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star this property date less than 2015-11-23more like thismore than 2015-11-23
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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 Department for Work and Pensions: Welsh Language more like this
unstar 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 the forms of his Department's website are available in Welsh. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Llanelli more like this
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Nia Griffith more like this
star this property uin 17307 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-11-26more like thismore than 2015-11-26
star this property answer text <p>The DWP has 40 published forms on gov.uk. <del class="ministerial">O</del><ins class="ministerial">o</ins>f<del class="ministerial"> those </del><ins class="ministerial">which 27 are </ins><ins class="ministerial"></ins>covered by the Welsh Language Act<del class="ministerial">,</del><ins class="ministerial">.</ins> <ins class="ministerial">Of these 9</ins> <del class="ministerial">22</del> are <ins class="ministerial">currently</ins> available in Welsh and the rest will be by January 2016.</p><br /> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Witham more like this
star this property answering member printed Priti Patel more like this
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less than 2015-11-26T09:58:00.603Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-26T09:58:00.603Z
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less than 2015-12-14T15:08:10.033Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-14T15:08:10.033Z
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star this property label Biography information for Priti Patel more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Witham more like this
star this property answering member printed Priti Patel more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Priti Patel more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nia Griffith more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-10-24more like thismore than 2017-10-24
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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 more like this
unstar 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 people who previously qualified for disability living allowance have not been awarded personal independence payments following assessments by Atos. 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 109416 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-01more like thismore than 2017-11-01
star this property answer text <p>DWP case managers make decisions on all claims based on the PIP2 questionnaire completed by the claimant, any additional evidence they have submitted, the report from the assessment provider and any additional information the assessment provider has requested, for example information from the claimant’s GP.</p><p> </p><p>Up to 31st July 2017, 649,480 claimants underwent a Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reassessment with Independent Assessment Services (IAS), previously known as Atos. Of these claimants, 125,680 were disallowed PIP and 523,800 were awarded PIP by the department.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Source: PIP Computer System claimant records.</p><p> </p><p>Notes:</p><p><del class="ministerial">1. The figures above are the outcome of the first DWP decision on each reassessment claim (i.e. prior to any reconsideration, appeal action and award review), where that decision was a disallowance after the claimant underwent an assessment by Independent Assessment Services (previously known as Atos).</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">2. Figures include decisions made between 8th April 2013 and 31st July 2017.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">2. Figures include reassessment outcomes for individuals who were aged between 16 and 64 on 8th April 2013, and include both PIP Normal Rules and Special Rules for the Terminally Ill claims.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">3. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">4. Great Britain only.</del></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The figures are the outcome of the first DWP decision on each DLA to PIP reassessment claim assessed under Normal Rules only, prior to any reconsideration, appeal action and award review, after the claimant underwent an assessment by IAS. Figures include decisions made between 8th April 2013 and 31st July 2017 as recorded on Department systems. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 and are for Great Britain only.</ins></p>
star this property answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
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less than 2017-11-01T11:52:08.95Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-01T11:52:08.95Z
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less than 2018-01-15T10:56:58.013Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-15T10:56:58.013Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
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19203
star this property answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
star this property answering member printed Penny Mordaunt more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt 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 registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-01-08more like thismore than 2018-01-08
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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 Social Security Benefits: Disability more like this
unstar 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 presenting officers have been recruited to represent his Department at tribunal appeals against the refusal of disability benefit in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bermondsey and Old Southwark more like this
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Neil Coyle more like this
star this property uin 121498 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-01-16more like thismore than 2018-01-16
star this property answer text <p>While the Department has had presenting officers in the past, 2017 was the first time that individuals were recruited specifically into that role. Therefore there are no other specific recruitment to the presenting officer role in the years prior to 2017<del class="ministerial"> for ESA and PIP</del>.<ins class="ministerial">In 2017 DWP recruited 211 presenting officers.</ins></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
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less than 2018-01-16T17:39:32.073Zmore like thismore than 2018-01-16T17:39:32.073Z
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less than 2018-04-17T10:36:24.46Zmore like thismore than 2018-04-17T10:36:24.46Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
star this property tabling member
4368
unstar this property label Biography information for Neil Coyle more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-05-01more like thismore than 2018-05-01
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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 Offshore Industry: Air Pollution more like this
unstar 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 hydrocarbon releases from oil and gas installations on the UK continental shelf were recorded by the Health and Safety Executive in each year from 2000 to 2017. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 140076 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-05-10more like thismore than 2018-05-10
star this property answer text <p>The Health and Safety Executive has recorded the following hydrocarbon releases (HCRs) by year:</p><p> </p><p>2000 264</p><p>2001 251</p><p>2002 242</p><p>2003 242</p><p>2004 273</p><p>2005 224</p><p>2006 190</p><p>2007 185</p><p>2008 147</p><p>2009 179</p><p>2010 186</p><p>2011 142</p><p>2012 105</p><p>2013 118</p><p>2014 94</p><p>2015 93</p><p>2016 101(p)</p><p>2017 103(p)</p><p> </p><p>Final figures for 2016 will be confirmed and published with the provisional figures for 2017 as part of the Health and Safety Executive’s annual <em>Offshore Statistics &amp; Regulatory Activity Report, </em>due to be published in July.</p><p> </p><p>Releases are categorised as “major”, “significant” and “minor”, depending on the potential consequences of the event, which is usually directly linked to the total quantity or rate of release.Overall reported hydrocarbon releases have approximately halved since 2010. The reporting process presents an opportunity for both the regulator and the industry to investigate and identify underlying causes and learn lessons.</p><p> </p><p>Although the offshore industry has seen the overall downward trend as an indicator of improved performance, HSE remains concerned that every release represents a deficiency in an operator’s process safety management, and an increased risk of harm to workers. There have also been a small number of large releases every year which could have resulted in a major accident.</p><p> </p><p>Consequently, the Director of HSE’s Energy Division wrote recently to challenge the offshore industry to identify and address any weaknesses in its leadership and safety culture, as well as its arrangements for safety system audits, which have allowed such releases to occur (see attachment entitled Letter from the Director, HSE Energy Division to the Oil and Gas Industry on Hydrocarbon Releases).</p>
star this property answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
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less than 2018-05-10T14:33:45.433Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-10T14:33:45.433Z
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less than 2018-05-14T16:39:39.297Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-14T16:39:39.297Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
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star this property file name Attachment to 140076 & 140715 - Letter from the Director, HSE Energy Division to the Oil and Gas Industry on Hydrocarbon Releases.doc more like this
unstar this property title Letter from HSE Director more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Truro and Falmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Sarah Newton more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Sarah Newton more like this
star this property tabling member
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alex Cunningham more like this
225299
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2015-03-04more like thismore than 2015-03-04
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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 Bank Services: Greater London more like this
unstar 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 estimate he has made of the number of people in London, and in each London borough, who do not have a bank account. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Tooting more like this
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Sadiq Khan more like this
star this property uin 226279 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-09more like thismore than 2015-03-09
star this property answer text <p>The information is not available in the format requested. Benefit and Pension recipients who do not have a bank account are paid by Simple Payment.</p><p>As of 15<sup>th</sup> January 2015, there were <del class="ministerial">45,911 </del> <ins class="ministerial">44,528</ins> benefit recipients and pensioners in Great Britain being paid by Simple Payment.</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 2015-03-09T16:34:23.8Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-09T16:34:23.8Z
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less than 2015-03-25T10:50:49.097Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-25T10:50:49.097Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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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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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sadiq Khan more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-02-02more like thismore than 2018-02-02
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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: Publicity more like this
unstar 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 is taking to publicise information to claimants eligible for universal credit who do not have internet access. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ealing Central and Acton more like this
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Dr Rupa Huq more like this
star this property uin 126379 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-02-07more like thismore than 2018-02-07
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The attached table shows all the contracts DWP currently holds with Capita including the total value of the contracts.</del></p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">Our data shows that over 99% of claimants using the Universal Credit Full Service make their claim online.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The Department uses multiple channels to publicise information for claimants about Universal Credit. These include:</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><ul><li><ins class="ministerial">Posters and leaflets in jobcentres, including a recent campaign to raise awareness about availability of advances.</ins></li></ul><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><ul><li><ins class="ministerial">Working closely with stakeholder organisations (many of whom interact with claimants, face to face and by telephone). This also includes working with local authorities as part of our on-going partnership to improve digital access and capability.</ins></li></ul><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><ul><li><ins class="ministerial">Playing short videos in Post Offices and GP surgeries in high claimant areas, and also advertising in transport hubs and shopping precinct locations.</ins></li></ul><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">To further support claimants without internet access, all jobcentres across the country have Wi-Fi and computers available, including 8000 additional computers installed to support the introduction of Universal Credit. This provides access to digital channels in every jobcentre for claimants to use when they do not have access at home. A telephone helpline and face to face support are also available for claimants to make and manage a Universal Credit claim.</ins></p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2018-02-07T16:12:02.117Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-07T16:12:02.117Z
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less than 2018-02-09T14:43:00.573Zmore like thismore than 2018-02-09T14:43:00.573Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
star this property answering member 4495
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star this property file name 125893 Capita Contracts FR.docx more like this
star this property title Capita Contracts more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Rupa Huq more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-04-25more like thismore than 2018-04-25
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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: Young People more like this
unstar 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 people in receipt of premiums claimed for universal credit after the age of 20; and how many of those people requested a mandatory reconsideration of the work capability assessment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Midlothian more like this
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Danielle Rowley more like this
star this property uin 138098 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-04-30more like thismore than 2018-04-30
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The data requested is going through quality assurance clearance procedures in line with National Statistic and Official Statistics publication standards. We will announce the release date, as per the protocol of release of statistics, when they are ready.</del></p><p><ins class="ministerial">The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.</ins></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2018-04-30T15:05:28.167Zmore like thismore than 2018-04-30T15:05:28.167Z
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less than 2018-05-17T16:22:02.607Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-17T16:22:02.607Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Danielle Rowley more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-10-29more like thismore than 2018-10-29
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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: Greater London more like this
unstar 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 much funding has been provided to each London borough to date to support people transitioning to universal credit to make their claim online. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Westminster North more like this
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Ms Karen Buck more like this
star this property uin 184860 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-06more like thismore than 2018-11-06
star this property answer text <p>The funding provided to London local authorities to provide Universal Support since 1 April 2017 is set out in the attached document. This includes payments for both digital and budgeting support which can not be disaggregated.</p><p> </p><p>The funding provided to each local authority includes:</p><p> </p><ol><li>Full payment for 2017/18 (1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018)</li><li>Payment in July 2018 of 50% of the 2018/19 (1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019) funding allocation</li><li>Additional payments in September 2018 to those local authorities who provided support for more than 50% of their estimated volumes in Quarter 1 (1 April to 30 June 2018)</li></ol><p> </p><p>Funding for the remainder of 2018/19 is being collated and analysed.</p><p> </p><p>The amount paid to local authorities varies according to the expected Universal Credit caseload and how long they have been delivering Universal Credit. The London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Harrow Council decided to opt out of the provision of Universal Support.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2018-11-06T17:44:56.32Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-06T17:44:56.32Z
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less than 2018-11-06T18:04:38.573Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-06T18:04:38.573Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property file name TABLE DOC 184860.docx more like this
unstar this property title Funding to London LAs Universal Support more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ms Karen Buck more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-11-07more like thismore than 2016-11-07
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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 Disability Living Allowance: Children more like this
unstar 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 he has made of the number of foreign children adopted by UK parents who are not eligible for disability living allowance because of the past presence rule. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Cambridge more like this
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Daniel Zeichner more like this
star this property uin 52007 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-11-15more like thismore than 2016-11-15
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">I am replying to this question as assessments of the effect of the benefit cap are the responsibility of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">Evaluation evidence in relation to the existing cap showed very little, if any, impact on homelessness as a direct result of the cap. The small numbers of capped households who have been evicted were noted by Local Authorities as having other reasons for rent arrears and also failing to engage with relevant services; they were considered intentionally homeless.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">Where claimants need further financial support with their housing costs in order to adjust to the benefit cap, for example while they find work or move to more suitable accommodation, Local Authorities can provide additional support through the use of Discretionary Housing Payments.</del></p><p><del class="ministerial">To help Local Authorities protect the most vulnerable and to support households adjusting to the reforms, the Government will provide £870 million funding for the Discretionary Housing Payments scheme over the next 5 years.</del></p><p> </p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial"> <p> </p><ins class="ministerial"><p>The information is not held.</p></ins><p> </p></ins></p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
star this property answering member printed Penny Mordaunt more like this
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less than 2016-11-15T15:05:14.29Zmore like thismore than 2016-11-15T15:05:14.29Z
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less than 2016-11-16T15:41:59.96Zmore like thismore than 2016-11-16T15:41:59.96Z
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star this property label Biography information for Penny Mordaunt more like this
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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 answering member 4048
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unstar this property label Biography information for Daniel Zeichner more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-09-06more like thismore than 2017-09-06
star this property answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star 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 and Support Allowance more like this
unstar 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 transitional arrangements are in place for claimants whose health deteriorates when in receipt of jobseeker's allowance if their claim is stopped and they are advised to claim employment support allowance. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow more like this
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Dr Lisa Cameron more like this
star this property uin 9203 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-09-28more like thismore than 2017-09-28
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">Since August 2017 we have been focussing on more proactive case management to reduce delays and speed up the clearance of mandatory reconsiderations for personal independence payment. A similar exercise for mandatory reconsiderations for employment and support allowance has started, looking at the entire journey from when the customer first challenges the Department’s decision, from which we expect to be able to identify opportunities to reduce delays in the current process and speed up clearance of mandatory reconsiderations.</del></p><p> </p><p><del class="ministerial">The median monthly clearance time for employment and support allowance mandatory reconsiderations in July 2017 was 13 days, 1 day less than in April 2017. However it is important that sufficient time is allowed for customers to provide any additional evidence that will help to support their case. Accordingly there is no target time for clearing mandatory reconsiderations – each is done without delay, but based on its merits.</del></p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial"> <p><ins class="ministerial">If a JSA claimant’s health deteriorates, and the period of sickness is expected to exceed 13 weeks, a claim should be made to ESA or Universal Credit (UC) in relevant geographical areas.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">In this instance the claimant would need to close their JSA claim and make a new claim to ESA. ESA can be claimed immediately following the closure of a JSA claim and, provided the claim to ESA was made within 12 weeks of closing their JSA claim, the claimant would not have to serve waiting days.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">There are no transitional arrangements between the benefits however, the aim is for there to be no unnecessary interruption of funds to the individual. Where a claimant is in urgent financial need whilst their ESA claim is being processed, they can apply for additional support in the form of an advance on their first payment, known as a “short term benefit advance”, or a hardship payment. The claimant will receive a benefit advance payment on the same or next working day.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">If the JSA claimant’s period of sickness is likely to be for less than 13 weeks (referred to as an Extended Period of Sickness (EPS)), the claimant may choose to remain in receipt of JSA rather than claiming ESA/UC. If they choose to do this, they will receive the same amount of JSA benefit.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">To qualify for an EPS the claimant must not be fit for any work and this will be determined based on the medical evidence supplied. During this period the claimant will be treated as being available for work, and the Work Coach will tailor the conditionality requirements on their Claimant Commitment, taking into account the claimant’s health condition.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">An EPS can only be declared for one continuous period of sickness of 13 weeks or less in any 12 month period calculated from the start of the period of sickness. Once it is clear the period of sickness will last for 13 weeks or more, the claimant will be advised to make a claim to ESA or UC.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">In areas where UC Full Service is in place, the claimant will be advised to claim UC rather than ESA.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">One of the policy designs of Universal Credit is that it removes the need for claimants to switch between different benefits as their circumstances change, simplifying the system and ensuring continuity for claimants.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">As stated, there are no transitional arrangements for UC. Where a claimant advises they cannot manage financially until their pay day (UC is paid monthly, unlike JSA and ESA which are fortnightly), an advance can be made. This advance is recoverable from further payments of UC, at a rate agreed between the claimant and the Work Coach.</ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial"> </ins></p><p><ins class="ministerial">Universal Credit is a much simpler system with clearer rules and clearer rates. It has an easy to use online account, where claimants can report changes of circumstance in real time. UC Support for disabled people under UC reflects two core components of the old ESA system, ensuring that more severely disabled people benefit from higher payments.</ins></p></ins></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Portsmouth North more like this
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