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star this property date less than 2017-02-20more like thismore than 2017-02-20
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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
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, whether the Government plans to take steps to tackle funeral poverty among bereaved parents. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Hall Green more like this
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Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
star this property uin 64628 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-02-23more like thismore than 2017-02-23
star this property answer text <p>The Government recognises that the period following a death will have emotional, social and financial impacts for the bereaved and people may need to draw on a wide range of support at that difficult time.</p><p> </p><p>It is for that reason that the Department for Work and Pensions operates the Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments scheme, which makes a significant contribution towards a funeral, for families claiming eligible benefits.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2017-02-23T16:49:09.26Zmore like thismore than 2017-02-23T16:49:09.26Z
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Roger Godsiff more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-02more like thismore than 2014-12-02
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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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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 his Department plans to review the process for applying for funeral payments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bedford more like this
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Richard Fuller more like this
star this property uin 216782 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 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
star this property answer text <p /> <p>We are currently taking steps to improve the scheme and will continue to monitor its effectiveness.</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 2014-12-08T12:54:59.917Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T12:54:59.917Z
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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 Richard Fuller more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-04-21more like thismore than 2016-04-21
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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 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, whether he has considered measures to expedite the current five to six week processing time for applications to the Department for Work and Pensions Funeral Fund; and what the target processing time is for applications to that Fund. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Kilmarnock and Loudoun more like this
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Alan Brown more like this
star this property uin 35018 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 2016-04-26more like thismore than 2016-04-26
star this property answer text <p>If all the necessary information is received with the Funeral Expenses Payments claim form the application is processed straight away. The department is committed to ensuring that communications on eligibility for Funeral Payments are improved. This will in turn help claims to be processed and decisions to be made more quickly.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>For 2016/17 DWP aims to clear Funeral Expenses Payments claims within 15 working days. In 2014/15 of the 51,000 applications, over 55% were cleared within target; and over 69% cleared within 21 working days.</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 2016-04-26T14:44:39.82Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-26T14:44:39.82Z
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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 Alan Brown more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-01-11more like thismore than 2016-01-11
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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
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, whether he has any plans to change the social fund funeral payment in the next 12 months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
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Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
star this property uin 21875 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 2016-01-14more like thismore than 2016-01-14
star this property answer text <p>The Government continually looks to improve its service. For example, in 2015 informal discussions have already taken place with stakeholders, including the National Association of Funeral Directors, representatives from life assurance companies, academics and advice services on possible improvements. These discussions carry on and there is a current focus on how to improve information on eligibility.</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 2016-01-14T15:27:20.573Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-14T15:27:20.573Z
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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 Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-09-05more like thismore than 2016-09-05
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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 total expenditure from the public purse was for the social fund funeral payments scheme in 2015-16; and if he 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 44897 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 2016-09-08more like thismore than 2016-09-08
star this property answer text <p>During 2015-16 in Scotland there were around 5500 applications for Funeral Expenses Payments and around 3700 awards granted.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In 2015-16 across Great Britain £40,025,000 was paid out in Funeral Expenses Payments and repayments totalled £183,000. These figures are given on page 12 of the Social Fund Account 2015-16 (linked to below)</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/535981/social-fund-account-2015-16.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/535981/social-fund-account-2015-16.pdf</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 44895 more like this
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less than 2016-09-08T11:23:08.643Zmore like thismore than 2016-09-08T11:23:08.643Z
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-07-09more like thismore than 2018-07-09
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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 interest rate charge is for funeral expenses payments. 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 162086 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 2018-07-17more like thismore than 2018-07-17
star this property answer text <p>We make low-cost funeral expense payments to people who receive (or whose partners receive) a qualifying benefit or Tax Credit. These are recoverable from the estate of the deceased and where there aren’t enough assets available in the estate it is written off.</p><p> </p><p>DWP’s Annual Report and Accounts 2017-2018 contains information on losses associated with the social fund at page 159, which can be found here:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/721224/dwp-annual-report-and-accounts-2017-2018.pdf" target="_blank">https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/721224/dwp-annual-report-and-accounts-2017-2018.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p>There were 663k (gross) of Funeral Expense Payments outstanding as at 31 March 2018.</p><p> </p><p>The Department for Work and Pensions has the discretion to apply interest at 1.5% above the Bank of England Base Rate when recovering an outstanding Funeral Payment from an estate.</p><p> </p><p>Interest would be charged on any balance outstanding at the end of each calendar year.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 162087 more like this
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less than 2018-07-17T16:45:38.53Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-17T16:45:38.53Z
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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 Justin Madders more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-04more like thismore than 2015-09-04
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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
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 budget for the Social Fund Funeral Payment scheme has been in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Huddersfield more like this
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Mr Barry Sheerman more like this
star this property uin 8539 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-09-14more like thismore than 2015-09-14
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments are made to all applicants who satisfy the eligibility criteria. Expenditure in the last five years was as follows:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Expenditure</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014/15</p></td><td><p>£44.2m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>£44.7m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>£43.1m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>£46.7m</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>£46.5m</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>Source: DWP Policy, Budget and Management Information System</em></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 2015-09-14T14:31:36.35Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-14T14:31:36.35Z
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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 Mr Barry Sheerman more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-07-10more like thismore than 2018-07-10
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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 the average Funeral Expenses Payment was in each year since 2003. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Chesterfield more like this
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Toby Perkins more like this
star this property uin 162526 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-07-18more like thismore than 2018-07-18
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Work and Pensions does not produce estimates for the average cost of a funeral.</p><p> </p><p>The average Funeral Expenses Payment (FEP) made in each year is published in the Social Fund Annual Report. Table 1 below provides the average FEP made in each year since 2003/04. Figures are rounded to the nearest £1.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>Table 1: Average FEP award, 2003/04 – 2017/18</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>Average FEP award</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2003/04</p></td><td><p>£1,019</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2004/05</p></td><td><p>£1,051</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005/06</p></td><td><p>£1,081</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006/07</p></td><td><p>£1,117</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007/08</p></td><td><p>£1,162</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008/09</p></td><td><p>£1,194</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009/10</p></td><td><p>£1,208</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010/11</p></td><td><p>£1,217</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011/12</p></td><td><p>£1,241</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012/13</p></td><td><p>£1,225</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013/14</p></td><td><p>£1,347</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014/15</p></td><td><p>£1,375</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015/16</p></td><td><p>£1,410</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016/17</p></td><td><p>£1,427</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017/18</p></td><td><p>£1,461</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Source: Social Fund Annual Reports 2003/04 – 2016/17, Social Fund Policy Budget and Management Information System</p><p> </p><p>Notes</p><p> </p><ol><li>The figure for 2017/18 is drawn from the Social Fund Policy Budget and Management Information System as the Social Fund Annual Report 2017/18 is not yet published.</li><li>The average award is the average payment net of returned payments (including appeals). This is calculated by taking the total value of payments in a given year (net of returned payments) and dividing by the total number of payments in a given year, as recorded in the Policy, Budget and Management Information System.</li><li>These averages include awards made after review, reconsideration or appeal following an initial refusal.</li></ol>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 162525 more like this
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less than 2018-07-18T12:32:53.97Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-18T12:32:53.97Z
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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 Toby Perkins 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 2015-10-13more like thismore than 2015-10-13
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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, what support his Department is giving to people on low incomes who are unable to cover the costs of a funeral deposit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rochdale more like this
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Simon Danczuk more like this
star this property uin 11552 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-19more like thismore than 2015-10-19
star this property answer text <p>I believe it is important that help is available to people on low incomes when they face moments of unforeseeable and exceptional need. For this reason, the Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments scheme provides help to people on qualifying benefits with funeral costs.</p><p>Social Fund Budgeting Loans, which can be made to people who have been in receipt of a qualifying benefit for at least 26 weeks, are also available to support people with funeral costs. Budgeting Loans can be made irrespective of whether the applicant has claimed or is entitled to a Funeral Expenses Payment, and can therefore help where a deposit is required up front.</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 2015-10-19T14:58:02.53Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-19T14:58:02.53Z
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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 Simon Danczuk more like this