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star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how long on average it takes to (a) agree and (b) allocate the Social Fund funerals expense payment. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
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Dr David Drew more like this
star this property uin 271339 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
star this property answer text <p>On average, it takes The Department for Work &amp; Pensions 2-3 weeks to process a Social Fund Funeral Payment from the point of claim, to the decision maker determining whether entitlement exists. In the instances when entitlement exists, it then takes an additional 3-5 working days for the payment to credit to either the Funeral Director’s or claimant’s bank account.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T14:46:16.657Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T14:46:16.657Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-01more like thismore than 2019-07-01
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Funeral Payments remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to increase (a) knowledge of, (b) access to and (c) take-up of social fund funeral payments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
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Dr David Drew more like this
star this property uin 271352 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-04more like thismore than 2019-07-04
star this property answer text <p>My officials regularly engage with funeral and bereavement stakeholders to help them build awareness of the support available</p><p> </p><p>In August 2018, the GOV.UK website was updated with a step-by-step guide about to do after someone has died, including arranging a funeral and applying for a Funeral Expenses Payments.</p><p> </p><p>DWP is currently updating the leaflet that registrars give to people registering deaths. The revised version will include details of Funeral Expense Payments, and direct people to the GOV.UK step-by-step guide. DWP staff can also provide this information over the phone or in Jobcentres.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 271340 more like this
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less than 2019-07-04T13:27:45.393Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-04T13:27:45.393Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Funeral Payments remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans she has to ensure that the Social Fund Funeral Payments meet the costs of cremation. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stroud more like this
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Dr David Drew more like this
star this property uin 272119 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
star this property answer text <p>The Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments scheme, provides a significant contribution towards funeral costs for claimants in receipt of a qualifying benefit. It continues to meet the legislated necessary costs of a cremation, with the amount of the average award increasing year-on-year to meet these costs. It also provides up to £700 towards other costs, such as flowers, coffin and funeral director fees.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
star this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
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less than 2019-07-09T14:37:06.563Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-09T14:37:06.563Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dr David Drew more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-12more like thismore than 2014-12-12
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Funeral Payments remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8 December 2014 to Question 216782, what steps his Department is taking to improve the administration process for funeral payments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 218572 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-16more like thismore than 2014-12-16
star this property answer text <p /> <p>We are currently taking steps to improve the scheme and will continue to monitor its effectiveness so that it continues to meet its aim of providing a contribution towards the cost of a funeral. For example staff are working with the Bereavement Service, the main conduit of initial applications, to ensure where possible they collect all the required evidence and information at the earliest possible juncture, smoothing and improving the process for claimants. On-going improvements such as this ensure claims are dealt with in a timely and consistent manner and are in the best interests of those needing the scheme’s support.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
star this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-12-16T12:41:43.79Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-01-28more like thismore than 2016-01-28
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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, how many applications for Social Fund funerals were made in each year between 2010 and 2015; how many such applications were refused; and what the (a) budget and (b) lowest payment made was. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 24696 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-02-05more like thismore than 2016-02-05
star this property answer text <p>Table 1 shows the number of applications for Funeral Expenses Payments which were made and the number refused in the financial years 2010/11 to 2014/15.</p><p><strong>Table 1</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Applications (000)</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Initial Refusals (000)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2010/11</strong></p></td><td><p>69</p></td><td><p>34</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2011/12</strong></p></td><td><p>69</p></td><td><p>36</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2012/13</strong></p></td><td><p>66</p></td><td><p>34</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2013/14</strong></p></td><td><p>59</p></td><td><p>27</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2014/15</strong></p></td><td><p>51</p></td><td><p>24</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Data sourced from the DWP policy, Budget and Management Information System and is published in the Annual Report by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the Social Fund for the relevant year.</p><p>The budget for the Social Fund, Funeral Expenses Payment (FEP) expenditure is demand-led. Legislation prescribes that payments are made to all eligible applicants. That is people responsible for arranging a funeral who meet the rules on relationships with the deceased and receive a qualifying benefit. Provision for FEPs is made by central Government through the supply estimate process, but these figures are not translated into an operational budget and do not impact eligibility or award amounts.</p><p>In a minority of cases funeral expense payments are subsequently recovered from the deceased’s estate and in these cases the net amount can be very small. Given the small numbers involved it is not appropriate to release figures as there is a risk of identifying individuals.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2016-02-05T11:41:04.583Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-05T11:41:04.583Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
897242
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star this property date less than 2018-05-03more like thismore than 2018-05-03
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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, how many applications for Social Fund funeral payments were made in each year between 2015 and 2018; how many such applications were refused; and what the (a) average and (b) lowest payment that was made. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 141028 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-05-14more like thismore than 2018-05-14
star this property answer text <p>As the calendar year 2018 is incomplete at the time of response, figures for 2018 are not included in the tables below.</p><p> </p><p>Table 1 provides the number of Funeral Expenses Payments (FEP) applications received and the number of initial refusals in each year between 2015 and 2017.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Table 1: FEP applications received and initial refusals, 2015-2017</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>2017</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Applications received</p></td><td><p>46,600</p></td><td><p>44,300</p></td><td><p>41,800</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Initial refusals</p></td><td><p>20,800</p></td><td><p>19,400</p></td><td><p>16,900</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Source: Policy, Budget and Management Information System</p><p> </p><p><strong>Notes to table 1: </strong></p><p> </p><ul><li><p>Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.</p></li><li><p>Due to the timing of application processing, figures on initial refusals may relate to applications received in the previous year.</p></li><li><p>These figures do not include applications which were processed clerically and have not been entered on to the Social Fund Computer System.</p></li><li><p>Figures on applications made are based on applications received by DWP, not applications processed. Some applications may have been withdrawn before a decision was made.</p></li><li><p>The number of applications made in each year is not equal to the number of people who made applications in that year. An individual may make multiple applications in a given time period.</p></li><li><p>The number of initial refusals gives the number of initially unsuccessful applications and not those that are unsuccessful after appeal. An application will only be unsuccessful if it does not meet the qualifying criteria. These include, amongst other criteria, being in receipt of relevant benefits and meeting rules regarding relationship with the deceased. The full qualifying criteria are outlined in section 7 of “The Social Fund: Technical Guidance” publication. (<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-social-fund-technical-guidance/the-social-fund-technical-guidance" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-social-fund-technical-guidance/the-social-fund-technical-guidance</a>)</p></li></ul><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Table 2 provides the average FEP award in each year 2015-2017.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Table 2: Average FEP award, 2015-2017</strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>2017</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Average award</p></td><td><p>£1,390</p></td><td><p>£1,420</p></td><td><p>£1,450</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Source: Policy, Budget and Management Information System</p><p> </p><p><strong>Notes to table 2:</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><ul><li><p>Figures are rounded to the nearest £10.</p></li><li><p>The average award figures relate to the average payment net of returned payments (including appeals). This is calculated by taking the total value of payments in a given year (net of returned payments) and dividing by the total number of payments in a given year, as recorded in the Policy, Budget and Management Information System.</p></li><li><p>These averages include awards made after review, reconsideration or appeal following an initial refusal.</p></li></ul><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Data on the lowest FEP award in the years 2015-2018 is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-05-14T16:37:11.78Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-14T16:37:11.78Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
897243
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star this property date less than 2018-05-03more like thismore than 2018-05-03
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Social Fund Budgeting loans to cover funeral costs were (a) approved and (b) rejected in each of the last five years; and what the (a) average and (b) lowest payment was for a Social Fund Budgeting loans. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Shields more like this
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Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
star this property uin 141029 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-05-14more like thismore than 2018-05-14
star this property answer text <p>Data on Social Fund Budgeting Loans, where the loan is used to cover funeral costs, is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p>The average Social Fund Budgeting Loan payment in each of the last 5 years is provided in table 1. These relate to all Budgeting Loans and not just those used to cover funeral costs.</p><p> </p><p>Figures are rounded to the nearest £10.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Table 1: Average Budgeting Loan payments, 2013-2017</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>2017</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Average Budgeting Loan payment</p></td><td><p>£400</p></td><td><p>£410</p></td><td><p>£420</p></td><td><p>£430</p></td><td><p>£420</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Source: Policy, Budget and Management Information System</p><p> </p><p>In each of the last 5 years, the lowest payment made for a Social Fund Budgeting Loan is £100. This is the minimum amount that can be applied for.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-05-14T16:34:46.937Zmore like thismore than 2018-05-14T16:34:46.937Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-02-27more like thismore than 2017-02-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Funeral Payments remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial support the Government provides for families affected by funeral poverty after the death of a child. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Down more like this
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Ms Margaret Ritchie more like this
star this property uin 65708 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-03-06more like thismore than 2017-03-06
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Work and Pensions makes available Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payments to people who are arranging a funeral, including the funeral of a child, and who are in receipt of a qualifying income-related benefit. Funeral Expenses Payments make a significant contribution towards the cost of arranging a funeral.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Romsey and Southampton North more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Nokes more like this
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less than 2017-03-06T15:05:30.893Zmore like thismore than 2017-03-06T15:05:30.893Z
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Nokes more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-06-26more like thismore than 2018-06-26
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the funeral expenses payment in covering average funeral costs. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rutherglen and Hamilton West more like this
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Ged Killen more like this
star this property uin 157864 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-07-02more like thismore than 2018-07-02
star this property answer text <p>The Department has not carried out such an assessment. Funeral costs vary by circumstance, and the Funeral Expenses Payments scheme continues to make a significant contribution towards the cost of a simple funeral for claimants on certain income based benefits or tax credits.</p><p>The Social Fund Funeral Expenses Payment scheme meets the necessary costs of a cremation or burial for eligible claimants, with the average Funeral Expenses Payment increasing year-on-year to meet the necessary costs. We also provide up to £700 for other costs. In 2016/17, my department made approximately 27,000 Funeral Expenses Payments, costing around £38.6 million.</p><p>In addition to Funeral Expenses Payments, my department provides interest-free Social Fund Budgeting Loans to help meet additional funeral costs for eligible claimants.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-07-02T16:37:58.217Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-02T16:37:58.217Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ged Killen more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-06-27more like thismore than 2018-06-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
unstar 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 Funeral Payments remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Funeral Expenses Payment claims there have been in each year since 2005. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rutherglen and Hamilton West more like this
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Ged Killen more like this
star this property uin 158357 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-07-02more like thismore than 2018-07-02
star this property answer text <p>Data on the amount claimed for Funeral Expenses Payments (FEPs) is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p>The number of FEP applications received by the DWP and awards as a proportion of FEP applications processed, in each calendar year since 2005, are given below in table 1. They are rounded to the nearest 0.1%. Figures are not given for 2018 as the calendar year is incomplete.</p><p> </p><p>Due to the timing of application processing, figures on awards may relate to applications processed in the previous year.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Table 1: FEP applications received and proportion of FEP applications resulting in an award, Great Britain 2005 - 2017</strong></p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Year</p></td><td><p>Applications received (000s)</p></td><td><p>Awards as a proportion of applications processed</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2005</p></td><td><p>68.5</p></td><td><p>62.5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2006</p></td><td><p>67.7</p></td><td><p>61.3%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2007</p></td><td><p>63.8</p></td><td><p>61.3%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2008</p></td><td><p>67.5</p></td><td><p>59.5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2009</p></td><td><p>68.9</p></td><td><p>58.3%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2010</p></td><td><p>66.8</p></td><td><p>56.6%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011</p></td><td><p>71</p></td><td><p>54.6%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012</p></td><td><p>66.4</p></td><td><p>54.4%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013</p></td><td><p>62.2</p></td><td><p>56.3%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2014</p></td><td><p>52.5</p></td><td><p>59.1%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2015</p></td><td><p>46.6</p></td><td><p>62.5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2016</p></td><td><p>44.3</p></td><td><p>60.9%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2017</p></td><td><p>41.8</p></td><td><p>61.7%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Source: Social Fund Policy, Budget, and Management Information System</p><p> </p><p>Notes:</p><p> </p><ul><li>These figures do not include applications that were processed clerically and have not been entered on to the Social Fund Computer System.</li><li>Figures on applications received differ from the number of applications processed by the DWP. Some applications may have been withdrawn before a decision was made.</li><li>The number of applications made in each year is not equal to the number of people who made applications in that year. An individual may make multiple applications in a given time period.</li><li>The proportion of FEP claims resulting in an award is calculated by dividing the number of awards in a given year by the number of applications processed by the DWP in a given year. The number of awards used in this calculation includes awards made after review, reconsideration or appeal following an initial refusal.</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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158358 more like this
158359 more like this
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less than 2018-07-02T16:44:29.897Zmore like thismore than 2018-07-02T16:44:29.897Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ged Killen more like this