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star this property date less than 2020-01-20more like thismore than 2020-01-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Food Banks: Greater Manchester 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 estimate she has made of the number of food parcels distributed by food banks in (a) Salford and (b) Worsley and Eccles South in 2018-19. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Worsley and Eccles South more like this
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Barbara Keeley more like this
star this property uin 5376 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 2020-01-23more like thismore than 2020-01-23
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government does not collect data on the number of food parcels distributed by food banks and there is no official data on food bank use in the UK.</p><p> </p><p>In order to develop a better understanding of the drivers of food insecurity and identify which groups are most at risk we have introduced a new set of food security questions in the Family Resources Survey questionnaire from April 2019 onwards.</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 2020-01-23T16:19:38.927Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-23T16:19:38.927Z
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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 Barbara Keeley more like this
1172107
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2020-01-20more like thismore than 2020-01-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
unstar 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 estimate she has made of the number of universal credit claimants who have had a (a) waiver and (b) reduction in deductions to their monthly payments on the grounds of hardship in the latest period for which figures are 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 5464 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 2020-01-23more like thismore than 2020-01-23
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department has an obligation to ensure that public funds are administered responsibly and to abide by the principles set out in Her Majesty’s Treasury’s guidance on Managing Public Money. Waiver applications have to be considered in line with this guidance. Debts can only be waived if recovery is causing substantial medical and/or financial hardship to a claimant or their immediate family.</p><p> </p><p>In 2019/20 (up to 31<sup>st</sup> December 2019), there were 10 Universal Credit claimants who had their debts waived.</p><p> </p><p>We understand the impact that debt can have on the wellbeing of claimants and we endeavour to ensure that the recovery of any overpayment is managed in a way that takes account of the claimant’s individual circumstances. Where a person says they cannot afford the proposed rate of recovery, a reduction in their rate of repayment may be agreed.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>In 2019/20 (up to 31<sup>st</sup> December 2019), 159,000 Universal Credit claimants had the rate at which they were repaying a benefit overpayment reduced.</p><p> </p><p><em>*The figures provided in this response have been sourced from internal management information and were not intended for public release. They should therefore not be compared to any other similar figures subsequently released by the Department. The figure relating to the number of debts waived has been rounded to the nearest 10, and the figure relating to reductions in repayment rates has been rounded to the nearest 1,000. It is important to note that debts waived may not all relate to Universal Credit.</em></p>
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 2020-01-23T16:30:45.273Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-23T16:30:45.273Z
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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 Chris Stephens more like this
1172109
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-01-20more like thismore than 2020-01-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
unstar 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 estimate she has made of the value of universal credit deductions made to repay administrative errors in the latest period for which figures are 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 5466 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-23more like thismore than 2020-01-23
unstar this property answer text <p>As a Department, we understand the impact that debt can have on the wellbeing of claimants and we endeavour to ensure that the recovery of any overpayment is managed in a way that takes account of the claimant’s individual circumstances. Where a person says they cannot afford the proposed rate of recovery, a reduction in their rate of repayment may be agreed.</p><p> </p><p>Section 105 of The Welfare Reform Act 2012 amended the Social Security Act 1992, such that for Universal Credit, New Style JSA and New Style ESA, any payment in excess of the entitlement is recoverable, regardless of how the overpayment of entitlement occurred. This policy was brought in to reflect the need for a better value for money welfare system and to reinforce the overarching aim that Universal Credit mirrors work.</p><p> </p><p>In 2018/19, working with local authorities, the Department recovered £1.1bn in overpayments. Of this, £19.3m related to Universal Credit overpayments arising as a result of Departmental errors.</p><p> </p>
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 2020-01-23T16:38:35.847Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-23T16:38:35.847Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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4463
unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1172110
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star this property date less than 2020-01-20more like thismore than 2020-01-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
unstar 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 place in the Library the (a) code of practice and (b) decision-making process governing universal credit deductions. 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 5467 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 2020-01-23more like thismore than 2020-01-23
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department’s deductions policy strikes a fair balance between a claimant’s need to meet their obligations and their ability to ensure they can meet their day-to-day needs. From October 2019, Universal Credit deductions have been reduced to 30% of a claimant’s standard allowance down from 40% to better achieve these objectives.</p><p> </p><p>Deductions are made following the priority order, which determines the order in which items should be deducted. ‘Last resort’ deductions, such as rent or fuel costs, are at the top of the priority order, ensuring that claimant welfare is prioritised, followed by social obligation deductions, such as child maintenance, and finally benefit debt, such as Social Fund loans and benefit overpayments.</p><p> </p><p>The Department collects and analyses data on Universal Credit regularly, including on the rate of deductions. Alongside this, the Department is always building our understanding on the impact deductions can have on claimants, and has heard evidence from external organisations on this issue. We have to balance these impacts with the need for claimants to meet their obligations.</p><p> </p><p>The Code of Practice ‘What happens if you are overpaid Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance?’ was deposited in the Library 6 May 2014. Deposit reference ‘DEP2014-0790’ refers.</p><p> </p><p><a href="http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/business-papers/commons/deposited-papers/" target="_blank">http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/business-papers/commons/deposited-papers/</a></p><p /><p> </p>
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 2020-01-23T16:48:27.397Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-23T16:48:27.397Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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4463
unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1172111
star this property registered interest true more like this
star this property date less than 2020-01-20more like thismore than 2020-01-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
unstar 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, how many and what proportion of universal credit deductions were made to repay over-payments made in error in the latest period for which figures are 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 5468 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 2020-01-23more like thismore than 2020-01-23
unstar this property answer text <p>The information requested is not readily available and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p><p> </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 2020-01-23T17:56:24.95Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-23T17:56:24.95Z
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4423
star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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4463
unstar this property label Biography information for Chris Stephens more like this
1171581
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star this property date less than 2020-01-17more like thismore than 2020-01-17
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Food Poverty: Surveys more like this
unstar 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 progress she has made on the inclusion of food insecurity questions in the Family Resources Survey; and what the timeframe is for publication of the results of that survey. 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 4754 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 2020-01-22more like thismore than 2020-01-22
unstar this property answer text <p>Food security questions were included in the Family Resources Survey questionnaire from April 2019 onwards. Data are being collected throughout the current financial year. The extent of information published will be subject to the usual quality assurance processes, which are applied to both survey responses and DWP statistical publications. If the data on food security are sufficiently robust, publication would take place in the first quarter of 2021.</p><p><strong> </strong></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 2020-01-22T13:27:26.95Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-22T13:27:26.95Z
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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 Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck more like this
1171374
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star this property date less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Department for Work and Pensions: Families more like this
unstar 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, whether her Department has a single individual who is responsible for leading on her Department's application of the Family Test. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency St Austell and Newquay more like this
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Steve Double more like this
star this property uin 4382 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-22more like thismore than 2020-01-22
unstar this property answer text <p>As the lead department for the Family Test, DWP is currently leading on work to strengthen implementation of the Family Test across government. As part of this work, we set up the Family Test Network, which was designed to bring departments together to share best practice and work collaboratively to strengthen implementation of the Family Test.</p><p> </p><p>Each department has a Family Test lead who is part of our Family Test Network. This Network is the central forum through which we have sought input and comments on the support departments need to help with Family Test implementation. This includes Network members feeding into improvements to the existing guidance for officials in all departments on Family Test implementation.</p><p /><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </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 2020-01-22T12:07:50.46Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-22T12:07:50.46Z
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4423
star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Steve Double more like this
1171396
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star this property date less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Local Housing Allowance more like this
unstar 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, with reference to the Written Statement of 13 January 2020, HCWS29 on Welfare, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the freeze in local housing allowance on claimants in (a) London and (b) England. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dulwich and West Norwood more like this
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Helen Hayes more like this
star this property uin 4428 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-23more like thismore than 2020-01-23
unstar this property answer text <p>As I announced on the 13<sup>th</sup> January, Local Housing Allowance(LHA) rates will be increased by CPI from April 2020 delivering on the manifesto commitment to end the benefit freeze.</p><p> </p><p>For individuals who may require more support, Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) are available. Since 2011 the Government has provided over £1 billion in DHP funding to local authorities (LAs) to protect the most vulnerable claimants and support households affected by the Housing Benefit reforms.</p><p> </p><p>Further, we also announced in the Spending Round 2019 an additional £40 million for DHPs, in England and Wales, for 2020/21.</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 2020-01-23T16:55:22.393Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-23T16:55:22.393Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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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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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Helen Hayes more like this
1171398
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star this property date less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Local Housing Allowance: Greater London more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his Written Statement of 13 January 2020, Official Report HCWS 29, whether she has additional plans to reduce the gap between rents in London and local housing allowance. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dulwich and West Norwood more like this
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Helen Hayes more like this
star this property uin 4429 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 2020-01-21more like thismore than 2020-01-21
unstar this property answer text <p>From April 2020 Local Housing Allowance rates will be uprated by CPI, 1.7% in line with wider benefit uprating – ending the benefit freeze.</p><p>In addition to ending the freeze, we also recently announced an extra £40 million in Discretionary Housing Payments for 2020/21, helping to tackle the most acute affordability pressures in the private rented sector.</p><p> </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 2020-01-21T18:22:08.07Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-21T18:22:08.07Z
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4423
star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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4510
unstar this property label Biography information for Helen Hayes more like this
1171418
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star this property date less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Torfaen more like this
unstar 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 people transferred onto universal credit in Torfaen constituency in the last 12 months. 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 4415 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-21more like thismore than 2020-01-21
unstar this property answer text <p>Universal Credit is now the main system of working age welfare support across the country. It is available in every Jobcentre, with a caseload of over 2.8 million claimants, growing every month, now able to access the additional support and flexibilities it offers.</p><p> </p><p>Most people only move to Universal Credit because they have had a significant change in their circumstances which would previously have led them to make a new claim to a legacy benefit.</p><p> </p><p>Data surrounding the number of households on Universal Credit in the parliamentary constituency of Torfaen and across Wales, along with payments issued in full and on time is published online and can be found at:</p><p><a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/</a>.</p><p> </p><p>Guidance on how to extract the information required can be found at:</p><p><a href="https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html" target="_blank">https://stat-xplore.dwp.gov.uk/webapi/online-help/Getting-Started.html</a></p><p> </p><p>The Department has committed to updating Parliament and stakeholders on progress surrounding our Move to Universal Credit pilot.</p>
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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4418 more like this
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less than 2020-01-21T18:24:48.43Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-21T18:24:48.43Z
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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 Nick Thomas-Symonds more like this