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star this property date less than 2018-11-02more 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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
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, 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
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Dan Jarvis more like this
star this property uin 187333 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 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
unstar 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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less than 2018-11-12T18:05:06.27Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-12T18:05:06.27Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4243
unstar this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
1002759
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-06more like thismore than 2018-11-06
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
star 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 discussions she has had with representatives of staff working in job centres and service centres on difficulties experienced by such staff in (a) applying for and (b) receiving payment as claimants of universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
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Chris Stephens more like this
star this property uin 188874 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 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
unstar this property answer text <p>My officials regularly meet with trade union representatives to discuss areas of concerns that staff may have.</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 2018-11-12T17:51:28.387Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-12T17:51:28.387Z
unstar this property answering member
4014
star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4463
unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1002760
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-06more like thismore than 2018-11-06
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Telephone Services more like this
star 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 process is used by her Department to estimate the (a) average call duration and (b) amount of calls taken by case managers working on universal credit; and if she will publish the results of such estimates for each year for which information is available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
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Chris Stephens more like this
star this property uin 188875 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 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
unstar this property answer text <p>Data can be extracted from the Universal Credit Full Service system to establish the average number of calls per day and the average duration.</p><p> </p><p>We have no plans to collect or publish this data routinely given the costs involved in maintaining it to official statistics standards.</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 2018-11-12T18:05:10.513Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-12T18:05:10.513Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4463
unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1002761
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-06more like thismore than 2018-11-06
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Telephone Services more like this
star 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 estimate her Department has made of the number of case managers working on universal credit who are seconded to the national telephony team for each shift; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow South West more like this
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Chris Stephens more like this
star this property uin 188876 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 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
unstar this property answer text <p>We currently have 400 colleagues assigned to Universal Credit national tier telephony. We retain the flexibility to adjust the number of colleagues working on some of the core functions within Universal Credit to accommodate fluctuations in demand and the number of colleagues deployed to National Tier telephony will vary month on month as required.</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 2018-11-12T18:02:05.927Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-12T18:02:05.927Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4463
unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1007135
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-14more like thismore than 2018-11-14
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Zero Hours Contracts: Young People more like this
star 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, with reference to her Department's press release entitled Youth unemployment down 50% since 2010, published on gov.uk on 16 October 2018, what proportion of recorded employment was under a zero-hours contract. 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 191422 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 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
unstar this property answer text <p>The Office for National Statistics (ONS) use the Labour Force Survey (LFS) to provide estimates for the number of people employed on zero hours’ contracts.</p><p> </p><p>The ONS figures for people in employment on zero hours’ contracts broken down by age, do not go back to 2010 and are only currently available up to April-June 2018. Therefore no directly comparable figures to the youth unemployment statistics cited are available.</p><p> </p><p>The majority of young people are not employed on zero hours’ contracts. In 2018 (Apr-Jun) there were 261,000 16-24 year olds on a zero hours’ contracts – representing only 6.9% of employed 16-24 year olds.</p><p> </p><p>This is down from 299,000 young people (7.8% of employed young people) in 2017 (Apr-Jun), but a slight increase from the first comparable data available, which shows in 2014 (Apr-Jun) there were 235,000 young people on a zero hours’ contract (or 6.3% of employed young people).</p><p> </p><p>Many people in full-time education are employed on zero hours’ contracts, in part because of the flexibility they provide. 18.5% of all people in 2018 (Apr-Jun) on zero hours’ contracts were in full-time education – compared to 2.3% of people not on a zero hours’ contract.</p><p> </p><p>The ONS data shows that the majority of people on zero hours’ contracts are happy with the hours provided by their zero hours’ contract.</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 2018-11-20T16:24:01.813Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-20T16:24:01.813Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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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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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4243
unstar this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
1010366
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-19more like thismore than 2018-11-19
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Self-employed more like this
star 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 steps she is taking to ensure that the calculation of universal credit for self-employed people (a) accurately reflects (i) the amount that they allocate to expenses to maintain their business and (ii) their take-home earnings and (b) leaves those people in a better financial position as a result of being in work. 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 192922 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 2018-11-22more like thismore than 2018-11-22
unstar this property answer text <p>Claimants with earnings from self-employment are required to report them to DWP on a monthly basis. These earnings are reported on a simplified 'cash accounting' basis, which asks for the total income from receipts into the business and details of payments out of the business under defined categories during the assessment period. We assess net earnings after deducting business expenses. The requirements were designed to be as simple as possible in order for self-employed claimants to easily report their earnings and monthly reporting allows Universal Credit to be adjusted on a monthly basis.</p><p> </p><p>Where claimants are in the 12-month grace period or are gainfully self-employed and earning above the Minimum Income Floor (MIF), the single taper rate acts to ensure that they are better off working and earning more under Universal Credit, removing the cliff edges from the old legacy benefits system.</p><p>We announced at Autumn Budget 2018 that all new gainfully self-employed claimants can, from September 2020, access a 12-month exemption period from the MIF. This change will assist all gainfully self-employed claimants to grow their earnings, prepare and adjust for the application of the MIF. In 2022/23 it will allow 130,000 self-employed people the space to grow a successful business when moving on to Universal Credit.</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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remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2018-11-22T16:20:35.12Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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4243
unstar this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
1001921
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-05more like thismore than 2018-11-05
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
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, if she will set out the timeframe for implementing her Department's response to the court judgement of June 2018 on the payment of Severe Disability Premium to claimants who are already in receipt of Universal Credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Croydon North more like this
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Mr Steve Reed more like this
star this property uin 188119 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 2018-11-12more like thismore than 2018-11-12
unstar this property answer text <p>Written statement HCWS745 on 7 June 2018 , which preceded the Court judgment of 14 June, set out our plans to make provision for claimants already in receipt of Universal Credit, to receive a Severe Disability Premium backdated.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The ‘Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Amendment Regulations 2018’, which contain these provisions, were laid in Parliament on 5 November 2018 and will now be scrutinised and voted on by Parliament.</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 2018-11-12T18:08:45.973Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-12T18:08:45.973Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Steve Reed more like this
1001922
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-05more like thismore than 2018-11-05
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
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 steps the Government is taking to ensure that a claimant will not receive less money in benefits as a result of moving to universal credit under the managed migration process. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Torfaen more like this
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Nick Thomas-Symonds more like this
star this property uin 188120 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 2018-11-16more like thismore than 2018-11-16
unstar this property answer text <p>Welfare claimants whose circumstances remain the same will not see their benefit entitlement reduced as a direct result of being moved on to Universal Credit through managed migration, as they will receive transitional protection. This will ensure that claimants who are managed migrated will have total entitlement to Universal Credit that is at least as great had been their total entitlement to existing benefits at the point they are migrated, so safeguarding their benefit entitlement until their circumstances change.</p><p> </p><p>Claimants whose entitlement is less in Universal Credit than their legacy entitlement will receive transitional protection to ensure their benefit allowance remains the same at the point of transition. The other claimants who are migrated onto Universal Credit as part of managed migration will receive the same or an increased entitlement as they receive on legacy benefits.</p><p> </p><p>Additionally, we have announced that Tax Credits claimants with capital in excess of the £16,000 capital threshold will now receive a 12-month grace period during which they can receive transitional protection if eligible.</p><p> </p><p>We have also announced that, from 16 January 2019, we will prevent those claimants who are, or have been within the past month entitled to an award of an existing benefit that includes a Severe Disability Premium (SDP), from naturally migrating to Universal Credit following a change of circumstances. These claimants will continue to receive the relevant legacy benefit(s) appropriate to their change of circumstance and will only move to Universal Credit via managed migration (and therefore be eligible to transitional protection), safeguarding their existing benefit entitlement.</p><p> </p><p>We will also provide both an on-going monthly payment to eligible claimants who have already lost the SDP as a consequence of moving to Universal Credit and an additional monthly payment to cover the period since they moved. Eligibility for these payments will depend on a number of criteria being satisfied, which include whether the basic qualifying conditions for SDP continue to be met.</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 2018-11-16T14:33:47.083Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-16T14:33:47.083Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nick Thomas-Symonds more like this
1002002
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-05more like thismore than 2018-11-05
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Separation more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether there is provision in place to equalise universal credit entitlement when a couple separates. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett more like this
star this property uin 188012 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 2018-11-16more like thismore than 2018-11-16
unstar this property answer text <p>When a couple separates and still require the support of Universal Credit they will claim separately and as such the two claimants will be treated as entirely separate claims and will have their entitlements and therefore award amounts treated accordingly.</p><p> </p><p>If an advance has been awarded to a couple and the couple subsequently separate, they will be equally liable to repay the advance.</p><p> </p><p>When a couple separates, and an advance has not been recovered from the associated benefit claim because the claim ends or there was no entitlement to that benefit, the outstanding balance is treated as if it were an overpayment. This would then be recoverable (as per Section 71 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992) at the standard overpayment rate.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>After separation, if a couple have an overpayment for which they are both equally liable, the debt is apportioned equally. Once this apportionment has been done we will not reverse the split liability decision. Any debt for which only one member of a couple is liable will follow that person on separation.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
188013 more like this
188014 more like this
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less than 2018-11-16T14:20:06.583Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-16T14:20:06.583Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this
1002003
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-05more like thismore than 2018-11-05
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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 remove filter
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Separation more like this
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 steps her Department takes to ensure that there is a fair division when recovering advance payments when a couple separate. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hemsworth more like this
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Jon Trickett more like this
star this property uin 188013 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 2018-11-16more like thismore than 2018-11-16
unstar this property answer text <p>When a couple separates and still require the support of Universal Credit they will claim separately and as such the two claimants will be treated as entirely separate claims and will have their entitlements and therefore award amounts treated accordingly.</p><p> </p><p>If an advance has been awarded to a couple and the couple subsequently separate, they will be equally liable to repay the advance.</p><p> </p><p>When a couple separates, and an advance has not been recovered from the associated benefit claim because the claim ends or there was no entitlement to that benefit, the outstanding balance is treated as if it were an overpayment. This would then be recoverable (as per Section 71 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992) at the standard overpayment rate.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>After separation, if a couple have an overpayment for which they are both equally liable, the debt is apportioned equally. Once this apportionment has been done we will not reverse the split liability decision. Any debt for which only one member of a couple is liable will follow that person on separation.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
188012 more like this
188014 more like this
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less than 2018-11-16T14:20:06.63Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-16T14:20:06.63Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jon Trickett more like this