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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
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
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
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>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
169044
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 Older Workers 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 people working in his Department are over 65 years old; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Kemptown more like this
tabling member printed
Simon Kirby more like this
uin 217836 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
answer text <p /> <p>DWP employs 91,272 staff of which 1531 of them are aged 65 and over. (data supplied as at 30 September 2014)</p> more like this
answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate remove filter
answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
question first answered
remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2014-12-15T13:21:12.037Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
3929
label Biography information for Simon Kirby more like this
167383
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-02more like thismore than 2014-12-02
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 Renewable Energy 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 assessment he has made of the capacity of his Departmental buildings for the micro-generation of renewable energy; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Kemptown more like this
tabling member printed
Simon Kirby more like this
uin 216737 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-08more like thismore than 2014-12-08
answer text <p /> <p>DWP has outsourced the provision of its estate until 31st March 2018 under a 20-year PFI contract with its private sector partner Telereal Trillium.</p><p> </p><p>Telereal Trillium’s technical experts have undertaken regular extensive reviews (both site based and desk-top studies) of the Department’s estate with a view to assessing the practical and financial viability of investing in micro-generation. These have included:</p><p> </p><p>• solar photo-voltaic and wind turbine generation of electricity; and</p><p> </p><p>• solar and bio-mass generation of heat.</p><p> </p><p>Following this review 18 sites were identified for a site visit and more detailed examination by Telereal Trillium’s technical experts and potential suppliers. Detailed business cases were then developed for the biomass sites offering the quickest payback and with the potential to meet the Department’s investment criteria. Unfortunately, although these sites offered a practical means of generating renewable energy they did not meet the Department’s investment criteria and so have not been pursued. Solar photo-voltaic and wind turbine generation projects had even longer payback periods.</p><p> </p><p>The Department also commissioned EDF to undertake independent surveys at five sites. These confirmed the results of the work undertaken by Telereal Trillium’s technical experts in that the break-even periods were too long to meet the Department’s investment criteria.</p><p> </p><p>Telereal Trillium are continuing to assess whether reductions in costs and/or improvements in technology will improve the financial viability of micro-generation.</p>
answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate remove filter
answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
question first answered
less than 2014-12-08T13:04:50.737Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-08T13:04:50.737Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
3929
label Biography information for Simon Kirby more like this
167868
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-03more like thismore than 2014-12-03
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 Energy 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 he has taken to insulate his Departmental estate in order to improve energy efficiency; and if he will make a statement. more like this
tabling member constituency Brighton, Kemptown more like this
tabling member printed
Simon Kirby more like this
uin 217054 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-10more like thismore than 2014-12-10
answer text <p /> <p>DWP has outsourced the provision of its estate until 31st March 2018 under a 20-year contract with its private sector partner Telereal Trillium (TT), leasing back fully serviced accommodation, via a PFI Contract known as PRIME.</p><p> </p><p>The buildings occupied by DWP under this PFI arrangement are generally multi-storey offices and roof space is therefore limited, resulting in most significant heat loss being via the walls, which are predominantly windows for good natural light.</p><p> </p><p>As part of on-going life cycle replacement projects planned by TT, for windows and to recover roofs, the work is carried out to the current building standard which includes modern insulating requirements.</p><p> </p><p>Additionally, during estate rationalisation DWP carefully consider the energy rating of a building as part of the decision process and where possible moves out of poorly insulated buildings.</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 2014-12-10T15:15:32.943Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-10T15:15:32.943Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
3929
label Biography information for Simon Kirby more like this
166453
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-11-26more like thismore than 2014-11-26
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 Catering 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 catering and hospitality since May 2010. more like this
tabling member constituency Leicester South more like this
tabling member printed
Jonathan Ashworth more like this
uin 216193 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>Departmental expenditure on Hospitality from the start of the 2010 financial year up to 31<sup>st</sup> October 2014, the latest date for which information is available, is shown in the graph attached. Expenditure on catering is not specifically identified but expenditure on Working Lunches and Refreshments is held and this information is also included in the graph.</p><p> </p><p>Expenditure should be seen in the context of the number of staff employed by the Department, Currently 79,514 (as at 31 October 2014), which works out at a cost per head of £1.45 per year.</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 2014-12-02T13:10:57.163Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-02T13:10:57.163Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
attachment
1
file name Catering & Hospitality May 2010-31 Oct 2014.PDF more like this
title Catering & Hospitality May 2010-31 Oct 2014 more like this
tabling member
4244
label Biography information for Jonathan Ashworth more like this
168741
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 Pension Protection Fund 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 assessment he has made of the sufficiency of the payment protection fund budget in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 to meet current and backdated claims. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Northfield more like this
tabling member printed
Richard Burden more like this
uin 217645 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>I have understood the question to be about the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), which pays compensation to members of eligible pension schemes where the employer is insolvent and the scheme can not afford the PPF level of compensation.</p><p> </p><p>The Board of the PPF is responsible for ensuring that it has sufficient funds to pay compensation. The Fund only has to meet the costs of compensation payments as they fall due.</p><p>The funding of the PPF has been designed to be robust in the long term.</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 2014-12-11T12:00:51.487Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-11T12:00:51.487Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
301
label Biography information for Richard Burden more like this
169621
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-10more like thismore than 2014-12-10
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, what criteria he used to determine that the threshold at which a change in income can lead to an adjustment in child maintenance payments should be set at 25 per cent. more like this
tabling member constituency Birmingham, Northfield more like this
tabling member printed
Richard Burden more like this
uin 218234 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
answer text <p /> <p>In determining the level of threshold the criteria considered were: to set a threshold which offered a stable maintenance liability to provide greater certainty to both parents whilst also remaining fair in dealing with unexpected and major changes in circumstances; and, to also set the threshold at a level which supports operational efficiency and secures the right balance between recalculating maintenance and collection and enforcement activity.</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 2014-12-15T12:43:46.13Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-15T12:43:46.13Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
301
label Biography information for Richard Burden more like this
167860
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2014-12-03more like thismore than 2014-12-03
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 Pensions 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 recent discussions he has had with employers on the creation of collective defined contribution pension schemes. more like this
tabling member constituency Bolton South East more like this
tabling member printed
Yasmin Qureshi more like this
uin 217110 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2014-12-09more like thismore than 2014-12-09
answer text <p /> <p>Officials and ministers have had a number of conversations, during the policy development and consultation process, with employers who may be potentially interested in establishing collective arrangements for their employees. We cannot give details of the organisations concerned due to commercial sensitivities. We also sought input about the types of schemes that might be attractive to employers through our Defined Ambition and Collective Industry Working Groups.</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 2014-12-09T12:10:10.987Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-09T12:10:10.987Z
answering member
220
label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
tabling member
3924
label Biography information for Yasmin Qureshi more like this