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star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2018-11-02
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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 remove filter
unstar 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, for what reason the taper that is applied to wages is not applied to pensions in relation to universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
star this property tabling member printed
Dan Jarvis more like this
star this property uin 187333 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 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
star this property answer text <p>The taper is the rate at which Universal Credit is reduced to take account of earnings. It is specifically for in work claimants and linked to earnings to incentivise work, and those in work to earn more. Universal Credit has a single taper of 63 per cent so payments reduce in a transparent and predictable way as earnings increase. Universal Credit is a means tested benefit, and income other than earnings, such as pensions, is taken fully into account in the assessment of Universal Credit. This is consistent with how legacy means tested benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Income Support treat pension income. Therefore it would not be consistent to extend the earnings taper to pensions income and doing so would also undermine the incentives to work for people of working age.</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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remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2018-11-12T18:05:06.27Z
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4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4243
star this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
935249
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2018-07-06more like thismore than 2018-07-06
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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 remove filter
unstar 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 she has made of the effectiveness of the online journal for universal credit; and whether her Department has plans to improve the journals for benefits claimants. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
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Dan Jarvis more like this
star this property uin 161553 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 2018-07-11more like thismore than 2018-07-11
star this property answer text <p>The recently published Claimant Survey shows claimants are largely very positive about key aspects of the digital service, such as the journal. Overall, eight in ten (79 per cent) claimants said they found the journal easy to use, while three quarters (75 per cent) said it was a useful way to keep a record of their progress. A similar proportion (74 per cent) said the journal was a useful way to communicate with their work coach, while 68 per cent said they use it to keep evidence of their job seeking or work preparation activity.</p><p> </p><p>As part of our test and learn approach to Universal Credit, we update and improve the full service every two weeks, for example, a recent update gave claimants the ability to apply for an advance through their online account. These updates can include changes to the journal, adding functionality and improving ease of use.</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 2018-07-11T16:46:16.677Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-11T16:46:16.677Z
star this property answering member
4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4243
star this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
994667
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2018-10-25more like thismore than 2018-10-25
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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 remove filter
unstar 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 criteria her Department uses to determine the repayment rates for Advance Payments awarded to people struggling financially who are in receipt of universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
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Dan Jarvis more like this
star this property uin 183941 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 2018-10-30more like thismore than 2018-10-30
star this property answer text <p>Universal Credit advances must be repaid in either a maximum of 12 months (for new claim, benefit transfer and budgeting advances) or 6 months (for a change of circumstances advances). The amount of the advance awarded is divided by either up to 6 or 12 to get the appropriate monthly repayment rate.</p><p> </p><p>This is explained in the advance award discussion with the claimant to make sure they can afford to repay the advance. However, if a claimant wishes, they can pay it back in less than the maximum number of months available, as long as the monthly repayment does not exceed the maximum repayment rate of a claimant’s standard allowance, which as a result of the 2018 Autumn Budget will be reduced from 40% to 30%.</p><p> </p><p>If during the recovery of an advance the claimant experiences an unforeseen expense that would cause them or their family genuine hardship if they were required to continue to repay the advance, then they can be offered a deferral period of the repayment of the advance of up to 3 months for a new claim, benefit transfer or change of circumstance advance and up to 6 months for a budgeting advance.</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 2018-10-30T18:07:05.587Zmore like thismore than 2018-10-30T18:07:05.587Z
star this property answering member
4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
star this property tabling member
4243
star this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
100975
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-27more like thismore than 2014-10-27
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit remove filter
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered including school holiday provision in passported benefits to be included in Universal Credit. more like this
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Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope more like this
star this property uin HL2431 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 2014-11-17more like thismore than 2014-11-17
star this property answer text <p>The Child Poverty Strategy, published in June 2014, outlined the Government’s actions to tackle child poverty and improve the living standards of poor children.[1]</p><p> </p><p>We have not considered including school holiday provision in passported benefits to be included in Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>[1] <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/child-poverty-strategy-2014-to-2017" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/child-poverty-strategy-2014-to-2017</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Nash more like this
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less than 2014-11-17T14:21:59.807Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-17T14:21:59.807Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Nash more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope more like this
101506
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
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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 remove filter
unstar 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 claimants of Universal Credit have applied for (a) budgeting advances and (b) alternative payment arrangements; how many such applications were successful; and what the average amount awarded for a successful application has been to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Mr Frank Field more like this
star this property uin 212235 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 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
star this property answer text <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> </p><p> </p><p> </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> </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> </p><p> </p><p> </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> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
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less than 2014-11-04T15:33:30.1040318Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-04T15:33:30.1040318Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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25883
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
star this property answering member
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
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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 remove filter
unstar 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 universal credit applications can be processed on average manually by an adviser in a day. 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 212414 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 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
star this property answer text <p>Claims to Universal Credit are received predominantly on-line or, in a small minority, by telephone at our Service Centre. We do not manually process claims to Universal Credit.</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 more like this
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less than 2014-11-04T17:12:32.6722467Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-04T17:12:32.6722467Z
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1520
star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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25884
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
star this property answering member
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
star this property tabling member
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
101607
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
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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 remove filter
unstar 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, when he expects Jobcentre Plus to deploy an IT solution for the calculation of universal credit for those other than single people; and if he will make a statement. 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 212412 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 2014-11-06more like thismore than 2014-11-06
star this property answer text <p /> <p>Universal Credit has been available online for new claims from Single people from April 2013, has been available to Couples from June 2014 and will be available to Families by the end of the year.</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 more like this
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less than 2014-11-06T17:08:10.999354Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-06T17:08:10.999354Z
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1520
star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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25890
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
star this property answering member
1520
star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
star this property tabling member
163
star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
101609
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
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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 remove filter
unstar 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 front line job centre advisers will take part in user acceptance testing of the IT systems developed to facilitate the delivery of universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds West more like this
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Rachel Reeves more like this
star this property uin 212398 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 2014-11-06more like thismore than 2014-11-06
star this property answer text <p>DWP has well developed processes for testing IT systems prior to roll out. This encompasses a range of testing phases, which includes user and business testing cycles. Testing is done through a range of expert practitioners who have experience in managing and delivering DWP business.</p><p> </p><p>UC IT systems used these testing methodologies to ensure expert practitioners and staff including front line work coaches were a key part of test cycles.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The number of front line work coaches involved at each stage of testing varies and as such we are unable to give an exact figure.</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 more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 212396 more like this
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less than 2014-11-06T16:41:45.8715997Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-06T16:41:45.8715997Z
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1520
star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
star this property previous answer version
25888
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
star this property answering member
1520
star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
star this property tabling member
4031
star this property label Biography information for Rachel Reeves more like this
101611
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
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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 remove filter
unstar 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 metrics were used to determine whether the IT systems developed to facilitate the delivery of universal credit pathfinders were fit for purpose. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds West more like this
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Rachel Reeves more like this
star this property uin 212395 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 2014-11-04more like thismore than 2014-11-04
star this property answer text <p /> <p>DWP uses a standard methodology to design and test business processes and IT systems. These have been developed over years of best practice using external expertise and in-house practitioners who have many years of experience in delivering DWP business. These best practice methods have been used to test that the Universal Credit IT systems and business processes are complete and fit for purpose prior to roll out.</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 more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 212490 more like this
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less than 2014-11-04T17:17:16.8301323Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-04T17:17:16.8301323Z
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1520
star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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25886
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
star this property answering member
1520
star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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4031
star this property label Biography information for Rachel Reeves more like this
101612
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
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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 remove filter
unstar 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 front line job centre advisers took part in user acceptance testing of the IT systems developed to facilitate the delivery of universal credit pathfinders. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Leeds West more like this
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Rachel Reeves more like this
star this property uin 212396 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 2014-11-06more like thismore than 2014-11-06
star this property answer text <p /> <p>DWP has well developed processes for testing IT systems prior to roll out. This encompasses a range of testing phases, which includes user and business testing cycles. Testing is done through a range of expert practitioners who have experience in managing and delivering DWP business.</p><p> </p><p>UC IT systems used these testing methodologies to ensure expert practitioners and staff including front line work coaches were a key part of test cycles.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The number of front line work coaches involved at each stage of testing varies and as such we are unable to give an exact figure.</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 more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 212398 more like this
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less than 2014-11-06T16:41:45.7681223Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-06T16:41:45.7681223Z
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1520
star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
star this property previous answer version
25887
star this property answering member constituency Forest of Dean more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Harper more like this
star this property answering member
1520
star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Harper more like this
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4031
star this property label Biography information for Rachel Reeves more like this