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170553
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Public Health Funerals more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of paupers' funerals in (a) the UK, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, (d) England and (e) Northern Ireland in each of the last four years for which figures are available. more like this
tabling member constituency Airdrie and Shotts more like this
tabling member printed
Pamela Nash more like this
uin 218762 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-18more like thismore than 2014-12-18
answer text <p /> <p>My department does not collect data on the number of Local Authority funerals.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate remove filter
answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-18T11:57:14.447Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T11:57:14.447Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
3909
label Biography information for Pamela Nash more like this
166611
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-27more like thismore than 2014-11-27
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Public Health Funerals more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of pauper's funerals in each of the last three years; and what steps his Department is taking to support families on low incomes with the costs of funerals. more like this
tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Frank Field more like this
uin 216270 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-02more like thismore than 2014-12-02
answer text <p /> <p>My department does not collect data on the number of Local Authority funerals.</p><p> </p><p>The Social Fund Funeral Payment scheme continues to provide help towards a simple, respectful, low-cost funeral and in 2013/14, over 33,000 awards were made worth £44.7 million, with an average award of £1,347.</p><p> </p><p>Social Fund Budgeting Loans are also available to those on income related benefits to cover costs relating to funeral expenses.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate remove filter
answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-02T11:44:12.043Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
478
label Biography information for Frank Field more like this
173486
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-01-13more like thismore than 2015-01-13
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Funeral Payments more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2014 to Question 216270, whether the average payment made by the Social Fund Funeral Payment scheme is intended to cover the whole cost of a simple, respectful, low-cost funeral; by what methodology he has assessed the total cost of such a funeral; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
tabling member printed
Caroline Lucas more like this
uin 220516 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-01-20more like thismore than 2015-01-20
answer text <p /> <p>The Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment has from its creation, as the claim form and guidance makes clear, provided help towards the cost of funerals for eligible claimants. This includes those necessary costs of burial or cremation, which will be met in full and a significant contribution of up to £700 towards other costs.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate remove filter
answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-01-20T12:14:04.833Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-20T12:14:04.833Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
3930
label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
174488
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-01-19more like thismore than 2015-01-19
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Winter Fuel Payments: France more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what basis the French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Barthélemy, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna and New Caledonia are excluded from his calculations for the purposes of establishing the average mean winter temperature for France in connection with winter fuel payments. more like this
tabling member constituency North Thanet more like this
tabling member printed
Sir Roger Gale more like this
uin 221255 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2015-01-22
answer text <p /> <p> </p><p>The French Government and European Union law makes a distinction between the <em>pays et territoires d’outre-mer</em> (PTOM) and the <em>départements d’outre mer (DOMs). </em>The PTOM include Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Barthélémy, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna and New Caledonia. These territories benefit from association with the EU but community law does not generally apply. With the exception of Saint- Barthélémy they have their own social protection schemes and are legally and financially autonomous. UK Winter Fuel Payments are not paid to residents in the PTOMs.</p><p> </p><p>The French Government treats its DOMs as integral parts of the French State and they are subject to the application of EU social security co-ordination regulations. Winter Fuel Payments are payable to residents in the DOMs, however this will end from September 2015.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate remove filter
answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-01-22T12:35:10.033Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-22T12:35:10.033Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
87
label Biography information for Sir Roger Gale more like this
170555
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was outstanding in child maintenance arrears in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area in each of the last four years. more like this
tabling member constituency Airdrie and Shotts more like this
tabling member printed
Pamela Nash more like this
uin 218713 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-18more like thismore than 2014-12-18
answer text <p /> <p>(a) The attached document (CM arrears by Parliamentary Constituency) provides a breakdown of outstanding child maintenance arrears on cases administered by the Child Support Agency (CSA) by parliamentary constituency, as at June 2014.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Outstanding child maintenance arrears, on cases administered by the CSA, broken down by local authority is published in the six-monthly regional tables. The latest published regional figures contain data as at June 2014 which can be found at the following link:<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/347756/csa_qtr_summ_stats_regional_jun14.xls" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/347756/csa_qtr_summ_stats_regional_jun14.xls</a></p> more like this
answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate remove filter
answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-18T13:31:08.003Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-18T13:31:08.003Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
attachment
1
file name CM arrears by Parliamentary Constituency.xls more like this
title CM arrears by Parliamentary Constituency more like this
tabling member
3909
label Biography information for Pamela Nash more like this
174260
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-01-16more like thismore than 2015-01-16
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Local Housing Allowance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the shared accommodation rate reflects the real cost of renting shared accommodation. more like this
tabling member constituency Cambridge more like this
tabling member printed
Dr Julian Huppert more like this
uin 221129 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-01-21more like thismore than 2015-01-21
answer text <p /> <p><strong> </strong></p><p>Currently, increases to Local Housing Allowance rates are limited to one per cent. However, in areas where there have been the greatest divergences, we are increasing rates by up to 4 per cent subject to the funding available. In 2014/15, this meant that 56 out of the 192 Shared Accommodation Rates were increased by 4 per cent. In 2015/16, we will be increasing 63 out of the 192 Shared Accommodation Rates by 4 per cent.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate remove filter
answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-01-21T15:21:43.187Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-21T15:21:43.187Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
3931
label Biography information for Dr Julian Huppert more like this
169041
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-09more like thismore than 2014-12-09
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Staff more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on (a) consultants, (b) temporary staff and (c) contingent labour in each of the last five years; how many people have been so employed; what the length of contract of each such person was; and what equivalent civil service salary band each was on. more like this
tabling member constituency Manchester Central more like this
tabling member printed
Lucy Powell more like this
uin 217787 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
answer text <p /> <p><strong>Spend on consultants, temporary staff and contingent labour over the last 5 years: </strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2009/10</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2010/11</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011/12</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012/13</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013/14</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Consultants</strong></p></td><td><p>£27,554,654</p></td><td><p>£11,267,277</p></td><td><p>£6,507,648</p></td><td><p>£12,650,325</p></td><td><p>£11,662,269</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Temporary Staff*</strong></p></td><td><p>£22,179,497</p></td><td><p>£2,448,477</p></td><td><p>£1,272,341</p></td><td><p>£19,038,479</p></td><td><p>£6,710,259</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Contingent Labour</strong></p></td><td><p>£63,155,793</p></td><td><p>£30,277,388</p></td><td><p>£10,913,144</p></td><td><p>£14,459,590</p></td><td><p>£12,995,091</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>*Temporary Staff includes Casuals and Fixed Term Appointments employed for less than 12 months only.</p><p> </p><p>Spend on consultancy, contingent labour and temporary staff reduced in 2011/12 as the Cabinet Office Spend Controls introduced by the coalition government in May 2010 took effect. Whilst these controls are still being applied spend in these areas has since increased in response to the need for specialist external support to meet the demands of DWP major change programmes such as UC and PIP, and in response to business needs for temporary staff mainly in Operations.</p><p> </p><p>All requests for the recruitment of temporary staff are subject to recruitment freeze dispensations and are subject to Ministerial approval.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Number of consultants, temporary staff and contingent labour employed, length of contract and equivalent civil service salary:</strong></p><p> </p><p>Consultants:</p><p> </p><p>Consultants are not engaged on an individual basis. Consultancy services are delivered by a consultancy company which deploys resource according to the requirements of the engagement. Extracting data on the length of engagement of each consultant would be at disproportionate cost. Consultants do not have an equivalent civil service salary band.</p><p> </p><p>Temporary Staff:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>As at </strong><strong>31 March 2010</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>As at </strong><strong>31 March 2011</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>As at </strong><strong>31 March 2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>As at </strong><strong>31 March 2013</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>As at </strong><strong>31 March 2014</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Band A/AA</strong></p></td><td><p>169</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p>3</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Band B/AO</strong></p></td><td><p>2,333</p></td><td><p>57</p></td><td><p>360</p></td><td><p>993</p></td><td><p>247</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Band C/EO</strong></p></td><td><p>922</p></td><td><p>16</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>61</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Band D/HEO</strong></p></td><td><p>16</p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>5</p></td><td><p>13</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Band E/SEO</strong></p></td><td><p>7</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Band F/G7</strong></p></td><td><p>6</p></td><td><p>4</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Band G/G6</strong></p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>1</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>SCS</strong></p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p>2</p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p>2</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Other/Not Known</strong></p></td><td><p>1</p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td><td><p>3,454</p></td><td><p>83</p></td><td><p>371</p></td><td><p>1,071</p></td><td><p>254</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The above figures are for temporary staff engaged for less than 12 months only. No further breakdown of the length of engagement is available.</p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>As at </strong><strong>31 March 2010</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>As at </strong><strong>31 March 2011</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>As at </strong><strong>31 March 2012</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>As at </strong><strong>31 March 2013</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>As at </strong><strong>31 March 2014</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Contingent Labour</strong></p></td><td><p>760</p></td><td><p>138</p></td><td><p>81</p></td><td><p>121</p></td><td><p>85</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>We are unable to extract data on the length of engagement of each contingent labour worker or the equivalent civil service salary band as this would be at disproportionate cost.</p>
answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate remove filter
answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-16T13:46:25.3Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-16T13:46:25.3Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
4263
label Biography information for Lucy Powell more like this
168727
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make an assessment of the effect of the inclusion of a threshold of a 25 per cent change in income before child maintenance payments are adjusted in the 2012 child maintenance scheme on people paying child maintenance who are (a) self-employed and (b) in insecure work. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Northfield more like this
tabling member printed
Richard Burden more like this
uin 217727 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
answer text <p /> <p>At this point in time there are no plans to include this in the overall impact assessment of the reforms.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate remove filter
answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-11T11:55:08.887Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-11T11:55:08.887Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
301
label Biography information for Richard Burden more like this
172933
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2015-01-09more like thismore than 2015-01-09
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Widowed Parents Allowance more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has conducted an impact assessment of proposed changes to the widowed parent's allowance; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency North Ayrshire and Arran more like this
tabling member printed
Katy Clark more like this
uin 220244 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2015-01-16more like thismore than 2015-01-16
answer text <p /> <p>Bereavement benefits including Widowed Parent’s Allowance will be replaced by Bereavement Support Payment from April 2017. Those already in receipt of the existing benefit will not be affected by the change.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>An impact assessment was published in April 2014: “Replacement of existing Bereavement Benefits for New Claims from April 2017 – Bereavement Benefits for the 21<sup>st</sup> Century (in Great Britain)”</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/311318/pensions-act-ia-annex-d-bereavement-support-payment.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/311318/pensions-act-ia-annex-d-bereavement-support-payment.pdf</a></p> more like this
answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate remove filter
answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
question first answered
less than 2015-01-16T14:01:49.057Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-16T14:01:49.057Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
1590
label Biography information for Katy Clark more like this
169047
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-09more like thismore than 2014-12-09
answering body
Department for Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept id 29 more like this
answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
hansard heading Funeral Payments: Motherwell more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for funeral payments were awarded by his Department in Motherwell and Wishaw constituency in each of the last three years; and what the average such award was in each of those years. more like this
tabling member constituency Motherwell and Wishaw more like this
tabling member printed
Mr Frank Roy more like this
uin 217930 more like this
answer
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-11more like thismore than 2014-12-11
answer text <p /> <p>DWP does not hold data on Funeral Payments at constituency level.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate remove filter
answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-11T12:20:38.09Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-11T12:20:38.09Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
626
label Biography information for Mr Frank Roy more like this