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star this property date less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
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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 Occupational Pensions: Dunfermline and West Fife more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the Answer of 8 October 2019 to Question 294182, how many employers in Dunfermline and West Fife constituency have not met their duties pertaining to the automatic enrolment of employees in a workplace pension scheme. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dunfermline and West Fife more like this
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Douglas Chapman more like this
star this property uin 7168 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 2019-11-04more like thismore than 2019-11-04
star this property answer text <p>Automatic enrolment has achieved a quiet revolution through getting employees into the habit of pension saving, and reversing the decline in workplace pension participation in the decade prior to these reforms. Since automatic enrolment started in 2012 participation rates have been transformed with 87% of eligible employees saving into a workplace pension in 2018, up from 55% in 2012.</p><p> </p><p>The Department does not hold data for individual constituencies in relation to non-compliance of employers.</p><p> </p><p>The Pensions Regulator’s data on automatic enrolment declaration of compliance by constituency is available via the following weblink: <a href="https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/document-library/research-and-analysis/data-requests" target="_blank">https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/document-library/research-and-analysis/data-requests</a></p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-11-04T16:40:38.967Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-04T16:40:38.967Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Douglas Chapman more like this
1166642
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
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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: Fraud 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 estimate she has made of the debt incurred by individuals as a result of being scammed into claiming an advance for universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury more like this
star this property uin 6511 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 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
star this property answer text <p>On the 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019 we brought in changes to the application process for Universal Credit advances to protect innocent people from these scams.</p><p> </p><p>In order to determine whether an individual is liable to repay an advance, we look at the strength of evidence provided. Our investigations play an important part in establishing whether a claimant has had any involvement. In some cases, we will be able to establish that a claimant was entirely innocent and did not benefit from the payment, in which case we would not seek to recover the money from them.</p><p> </p><p>As each case is different and is judged solely on its merits, and as our investigations are still ongoing, it is not possible to accurately estimate the amount individuals could be asked to repay.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-30T16:46:49.57Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-30T16:46:49.57Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1166654
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
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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: Fraud 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 she has made of the number of universal credit claimants who have been referred for fraud relating to advance claims made after 18 September 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Weaver Vale more like this
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Mike Amesbury more like this
star this property uin 6512 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 2019-11-01more like thismore than 2019-11-01
star this property answer text <p>It is not possible to answer this question. This answer could only be provided by accessing a substantial number of referrals to ascertain how many relate to advances claimed after 18<sup>th</sup> September 2019. As a result, we estimate providing this information would incur disproportionate costs.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-11-01T10:59:45.43Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-01T10:59:45.43Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mike Amesbury more like this
1166664
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
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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 State Retirement Pensions: Females 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 (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have met with representatives from #BackTo60, the One Voice movement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
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Philip Davies more like this
star this property uin 6298 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 2019-11-01more like thismore than 2019-11-01
star this property answer text <p>The Secretary of State, Ministers in her Department, nor any officials in the Department for Work and Pensions, have met with such representatives.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-11-01T10:56:38.867Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-01T10:56:38.867Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this
1166932
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star this property date less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
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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 Pension Credit and State Retirement Pensions: Romford 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 pensioners in Romford constituency (a) receive the basic state pension, (b) receive pension credit and (c) are eligible for pension credit but do not claim it. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Romford more like this
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Andrew Rosindell more like this
star this property uin 6271 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 2019-11-04more like thismore than 2019-11-04
star this property answer text <p>In February 2019, the number of pensioners in Romford constituency that (a) receive the pre-2016 State Pension is 15,700 and (b) receive Pension Credit is 2,022. The information is published and available at: <a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk</a></p><p> </p><p>The number of pensioners that are eligible for pension credit but do not claim it (c) is only available at national level.</p><p> </p><p>Official statistics on the take-up of income related benefits at Great Britain level, including pension credit, can be found in the ‘Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up in 2016 to 2017’ publication: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up-financial-year-2016-to-2017</a></p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-11-04T14:01:19.213Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-04T14:01:19.213Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this
1151793
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star this property date less than 2019-10-23more like thismore than 2019-10-23
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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 Attendance Allowance 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 assessment she has made of the the effect on vulnerable claimants of the requirement for six months proof of eligibility when applying for attendance allowance. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wansbeck more like this
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Ian Lavery more like this
star this property uin 4321 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 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
star this property answer text <p>The longstanding principle applied by successive governments, whether they are Labour, Coalition or Conservatives is that some, or all, of the qualifying period can be completed before the claim for Attendance Allowance is made. Thus qualifying claimants with care needs can normally become eligible for Attendance Allowance 6 months after those care needs arise.</p><p>There is no requirement for claims from those with a terminal illness to complete a qualifying period. Claims from other identified vulnerable claimants will be dealt with as a matter of priority where appropriate.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-29T16:12:21.577Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-29T16:12:21.577Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ian Lavery more like this
1151926
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star this property date less than 2019-10-23more like thismore than 2019-10-23
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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 Universal Credit: Fraud 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 instances of universal credit advance fraud have been investigated by her Department in each month since the introduction of full service. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 4279 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 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
star this property answer text <p>The Department has captured discrete figures on the number of investigations for this type of fraud since February 2019. A breakdown of how many cases have been either completed, or are at some stage of investigation is shown in the table below.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Month</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>February</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>March</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>April</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>May</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>June</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>July</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>August</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>September</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Number of cases</strong></p></td><td><p>200</p></td><td><p>900</p></td><td><p>1,600</p></td><td><p>800</p></td><td><p>900</p></td><td><p>1,300</p></td><td><p>4,800</p></td><td><p>5,300</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><em>*These figures have been sourced from internal management information and were not intended for public release. They are subject to change and should not be compared to other figures subsequently released by the Department. These figures have been rounded to the nearest 100.</em></p><p> </p><p>As the scale of this issue has increased, we have dedicated more resource to the team investigating this fraud. We have also worked with operational staff to improve the referral process. This allows referrals to be routed to investigators and progressed more quickly.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-29T11:21:59.63Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-29T11:21:59.63Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1151533
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star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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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 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what monitoring is undertaken of errors arising from the RTI system leading to overpayment of universal credit due to lack of notification of wages; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Oxford East more like this
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Anneliese Dodds more like this
star this property uin 3814 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
star this property answer text <p>The amount of Universal Credit paid to claimants reflects the actual circumstances of a household during each monthly assessment period, as closely as possible.</p><p> </p><p>Monthly assessment periods align to the way the majority of employees are paid and also allows Universal Credit to be adjusted each month. This means that if a claimant's income falls, they will not have to wait several months for a rise in their Universal Credit.</p><p /><p>The IT systems between HMRC Real Time Information (RTI) system and the DWP are monitored 24/7 for any IT failures, so these can be addressed immediately. Universal Credit does not run its Payment Calculations until all earnings files transferred from HMRC are received. However, this does not address instances where an employer has failed to notify HMRC of earnings timeously. In these circumstances we have processes in place, including the opportunity for claimants to self-report earnings to help avoid overpayments.</p><p> </p><p>The DWP has been working closely with HMRC since Universal Credit went live in 2013 to support and inform employers who report earnings to emphasise the importance of timely reporting via the Real Time Information (RTI) system.</p><p> </p><p>HMRC have updated their guidance to reiterate to employers the importance of reporting accurate dates and the impact on payment cycles; the Financial Secretary to the Treasury is also working closely with HMRC and employers to do this.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T13:40:20.627Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T13:40:20.627Z
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4142
star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Anneliese Dodds more like this
1151596
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star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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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: Fraud 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 and what proportions of claimants of universal credit that would found guilty of advance payment loan fraud have been moved back to their previous benefit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 3562 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 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
star this property answer text <p>The Department is committed to the prevention, detection and investigation of all types of benefit fraud. Since 18 September 2019, claimants are required to attend an interview at a Jobcentre to verify their identity before claiming a Universal Credit new claim advance. This change is helping protect claimants from identity fraud and becoming victims of third party scams.</p><p> </p><p>The Department will review each case where a claim to Universal Credit was prompted by fraudulent activity. If there is clear evidence that the claimant had no involvement in the fraud, and where the claimant wishes us to do so, we will consider re-instating DWP legacy benefits.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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3565 more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T17:26:27.703Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T17:26:27.703Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
1151597
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star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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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: Fraud more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to help prosecute people accused of fraud involving the universal credit advance payment loan. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 3563 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 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
star this property answer text <p>The Department continues to work hard to ensure that the perpetrators of Universal Credit advances fraud are punished.</p><p> </p><p>We have worked with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that there will be no specific overpayment value threshold for prosecution to be considered in Universal Credit advances fraud cases. This will allow decisions to be made purely on the strength of evidence.</p><p> </p><p>We continue to work with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to ensure that a similar approach is applied for cases in Scotland.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham remove filter
star this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T13:53:32.17Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T13:53:32.17Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this