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star this property date less than 2014-10-24more like thismore than 2014-10-24
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Disability more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training his Department makes available to staff who assess people with progressive health conditions for employment and support allowance or personal independence payment on the nature of those conditions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol East more like this
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Kerry McCarthy more like this
star this property uin 211883 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p> </p><p>All healthcare professionals who carry out either Work Capability Assessments or Personal Independence Payment assessments undergo broad and thorough training in disability analysis, as well as training in specific conditions, including progressive conditions. Atos Healthcare and Capita are required to conform to a rigorous set of quality and recruitment standards which are closely monitored by the Department for Work and Pensions.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper remove filter
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less than 2014-10-29T15:04:11.1201719Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T15:04:11.1201719Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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1491
unstar this property label Biography information for Kerry McCarthy more like this
100767
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Disability Living Allowance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what training is required before a disability living allowance decision-maker can take up the role. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Selly Oak more like this
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Steve McCabe more like this
star this property uin 211705 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>All staff undertake a 14 week training period in preparation for their role as DLA decision makers. This comprises a blend of classroom-based learning and on-the-job supervision and coaching.</p><p> </p><p>Following this 14 week training period continuing support is provided to decision makers through coaching, mentoring and monitoring, training workshops and workplace learning.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper remove filter
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less than 2014-10-29T15:10:41.1240943Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T15:10:41.1240943Z
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1520
star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve McCabe more like this
100916
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-24more like thismore than 2014-10-24
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Disability more like this
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, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the support available for people with progressive conditions; and to what extent the assessment process for (a) employment and support allowance and (b) personal independence payments takes into account the fluctuating and progressive nature of conditions such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol East more like this
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Kerry McCarthy more like this
star this property uin 211882 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>Both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payment (PIP) have been designed to take full account of fluctuating conditions and healthcare professionals who undertake assessments are required to fully explore and report any fluctuations in a claimant’s condition(s).</p><p> </p><p>If a claimant has a progressive medical condition, healthcare professionals will take this into consideration when advising the Department as to when the claimant might need to be reviewed.</p><p> </p><p>Entitlement to both ESA and PIP is based on the impact of the claimant’s disability or health conditions.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper remove filter
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less than 2014-10-29T14:56:59.9874724Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T14:56:59.9874724Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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1491
unstar this property label Biography information for Kerry McCarthy more like this
100914
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-24more like thismore than 2014-10-24
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations more like this
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, what payments were made in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14 in compensation for delays to claimants arising from the Atos assessment process (a) nationwide and (b) in the Stoke-on-Trent area; what steps he is taking to ensure that no further such delays are incurred; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stoke-on-Trent North more like this
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Joan Walley more like this
star this property uin 211896 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>My response relates to Work Capability Assessments.</p><p> </p><p>The reasons for making special payments are not routinely recorded and to provide the requested information would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>We are continuing to work closely with Atos under the current contract and process claims as quickly as possible. DWP’s aim is to continually improve the Work Capability Assessment process and help bring down waiting times for claimants.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper remove filter
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less than 2014-10-29T14:44:47.2273429Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T14:44:47.2273429Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Joan Walley more like this
100525
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading Employment and Support Allowance: South Yorkshire more like this
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, how many people currently in receipt of employment and support allowance (ESA) in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley local authority and (c) South Yorkshire have been waiting more than 13 weeks for an ESA reassessment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barnsley East more like this
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Michael Dugher more like this
star this property uin 211630 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p /> <p>The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper remove filter
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less than 2014-10-29T17:43:59.4241546Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T17:43:59.4241546Z
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1520
star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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3916
unstar this property label Biography information for Michael Dugher more like this
100520
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
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, how much his Department spent on short term benefit advances for claimants of universal credit in (a) 2013-14 and (b) 2014-15 to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 211598 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Short Term Benefit Advances (STBA) are only available against legacy benefits. Universal Credit has it's own system of benefit advances. The equivalent support to STBA is provided by either the Universal Credit (new claim) advance or the Universal Credit (change of circumstance) advance.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Currently these costs are not reported separately. UC benefit expenditure is published in the table in the attached link</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-expenditure-and-caseload-tables-2014" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/benefit-expenditure-and-caseload-tables-2014</a></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper remove filter
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less than 2014-10-29T17:40:28.4640021Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T17:40:28.4640021Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
100536
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property 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 claiming universal credit have accessed short term benefit advances to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham more like this
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 211597 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Short Term Benefit Advances (STBA) are only available against legacy benefits. Universal Credit has its own system of benefit advances. The equivalent support to STBA is provided by either the Universal Credit (new claim) advance or the Universal Credit (change of circumstance) advance.</p><p> </p><p>The information you have requested is not currently available. The Department published its strategy for releasing official statistics on Universal Credit in September 2013 which can be found at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/universal-credit-statistics" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/universal-credit-statistics</a></p><p> </p><p>These statistics however will be published in accordance with the relevant protocols in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.</p><p>As outlined in the strategy, officials are currently quality assuring data for Universal Credit, therefore it is not yet possible to give a definitive list of what statistics will be provided in the future.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper remove filter
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less than 2014-10-29T17:50:01.6289002Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T17:50:01.6289002Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
100317
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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
unstar this property hansard heading Carer's Allowance more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to link an increase of the earnings threshold for carer's allowance to the rise in the National Minimum Wage. 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 211436 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The earnings threshold in Carer’s Allowance is regularly reviewed. It is designed to enable carers to maintain a link with the labour market and achieve greater financial independence. It is increased periodically, most recently from £100 to £102 on 20 May 2014.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper remove filter
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less than 2014-10-29T17:42:37.6084177Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T17:42:37.6084177Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alex Cunningham more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
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
unstar this property hansard heading Employment and Support Allowance: South Yorkshire more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Barnsley East constituency, (b) Barnsley local authority area and (c) South Yorkshire are waiting for an employment and support allowance (ESA) assessment; and how many of those are (i) new claimants and (ii) existing ESA recipients. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barnsley East more like this
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Michael Dugher more like this
star this property uin 211455 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The information requested on people waiting for an Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) work capability assessment in Barnsley Local Authority and the South Yorkshire area is shown in the table below.</p><p> </p><p>Number of people whose functional assessment has not yet been completed for initial and repeat assessments, in Barnsley Local Authority and South Yorkshire: 27 October 2008 – 31 December 2013</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p>Initial assessments</p></td><td><p>Repeat assessments</p></td></tr><tr><td> </td><td> </td><td> </td></tr><tr><td><p>Barnsley LA</p></td><td><p>1,400</p></td><td><p>500</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>South Yorkshire</p></td><td><p>6,400</p></td><td><p>2,400</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p>Source: Data in the tables above is derived from administrative data held by the DWP and assessment data provided by Atos Healthcare.</p><p> </p><p>Notes:</p><ol start="1" type="1"><li>Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.</li><li>Data is given up to 31 December 2013, which is the latest data available.</li><li>South Yorkshire is made up of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Local Authorities.</li></ol><p> </p><p>Data for Barnsley East Constituency is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper remove filter
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less than 2014-10-29T17:50:30.9692464Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T17:50:30.9692464Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Michael Dugher more like this