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star this property date less than 2016-01-27more like thismore than 2016-01-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Pensioners: Poverty more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the triple lock pension policy of the number of pensioners living in poverty in (a) Windsor, (b) the South East and (c) the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
star this property uin 24574 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-02-04more like thismore than 2016-02-04
star this property answer text <p>While we can’t draw a direct link between the triple lock and pensioner poverty, pensioner poverty is at one of the lowest rates since records began. Pensioners are less likely to be in relative and absolute low income after housing costs than the population as a whole. The Government continues to support the poorest pensioners and from April 2016, Pension Credit will top up income to a guaranteed minimum level of £155.60 for a single person and £237.55 for couples.</p><p>The Government wants all pensioners to have a decent and secure income in retirement. We are committed to the triple lock, the guarantee that the basic State Pension will increase by the highest of the growth in average earnings, price increase or 2.5%. From April 2016, the basic State Pension will be over £1,100 a year higher than at the start of the last Parliament. This will benefit many of the 18,000 recipients of State Pension in Windsor, the 1.7 million recipients in the South East and the 13 million recipients in the UK.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2016-02-04T17:06:54.213Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-04T17:06:54.213Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Adam Afriyie more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2016-06-07
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Personal Income more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he has taken to increase the range of statistics that his Department collects on income mobility. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Windsor more like this
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Adam Afriyie more like this
star this property uin 39725 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-06-14more like thismore than 2016-06-14
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Work and Pensions (as well as the Office for National Statistics) publishes a wide range of information looking at the income distribution. We have announced we will be producing a new publication, Income Dynamics in February/March 2017, which will look at income mobility, including a measure of persistent low income, based on new data from the Understanding Society survey.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2016-06-14T14:46:57.293Zmore like thismore than 2016-06-14T14:46:57.293Z
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4105
unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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1586
star this property label Biography information for Adam Afriyie 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
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Pneumoconiosis: Compensation more like this
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, with reference to the schedule of comparable programme objects in HM Treasury's publication, Funding the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly: Statement of Funding Policy, published in October 2010, what the total expenditure was on how many claims relating to pneumoconiosis in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Kilmarnock and Loudon constituency between 2010 and 2015; and how many such claims were unsuccessful. 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 11504 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-19more like thismore than 2015-10-19
star this property answer text <p>The information requested is not readily available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p><p>Benefit expenditure for Pneumoconiosis at a Great Britain level is available in our published expenditure tables which are available at:<br><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/benefit-expenditure-and-caseload-tables-2015" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/benefit-expenditure-and-caseload-tables-2015</a></p><p>The number of monthly Pneumoconiosis claims and expenditure at a Great Britain level by type of claimant and payment is available from here:<br><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/industrial-injuries-disablement-benefit-quarterly-statistics" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/industrial-injuries-disablement-benefit-quarterly-statistics</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2015-10-19T13:31:37.563Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-19T13:31:37.563Z
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4105
unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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4470
star this property label Biography information for Alan Brown more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
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
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Pneumoconiosis: Compensation more like this
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 the average time was for a decision to be made on a claim for pneumoconiosis between 2010 and 2015. 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 11505 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2015-10-19more like thismore than 2015-10-19
star this property answer text <p>The information requested is not available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2015-10-19T13:19:12.48Zmore like thismore than 2015-10-19T13:19:12.48Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Alan Brown more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-04-08more like thismore than 2016-04-08
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading National Insurance Contributions more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate (a) the number of employers who have passed the full increase in national insurance contributions associated with the Pensions Act 2014 on to their employees, (b) the number of employees who have been affected by those changes, (c) the change in real terms to the take-home pay of such staff as a result of those changes and (d) the number of employers who are making profits to a sufficient level that there is no need to use the override facility incorporated within that Act. 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 33090 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-15more like thismore than 2016-04-15
star this property answer text <p>The Department does not hold the information requested in parts (a),(b) and (d) of the question. In relation to part (c), the Pension Act 2014 Impact Assessment (May 2014) contains relevant information:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/311316/pensions-act-ia-annex-a-single-tier-state-pension.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/311316/pensions-act-ia-annex-a-single-tier-state-pension.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p>In particular, table 5.2 shows the monthly increase in individual National Insurance contributions as a result of ending DB contracting-out, expressed in 2013/14 earnings terms on the assumption that the increased cost to the employer is passed on in full.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2016-04-15T12:13:50.477Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-15T12:13:50.477Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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4470
star this property label Biography information for Alan Brown more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-04-08more like thismore than 2016-04-08
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Personal Independence Payment more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps to introduce lifetime awards for people assessed as requiring the upper personal independence payment allowance mobility component who have been diagnosed with muscle degenerative diseases or conditions. 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 32963 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-13more like thismore than 2016-04-13
star this property answer text <p>Personal Independence Payment is specifically designed to ensure that the benefit is awarded to those with the greatest need and the award review process is integral to ensuring this happens. Under Disability Living Allowance over 70% of all claims had no review built-in, meaning that claimants could have been receiving too much or too little in benefit.</p><p> </p><p>We take a personalised approach to setting the length of awards, varying the frequency and format of awards and reviews depending on the individual’s needs and the likelihood of their health condition or impairment changing.</p><p> </p><p>Where the claimant has high levels of functional impairment which are only likely to increase or not improve, it is likely that the claimant will receive an enhanced rate of benefit and a longer term award.</p><p> </p><p>We recognise that it is important to ensure that the review process is applied sensitively and appropriately. As such, it is likely that the awards of such claimants would also go through a less intensive review process which may not, if all the necessary information is held, include a face-to-face assessment.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2016-04-13T16:21:01.913Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-13T16:21:01.913Z
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4105
unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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4470
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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
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Funeral Payments more like this
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, 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 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 remove filter
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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4105
unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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4470
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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
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Fund more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees there were in the Social Fund and Specialist Benefits Team on 1 April (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013, (e) 2014, (f) 2015 and (e) 2016. 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 35019 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-26more like thismore than 2016-04-26
star this property answer text <p>Management Information is held only since 2013 and is provided here:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>2013 - 2014</p></td><td><p>2014 - 2015</p></td><td><p>2015 - 2016</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Bereavement Benefit</p></td><td><p>94.33</p></td><td><p>83.87</p></td><td><p>78.49</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Maternity Allowance</p></td><td><p>70.21</p></td><td><p>66.19</p></td><td><p>72.46</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit</p></td><td><p>191.97</p></td><td><p>165.63</p></td><td><p>149.40</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Social Fund</p></td><td><p>798.46</p></td><td><p>411.34</p></td><td><p>349.78</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Budgeting Loans and Crisis Loans were previously part of the Social Fund and staff that were previously doing this work have been re-assigned to other work.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2016-04-26T14:57:41.64Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-26T14:57:41.64Z
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4105
unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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4470
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star this property date less than 2016-04-22more like thismore than 2016-04-22
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Work Capability Assessment more like this
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, if he will review the language and terminology used in written communications to people attending personal independence payment or work capability assessments to ensure that those communications are readily understood by recipients. 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 35152 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-04-27more like thismore than 2016-04-27
star this property answer text <p>We are undertaking a full review of PIP and ESA communication products and messages. This work includes customer testing to ensure that the language and terminology used is clearly understood by recipients.</p><p> </p><p>As part of our work to review claimant communications we are working with our Health Assessment Providers for PIP and ESA, to align the notifications sent to claimants invited to attend a face-to-face consultation with content produced by the Department.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2016-04-27T09:08:49.82Zmore like thismore than 2016-04-27T09:08:49.82Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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4470
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star this property date less than 2016-04-29more like thismore than 2016-04-29
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Motability 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 contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State of 23 February 2016, Official Report, column 82WH, on the Motability car scheme, whether the ability to walk 20 metres is one of the assessment criteria for enhanced mobility. 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 36131 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-05-05more like thismore than 2016-05-05
star this property answer text <p>As with all the activities, a claimant should be assessed as satisfying a descriptor only if the reliability criteria have been fully considered. The reliability criteria are a key protection for claimants being assessed for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and are a new introduction that did not apply under Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Claimants who cannot walk 20 metres reliably are guaranteed to receive the enhanced rate mobility component.</p><p> </p><p>PIP has also introduced a new criteria around the ability to plan and follow a journey, which is designed to recognise the mobility challenges of non-physical conditions and ensure these claimants also have access to the highest level of support where appropriate.</p><p> </p><p>Further information on how the reliability criteria should be applied can be found in the PIP Assessment Guide for Health Professionals carrying out assessments.</p><p> </p><p>This guidance can be accessed on the gov.uk website:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/449043/pip-assessment-guide.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/449043/pip-assessment-guide.pdf</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon remove filter
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2016-05-05T16:44:48.573Zmore like thismore than 2016-05-05T16:44:48.573Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Alan Brown more like this