yet been entered on to the Social Fund Computer System.</p><p> </p><p>2. The figures given are the number of applications and initial refusals in the given time period and not the number of people who made applications or received awards. An individual may make more than one application in a year. Information on the number of people who made applications and received awards is not available.</p><p>.</p><p>3. The refusal figures given are based on the initial decisions made on each case and may include cases where an award was later made on review.</p><p> </p><p>4. All figures are rounded to the nearest 10.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-10-27T13:57:49.2833144Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-27T13:57:49.2833144Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve Rotheram more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-07-03more like thismore than 2014-07-03
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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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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, if his Department will review the rate for Social Fund funeral expenses payments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Edinburgh North and Leith more like this
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Mark Lazarowicz more like this
star this property uin 203946 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-08more like thismore than 2014-07-08
star this property answer text <p>There are no current plans to review the rate of funeral payments. However, for those who are eligible to be considered for a budgeting loan payment, the scope of this scheme has now been expanded to include funeral costs.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-07-08T14:39:26.4896335Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-08T14:39:26.4896335Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mark Lazarowicz more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-16more like thismore than 2014-07-16
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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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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 average time is taken to process an application for funeral expenses from the Social Fund from the time an application is submitted to a decision being taken. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Edinburgh North and Leith more like this
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Mark Lazarowicz more like this
star this property uin 206104 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-22more like thismore than 2014-07-22
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>The clearance time for Funeral Payments, as published in the 2012/13 Social Fund Annual report, is an average of 14.76 days, against a target of 16 days</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-07-22T11:27:29.4127205Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-22T11:27:29.4127205Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mark Lazarowicz more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-07-16more like thismore than 2014-07-16
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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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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 current applications for funeral expenses from the Social Fund have been outstanding for longer than (a) 16 days, (b) 18 days and (c) 21 days. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Edinburgh North and Leith more like this
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Mark Lazarowicz more like this
star this property uin 206106 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-01more like thismore than 2014-09-01
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>This information is not held in the format requested and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-09-01T15:09:36.5574061Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-01T15:09:36.5574061Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mark Lazarowicz more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-08more like thismore than 2014-09-08
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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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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 proportion of funeral payment decisions were made within his Department's target time in each of the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 208463 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-11more like thismore than 2014-09-11
star this property answer text <p> </p><p> </p><p>The following table has been taken from the Social Fund Annual Report for 2012/13 which is the latest available published data and the Social Fund Annual Reports for 2011/12 and 2010/11.</p><p> </p><p>The table shows that the average clearance time for Funeral Payment awards was 14.76 working days against a target of 16 working days in 2012/13, 13.8 working days in 2011/12 and 14.5 working days in 2010/11.</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td>Funeral Payments</td><td></td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td>Average Actual Clearance Times (AACT) in working days</td><td>AACT Achieved</td><td>AACT Achieved</td><td>% Cleared within AACT Standard</td><td>% Cleared within AACT Standard plus 2 days</td><td>% Cleared within AACT Standard Plus 5 days</td></tr><tr><td>2012/13</td><td>16</td><td>14.76</td><td>65.10%</td><td>74.20%</td><td>83.00%</td></tr><tr><td>2011/12</td><td>16</td><td>13.8</td><td>*</td><td>*</td><td>*</td></tr><tr><td>2010/11</td><td>16</td><td>14.5</td><td>*</td><td>*</td><td>*</td></tr></tbody></table><p /> <p>* <strong>denotes data unavailable</strong></p>
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-09-11T16:07:20.7121168Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-11T16:07:20.7121168Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-08more like thismore than 2014-09-08
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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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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 the (a) average and (b) total cost was of processing claims for Social Fund Funeral Payments in the last year. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 208465 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-11more like thismore than 2014-09-11
star this property answer text <p /> <p /> <p>The costs of producing a Social Fund Funeral Payment across DWP in 2013-14 were as follows:</p><p> </p><p>Total Cost £2.598m</p><p>Unit Cost £45.56</p><p> </p><p>This includes salary costs plus locally attributed non-staff costs.</p><p> </p><p>Source ABM 2013-14 Model (10/9/14).</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-09-11T16:17:01.4495569Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-11T16:17:01.4495569Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-10more like thismore than 2014-10-10
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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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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 the value of help for funeral costs is calculated; what factors those calculations take into account; and what account is taken in such calculations of the income of the next of kin. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett more like this
star this property uin 209863 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-15more like thismore than 2014-10-15
star this property answer text <p /> <p>The value of help for funeral costs is calculated to cover the necessary costs of: a new burial plot with all necessary burial fees or the cost of necessary cremation fees; reasonable cost of transportation of the body in the UK, for any part of the journey that is in excess of 50 miles, and the necessary cost of that part of the return journey that is over 50 miles for the transport of the coffin and bearers, plus 1 additional vehicle; the cost of documentation needed for the immediate release of assets of the deceased; and the necessary expenses of one return journey for the responsible person to arrange or attend the funeral. We also provide up to £700 for other funeral expenses.</p><p> </p><p>To be eligible for a Funeral Payment the person who is responsible for payment of the funeral bill must be the partner of the deceased, if there is one, or a close relative or friend of the deceased and be in receipt of certain income based benefits.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p>
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-10-15T13:20:55.0955571Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-15T13:20:55.0955571Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-10more like thismore than 2014-10-10
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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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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 steps his Department has taken to monitor the average costs of funerals; and what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of funeral payments to meet the average cost of a funeral. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett more like this
star this property uin 209862 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-16more like thismore than 2014-10-16
star this property answer text <p /> <p>My department does not collect data to monitor the average cost of funerals.</p><p> </p><p>The Social Fund Funeral Payment scheme provides help towards the necessary costs of a simple, respectful, low-cost funeral and is not intended to meet all costs that could be associated with the day. The average award made in 2012/13 was £1,225.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-10-16T13:55:01.4254153Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-16T13:55:01.4254153Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this